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How Much Bad News Can We Take?

How has the news been affecting our mind, souls, and bodies?  It's an obvious question when we are constantly bombarded with negative news.  Is the world as bad as it seems?  Statistics would say no, but we are living with very unstable leadership and especially uncertain times.  Your mind can be easily taught to think things are worse than they are. Under the current leadership, believing things are worse than they actually are, is becoming dangerously easy to do. Due to a constant competition for ratings, news outlets will often "over-report" negative news stories.  The news that makes the final cut is violent and dramatic with the kinds of headlines and visuals that elicit a visceral, and emotional response.  How...

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Some Only See What They Want to See: 'No Oppression in the Last 100 Years'

Legendary NFL Coach Mike Ditka said on Monday in a bigoted, privileged rant that, “there has been no oppression in the last 100 years that I know of. Now maybe I’m not watching it as closely as other people.” Ditka, who adamantly opposes the NFL players who kneel during the national anthem, also said “all of a sudden, it’s become a big deal now, about oppression,” on the Monday Night Football pregame show. Yes Mike. All of a sudden. Mike apparently forgot about Jim Crow, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Ditka said yesterday in clarification, that he was “sorry if anyone was offended” and “the interview was about the NFL…that’s where my...

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Freeformed Locs: A Personal Journey and Collective Revolution

Definition: “Freeform(ed) Locs” are dreadlocks that form naturally and without any manipulation. (also commonly known as, organic dreadlocks, neglect method dreadlocks, natty dreadlocks, rasta locs, the "crown", and wicks) Other than keeping the hair clean, the individual’s hair remains un-styled and uncombed. The individual’s hair (with varying degrees of time based on hair texture) will then fuse together, naturally, into units commonly called, “Dreadlocks”. Freeform dreadlocks differ from “traditional dreadlocks”; in that, traditional dreads are manipulated and styled. Traditional dreadlocks are neater and more uniform in appearance. In the split screen below, the model on the right has freeformed locs.  The model on the left has traditional locs. Some of the common ways that traditional dreadlocks are groomed or maintained include...

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Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse Recipe for Dreadlocks

Dreads are gorgeous—a true phenomena of natural beauty. However, as many of you know, “natural” doesn’t always mean “easy”, and even though dreadlocks are often thought of as a maintenance-free hairstyle, all dreadlocks do need to be kept clean. Due to the porous and spongy texture of dreadlocks, an apple cider vinegar rinse is recommended about every other month or so, as a natural clarifying treatment. The apple cider vinegar rinse is highly effective at clearing away product residue, mold spores, and dirt that may become buried within the dreadlock. When the apple cider vinegar rinse is complete, the hair and scalp are left feeling lightweight and clean. Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse Recipe for Dreadlocks Ingredients: 1 Gallon of Purified...

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Standing with Kaepernick

  So the camp is divided once again, and it comes as no surprise. We have what many would call an opportunity to make an impact with the boycott of the 2017 NFL football season. Like the proposed boycott of “Black Friday 2016” the “Standing with Kaepernick” boycott is being met with resistance from members within our black community. There is no clear consensus as to whether black people and her allies are “Standing with Kaepernick” or “Sitting in their Loveseat on Sunday”—le sigh. Nearly every Black person and ally can agree that racism upsets him, but no one seems to be able to agree on what exactly to do about it. We long to fight with the patience, valiance,...

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