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Two of Russell Simmons’ accusers say alleged sexual misconduct happened ‘so fast’

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Two of the women who have accused Russell Simmons of sexual misconduct shared details about their alleged experiences with the music mogul Tuesday morning on NBC’s “Today.”

Natashia Williams-Blach and Sheri Hines, who first publicly accused Simmons last week in a Los Angeles Times article, sat down with Megyn Kelly for the interview.

Simmons has denied all allegations of nonconsensual sexual activity. Both women took issue with a letter that the Def Jam co-founder wrote to the Hollywood Reporter in which he talked about his spiritual evolution and said, “I can sleep at night because I know who I am.”

Williams-Blach, an actress, said that letter was what prompted her to come in off the sidelines. She said that when she was 18, Simmons unsuccessfully tried to force her to perform oral sex on him after the two had attended a yoga class.

“It’s all so fast when you’re in that moment. …,” she said. “I’m present, I’m seeing it all happen, but I’m shocked.”

Hines, a hip-hop musician, said that when she was 17 or 18, Simmons invited her to his new office and then raped her. She’d gone with him, she said, in hopes of asking him about a failed record deal involving her group Mercedes Ladies.

Last week, NYPD detectives said they were in the early stages of reaching out to women who had accused Simmons. Hines said Tuesday that she had been contacted but hadn’t yet talked to the police; Williams-Blach said nobody had reached out to her so far.

 

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Maybelline New York Announced Josephine Skriver as Global Spokesmodel

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Josephine Skriver (PRNewsfoto/Maybelline New York)

Maybelline New York, the World’s leading cosmetic brand, announced recently with excitement, Josephine Skriver is the Global Spokesmodel for Maybelline.

Josephine has risen to the top of her industry, through years of dedication, hard work and hustle in the Big Apple and around the world. She is well-known International Model with a Loyal Fan base, recognized by her philanthropic work, down to earth personality and immense success in her modeling career.

“Being a part of the Maybelline New York family is a dream come true! I have been wearing Maybelline since I was a little girl,” said Josephine.

“We are beyond thrilled to have Josephine as part of our Maybelline family,” said Leonardo Chavez, Global Brand President, Maybelline New York. “A Partnership with Josephine was completely organic because she resonates with our global customer and is a dynamic and fresh addition to our roster of talent. She embodies determination, grit, energy and spirit, while having a true connection to New York and the dream of making it happen in this city.”

Josephine is excited to continue her work with Maybelline New York this Spring, appearing in her first campaign for the brand for the launch of Super Cushion 2-in-1 launching in May 2018.

For More Information visit www.maybelline.com

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Informer – This is a Mind Shift

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We have all had moments of defining ourselves by our stories.  For many of us, this is the only way we know how to explain who we are, through our stories.  We tell them repeatedly.  Churning them in our minds, over and over again.  Explaining them and valuating them to expound on why we do and think what we do.  Clarifying to others in order for them to see why our story is a commodity.  Stories that illuminate why we are strong, resilient, persistent, purposed, important and valued.  All these traits birthed and utilized to define who and what we are.  I am not saying we should not do these things.  We should take account.  Mostly for ourselves to help remind us that nothing has truly defined us, destroyed us or prevented us from self-actualizing. 

However, I find that too often, we become victims to the stories.  We self-define ourselves in line with our strengths, our culture, our ethnicity, our religion, our weaknesses and other traits the stories unveil.  I find that many of us never go beyond those defining moments and memories.  We hold on to them and stake them with flags of self-discovery.  Finding refuge, celebration, and relief of the claim, that today, I know who I am.  The flag stuck soundly in the story as if land conquered and made claim to.  From that moment on, we sit on the land I call moment and tell the story of how we got there, what happened there and why we are still there. We become synonymous with the story.  We see no separation between our existence and definable moments.

I question today why revelations are turned into definitions of self?  Are we really defined by the land of experience we lay claim to?  Are we defined by the revelation the stories reveal?  No, we are not defined by anything.  We are informed of all things.  I am no more defined by being a woman or being of African descent than I am the land my home resides upon, the car I drive, the losses I experience or the degrees that hang on my wall.  These things inform who I am and who I attempt to become.  They inform my walk, possible encounters, and impediments, uniqueness’s, gifts, talents, and influence.  None of it defines.  I am undefinable.  I am above definition.

We are beyond definition.  Every time we define ourselves, we limit who we are and our possibilities to become.  When we allow things to inform us of who we are and what we will do or encounter, it allows us a freedom to question and navigate around and through various life happenings. Why?  Because without definition, there is no tethering to any one moment.  Informing allows us to be made aware.  It directs and the breeze of empowerment from what we become aware of moves us further down the path of life.

To allow definition means to allow self to be stuck.  Stuck speaking and living through those defining moments, identities and ideologies of what was.  When defined by those things outside of us, we lose our power to be, to change, to awaken, to separate and recreate as the creator that we are. 

Today I inform you that you are beyond definition.  I ask you to destroy the dictionary life experiences and encounters have solidified in your hand that tether you to yesterday.  A land that has withered and deteriorated with time, no longer benefiting you.  Realize you are an encyclopedia, informed by each day, each year, each decade, and forever evolving.  Always becoming renewed and expanded upon.  The knowledge that comes from the informing permits you to be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Authorizing you to make a more informed and better choice today and masterfully form tomorrow.  We are not defined by anything.  We are informed by everything. 

 

 

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Old School Dating VS. New School Dating

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Photo Credit: Jessica Stibbs from Nubian Message

Do you know the difference and are willing to make a change?

By Shanti Bloodworth

I remember when my grandfather use to tell me all the stories about how he had to work hard just to take my grandmother out on date. Back in the 1940’s they did not have cell phones that included FaceTime and texting. You literally had to meet the woman’s parents first just take to take her out for coffee. Now, men can meet a woman randomly and never have a full understanding where she came from. Who do we blame? Do we blame the media, technology, or ourselves?

I am going to blame all three aspects that has changed the way dating is taking place. Social media is the new dating app/meeting new people. Technology has us so lazy to the point we just talk on the phone with our partner more than having an in-person conversation. Lastly, we have to blame ourselves for the change of dating. We can still go back to the basics of dating with purpose. In today’s society, women are accepting being the Side Chick and men are accepting being treated like a sex toy. Below I have created a list of old school dating tactics that we should start back doing in 2018.

 

  1. Him walking to your home door to pick you up
  2. Bring a small gift such as flowers
  3. Dress to impress: Blazer with some nice slacks (men) & Knee length dress with 2 inch heels (women)
  4. Verbally ask them out on a date: Not Via Text, Facetime, Email, or Social Media
  5. Always open every door for her
  6. Your Dating Elevation Pitch: If you run into someone while out on a date, introduce your date to your friend.
  7. No Sex: Flirting is fun while on a date with each other but does not mean you have to hit the bed in the next two hours. Always respect each other!
  8. Cell Phones Off Limits: Put your cell phone away! No need to check your emails, text your friends, or scroll through your Instagram account. Enjoy that little time with each other.
  9. Homemade romantic gestures: My grandfather use to make my grandmother cute cards saying how much he misses her. The smallest thoughts would take you a long way guys.
  10. Having a Purpose: Make sure the both of you are on the same level with each other. After you spend so much time with each other, please do not be afraid to ask if you’re a couple.
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