Monthly Archives: October 2010

Nicole Rouse: Be Careful What You Pray For

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Nicole Rouse, an Urban Christian writer, third novel Be Careful What You Pray For, was released on Tuesday, October 26.

Be Careful What You Pray For by Authoress Nicole Rouse

Be careful what you pray for is an old adage, but one that Maya Richards comes to discover is more than just a cliché.

Third grade teacher Maya Richards has been with her soulmate, Kenneth Green, for over ten years. She never doubted that Kenneth would one day ask for her hand in marriage, but on the eve of their anniversary, Maya asks a question that Kenneth struggles to answer.

When their relationship ends abruptly, Maya finds herself alone for the first time in thirteen years. She turns to her family and best friend to help her deal with her heartbreak, but is left to heal on her own. Her parents have discovered a love for traveling, her sister is preparing to move across the country, and her best friend is busy tending to her husband and children.

Instead of seeing this time as an opportunity to get closer to God, feeling lost, Maya begs God to send her a new mate. Impatient and desperate, Maya begins a relationship with gym teacher Lloyd Bradford despite the many warning signs.

As she struggles to escape a dangerous situation, Maya learns that the relationship that matters most in life is the one that she has with Christ. Will Maya have the strength to break away from Lloyd’s tight reigns, or will she trust God and allow Him to restore peace in her life?

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Join me as I speak with Nicole Rouse on Sol Searching Blog Talk Radio tonight. We will discuss her latest novel but also talk with her about the literary industry. If you are an aspiring author, you do not want to miss this show.

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Be Careful What You Pray For Book Blog Giveaway

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This week Author Nicole Rouse (www.nicolerouse.com) is releasing her third novel, Be Careful What You Pray For.

Follow the author around the net as she visits different blogs and internet radio shows this week for a chance to win an autograph copy of her latest novel, Be Careful What You Pray For.

Be Careful What You Pray For by Authoress Nicole Rouse

Be careful what you pray for is an old adage, but one that Maya Richards comes to discover is more than just a cliché.

Third grade teacher Maya Richards has been with her soulmate, Kenneth Green, for over ten years. She never doubted that Kenneth would one day ask for her hand in marriage, but on the eve of their anniversary, Maya asks a question that Kenneth struggles to answer. When their relationship ends abruptly, Maya finds herself alone for the first time in thirteen years. She turns to her family and best friend to help her deal with her heartbreak, but is left to heal on her own.Instead of seeing this time as an opportunity to get closer to God, feeling lost, Maya begs God to send her a new mate. Impatient and desperate, Maya begins a relationship with gym teacher Lloyd Bradford despite the many warning signs. As she struggles to escape a dangerous situation, Maya learns that the relationship that matters most in life is the one that she has with Christ. Will Maya have the strength to break away from Lloyd’s tight reigns, or will she trust God and allow Him to restore peace in her life?

Monday, October 25:
Today’s On the Train http://books.capeinhand.net/
The POV Lounge Author Chat: www.authorswritersmeeting.webs.com

Tuesday, October 26: T.L. Haddix http://www.tlhaddix.com/

Wednesday, October 27: T.L. Haddix http://www.tlhaddix.com/

Thursday, October 28: Sol Searching Blog www.solsearching.wordpress.com
Sol Searching Radio Show www.blogtalkradio.com/sol-searching at 8pmCST

Friday, October 29: Notorious Spinks Talks www.notoriousspinkstalks.com

Ready to enter?  Its easy peasy!

1.  Follow my blog! +1
2.  Tweet this giveaway with @cmbva in the message! +1 (only earns one entry)
3.  Blog about this giveaway and leave the link for me! +3

4. Leave a comment on each blog post this week, including this one! +1 (for each entry)
5.  Add up your total for me! +1

Easy, right?  Don’t forget to leave a comment with your total number of entries and your email address!
Entries will be tallied and the winner will be drawn on Sunday October 31, 2010 using a random number generator.    Good luck and thanks for entering!

 

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I am Not My Hair

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I tell ya, Willow Smith has really brought attention to how we feel about our hair. African Americans have struggled many years with grasping the fact that our hair is not like our Caucasian counterparts. Our hair comes in many lengths, textures, and curl patterns.

We must understand that our hair does not define who we are as a person. It is just an extension of our heritage. India Arie said it several years ago in her single, I am not my hair. How appropriate that single was then and now.

I like the PSA Sesame Street has put together to help kids to accept & love their hair. You can wear it in different styles regardless love your hair!

Be proud of your African beauty…You are not your hair…

Share the following videos with your youth groups and help them to embrace their difference but love themselves.

   

 

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Negotiations & Marriage

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Single Women are beginning to believe that they will never get married. Black women believe there are no good Black men available, heterosexual, and have a job. Is this true? Are women having to start negotating their standards just to get a man?

Check out this video…the lady is telling the man what she is looking for & need in a man. He says he is all that but then she comes up with something else that she needs.

Are women being unreasonable with their requests for a spouse? You tell me…..

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How N Secure are you?

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N Secure, www.n-securethemovie.com, is a movie that was born & filmed in Memphis, TN. The co-writers, Julius Lewis & Christie Taylor, are from Memphis. The movie follows the lives of urban professionals that have the money, power, status quo to do what they want to do; however, there is a dark side.

As we know October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Domestic Violence don’t discriminate against race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability or financial status. The Domestic Violence hotline website defines DV as a pattern of behavior in any relationship that is used to gain or maintain power and control over an intimate partner.

The main character in N Secure was an abuser. His demeaning behavior toward his girlfriend was a classic case for Domestic Violence. He didn’t allow her to have friends, talk to her family, & she had to answer his calls immediately or she would be in “trouble”.

The movie addressed a taboo subject in the African American community and did a damn good job on how jealousy, controlling, & abuse can destroy lives.

This movie is a must see because we all can relate to something that is going on in the movie. Do you stay with a man for the stability he offers but you are unhappy and he is abusing you?

You will have to watch the movie to find out how the story plays out…but be warned it does not end the way you think it will…..

Abuse is never acceptable…if you are in an abusive relationship take the steps to get out…Visit www.hotline.org to get additional information to help you escape your abusive relationship.

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Guilty on all counts….but

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Jessie Dotson

Convicted Murder-Jessie Dotson

 

Jessie Dotson, the sole killer in the Lester Street Murders, was found guilty on 6 counts of first degree murder & guilty on 3 counts of attempted first degree murder. It took the jury 2 hours to find him guilty. Now 2 hours is that enough time to really go over all the evidence, talk amongst yourself, & discuss the case?

The Lester Street Murders (LST) case was two weeks long, hundreds of evidence shown, & a slue of witnesses. So can a jury really deliberate a high profile case of this magnitude in 2 hours?

The jury, even though they were chosen from a jury poll in Nashville, had to feel the pressure that someone [Jessie Dotson] had to go down for this heinous crime. With all that pressure and today being their first chance of talking to each other about the case, how in the hell did they talk about all the evidence, all the forensic science, all the witnesses, & most importantly how did they discuss the kids testimony in 2 hours? It’s impossible.

Yes 9 people are dead & yes they were killed in an atrocious manner, but their families deserve to put the real killer(s) in jail.

I really hope Jessie know he is going to get the strongest sentence that the judge can give him. The Judge believed he

 

Jessie Dotson testifying

Jessie Dotson testifying

 

was guilty from the start, so Jessie all I can tell you is to get right with the Lord.

Jessie definitely knows what happened in that house. Jessie definitely know who helped him kill his family; however, Jessie feel is safer for him to take the fall for these murders to save the lives of his remaining family.

The problem still stands in a high profile case, juries NEVER deliberates properly. Take your time & read your notes, review the evidence. They really could use a 6 Sigma Process: which would have helped them to identify & minimize [remove] any evidence that was a contradiction or varied from the actual physical evidence.   Nooooo they went on their own personal feelings & to see a baby stabbed & killed at tender ages will make anyone with a soul & heart convict, but was that the right thing to do?

There was plenty of doubt in this case but someone had to go down for it….so down Jessie went.

Do you really think a jury can be impartial & deliberate pertaining to the evidence.

Source for more information about the Lester Street Murder trial which includes more videos.

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How Sanitary is Your Nail Salon?

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Many of you have seen an influx of salons (hair & nail) come into your neighborhoods.  Yes, the economy has given some the idea to skip on some practices while providing you with “professional” nail and hair services, but is these salons professional if they overlook some important safety & sanitation procedures? We in the beauty industry call these types of salons Non-Standard Salon (NSS).

A NSS is basically a salon that does not follow standard safety & sanitation policies and procedures. I know you are thinking right now that I am basically talking about Asian salons. No, not only their salons but any salon/shop that fail to follow the sanitation and safety procedures that are set by their State.

These shops are damaging the nails of women & men daily. Most of the time to offer the prices so cheap, they are using illegal & or substandard products such as products that contain Methyl Methacrylate (MMA).  MMA is a hard product & illegal product. Those that uses this type of product must scratch up/scrap your nail bed to ensure that acrylic will stick to your nails.

When you visit one of these NSS, as a consumer you have the right to ask the products they are using & the container it comes out of. Most have the product on their station with no labels. That is a big NO NO! Always know what brand of product they are using.

You should also be concerned with the pedicure tubs that are being used in NSS. Ask them about their sanitation procedures. Ask them to see the cleaning log for the pedi tubs. These tubs must be cleaned after each & every client. It takes more than wiping the tub down with the towel they just dried your feet off with. Remember these tubs have jets & the jets and filters are catching all the dirty & debris from each client feet. Do you want to put your feet in a tub of water that someone else skin is floating in?

Our jobs as Nail Technicians is to ENHANCE the natural nail not destroy the nails. It is also our job and responsibility to follow rules and laws and provide a safe and sanitary environment for people to receive services. You can receive a professional safe & sanitary service it a reasonable price; so please don’t confuse reasonable price to mean that salon/shop is an NSS.

To determine if the salon/shop you would like to visit or visiting is a NSS, your first step would be to walk in the door. Is the salon clean? Watch how they sanitize after each client? See if they dispose of items after each client or do they use the same wooden stick, sanding bands, etc on each & every client? Look for their valid business license & latest health inspection score posted on the wall visible to everyone. Make sure each nail tech that works on you has a licensed posted & it is valid.

This is your hands & health that is very important to you…Do your homework! Not all salons/shops are NSS. You can receive professional sanitized nail services. There are plenty or quality salons in every city.

If you need help in finding a quality salon in your city, please just leave a comment. I am a full-time nail tech in Memphis, TN at Salon de Sol & I am a member of an elite group of nail techs that values the industry, sanitation, & the safety of our clients. So I will be more than happy to help you find a nail salon.

Watch this video about what could happen to you if you visited an NSS:

How Sanitary is your Nail Salon? I want to know…..

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