Celebrate Nigeria’s Independence with “Real Naija Ladies of Dallas” Official Trailer

One again guys, I have proceeded on a new journey and it involves producing a new reality show starring Nigerian ladies in the United States. You guys do not want to miss this one. See trailer below and learn more about the cast mates as well.
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REAL NAIJA LADIES OF DALLAS OFFICIAL TRAILER

Real Naija Ladies of Dallas is a spanking new reality show that centers around Naija Ladies living and making their mark in the United States. It is the first ever reality show featuring Nigerians in the United States and the first of its kind ever to hit television screens around the world. The show is set to correct the myth about Nigerians who live in America. You think you know how they survive? You have no idea! See the truth through the eyes of those who actually live it. Unscripted, Unbiased and Unapologetic, these five ladies give all others a run for their money with their boss personas and deep wallets. These Naija ladies will sicken you with designer purses, Louboutins and no nonsense attitudes. They exude love, confidence, vulnerability and hustle. They bulldoze anything in their path to get to the mark. Surely a breath of fresh air but don’t take our word for it. See the show and be the judge.
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I Wish I Never Had To Work, Literally!

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Angry businesswoman biting the keyboard

Why am I working? I mean really? My husband can afford to take care of me and the kids without me ever lifting a finger. But of course I chose to work just to be miserable.Let me break this down for you;
If you are working for yourself, i.e an entrepreneur, I am probably not talking to you. You set your own time, you put in all the effort and know that if it yields profit, its all in your favor. You do not fear that your employer will let you go and, you probably do not have to deal with fast mouth, not so pleasant co- workers who make jokes that you do not consider funny. I sure am not talking to you. However, if you work in an organization where you do not only have to manage clients but also co-workers, employer, managers, etc., then this one is for you. Below are a few reasons why I hate going to work. Continue reading

Real Housewives of Dallas Cast Revealed

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I had seen the Brave crew around town and me and some of my other blogger girlfriends had been present during one of the many Dallas events at the W Hotel when they were filming, truth is , we were not sure if this was for the speculated “Real Housewives of Dallas” show? or some other show. The wait is officially over and yes the hit franchise has made it’s way to Dallas. It’s about time!
The Real Housewives of Dallas is here to prove that even the drama is bigger in Texas. Giddy up, RHOD is coming your way on Monday, April 11 at 10 p.m. on Bravo.

Cary Deuber, Tiffany Hendra, Stephanie Hollman, LeeAnne Locken, Brandi Redmond and their friend Marie Reyes take Real Housewives to the Lone Star State with big egos, big hats and even bigger attitude.

Like all Real Housewives shows, there’s a pecking order in place with pedigree and status involved. You know what happens when old-money meets new-money meets no-money. Get a sneak peek at the drama in the exclusive preview below. Don’t let the sweet Southern accents fool you, these ladies don’t mince words.

Here’s what you need to know about the ladies:

The Real Housewives of Dallas is here to prove that even the drama is bigger in Texas. Giddy up, RHOD is coming your way on Monday, April 11 at 10 p.m. on Bravo.

Cary Deuber, Tiffany Hendra, Stephanie Hollman, LeeAnne Locken, Brandi Redmond and their friend Marie Reyes take Real Housewives to the Lone Star State with big egos, big hats and even bigger attitude.

Like all Real Housewives shows, there’s a pecking order in place with pedigree and status involved. You know what happens when old-money meets new-money meets no-money. Get a sneak peek at the drama in the exclusive preview below. Don’t let the sweet Southern accents fool you, these ladies don’t mince words.

Cary Deuber is an East Coast girl, hailing from Connecticut before spending her childhood in Ohio and making her way to Texas. A certified registered nurse’s first assistant, Cary has gone on medical mission trips in third world countries. She lives and works in Dallas with her plastic surgeon husband Dr. Mark Deuber and maintains her own aesthetic injectable practice. She’s also a mom to a baby daughter and step-mom to two kids.

Tiffany Hendra, a veteran actress, host and model, moved back to Texas to be closer to her family. Now she’s reconnecting with best friend LeeAnne Locken and working with philanthropic organizations including Angels of East Africa, a group dedicated to the rescue of orphaned children in need. She’s been married to Australian rocker Aaron for 12 years and Bravo notes she has a “troubling past” from her time in the limelight. Classic Real Housewives.

LeeAnne Locken, a former Miss USA Pageant competitor, has had several parts in TV and movies and now leads efforts for several charitable organizations in Dallas.
Stephanie Hollman hails from Oklahoma. Described as “the girl next door,” Stephanie is the mom to two boys. According to Bravo, for Stephanie to make her own money, her husband, Travis, writes up a list of chores for her to do while he’s away on business.

Brandi Redmond, a former Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader, is a dedicated Texan. She married her high-school sweetheart Bryan and is the full-time mom to two young girls. Her husband is away on business, so Brandi focuses a lot on charity work and spends time with BFF Stephanie.

Marie Reyes, a friend to the Housewives, is also involved in the Dallas charity scene. She’s an RN who owns and operates SkinSpaMED.

Be sure to come back to E! News for more from The Real Housewives of Dallas. The show premieres Monday, April 11 at 10 p.m. on Bravo.

My 3 City Crush This Valentine

Saint Tropez city, Mediterranean Sea, France

Saint Tropez city, Mediterranean Sea, France

1) In St. Tropez, at the heart of the French Riviera, the sun really does shine brighter and the Mediterranean is truly bluer. Or maybe that’s just the effect of the chilled rosé going to your head when you visit St. Tropez. If long leisurely lunches and days spent poolside interrupted only by shopping for Provencal handicrafts are what led you to St. Tropez travel, the historic charms of this seaside town will be a bonus.
What to Do in St. Tropez

The list of things to do includes rest, relax, eat, and drink, but there are also some sights to see in St. Tropez:

• Place de Lices
• Chapelle Ste. Anne
• Vieux Porte
• Pointe du Capon
• La Ponche
• Museum of l’Annonciade
When to Go to St. Tropez

If you want to travel to St. Tropez when it is its most glamorous and buzzing, then go in July or August. You’ll find, however, that hoteliers are well aware how coveted their rooms are then, and you’ll pay dearly to stay. The weather is still good in May, June, and September. Off-season St. Tropez can be charming, even if you can’t expect beach weather.
DON’T MISS

Partying like a celeb and spending like one too—a beer will cost you a whopping $33!—at Les Caves du Roy, the hottest nightclub in town, inside the hottest hotel in town, the Byblos. (Tip: Be sure to dress the part!)

Soaking up the glamorous scene and celeb-spotting on popular Nikki Beach.

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What Every Southern Woman Knows About the Power of Makeup

When Tennessee native Amy Maclin moved to New York City, she discovered that “serious” women don’t wear lip gloss. But frankly, she didn’t give a damn.
By Amy Maclin

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In certain essential ways, I have failed as a Southern woman. I can’t fry a chicken. I don’t own anything monogrammed. I hate football. But sweet Lord, I love makeup, as so many of my countrywomen do.

The archetypal Southern female is a champion of artifice. She thinks it’s important to make things nice, which is why she’ll keep politely chitchatting even if she’s passing a gallstone. She also likes to bend nature to her will: If God didn’t give her visible cheekbones, well, she’ll get a little powder and do him one better. As Blanche DuBois put it, “I tell what ought to be truth.”

And thus for generations, my foremothers have circled up by the light of the Dillard’s Lancôme counter to line and pat and puff. Every morning they got up, baked their faces on and went out into the world. Without mascara, said my mother, her eyes were just “two burnt holes in a sheet.”

When I was 9, I wrote the beauty editor of a popular women’s magazine—let’s call it Fatuous—and told her I’d like to have her job one day. She never wrote back, but the joke was on her: As a young woman, through happenstance and stubborn optimism, I actually landed a spot at a fashion magazine in New York City.

I wouldn’t be in the beauty department; I would be inserting and removing commas. But on my first morning I sat at my vanity, wild-eyed: What makeup would I wear? This was the late ’90s, when there had been an explosion of new lines—Laura Mercier! Bobbi Brown! Stila!—and I was drunk with possibility, like Templeton the rat at the county fair. Which blush? Which shadow? Which gloss? Finally, I chose a Nars palette called Lust for Life and, quadrant by quadrant, began art directing my face.

Oh, it is to laugh! And to weep for the naïve hick that I was, because I did not know how they rolled, the well-heeled women of the Eastern Seaboard. I shared an office (and by “office” I mean the fashion closet) with three other members of the rank and file who, unlike myself, had degrees from fancy colleges. And naked eyelashes.

Let me see if I can put it in a noncosmetic perspective, this deep divide: One of my office mates had spent her senior year writing a thesis for which she traveled to Normandy, as in France. I had spent my senior year planning my wedding, where we served cheese straws but no alcohol because of the Baptists. I did my own makeup: a trio of gray eyeshadows and a red lipstick, all by Cover Girl. I was so proud when a guest told me she thought it was a professional job. Cheap things can pass for expensive if you know how to blend properly.

Blending properly would become an obsession of mine at this sophisticated magazine with so many brainy women—none of whom had been required to take hunters’ safety classes in junior high, or wore any visible makeup. Even the beauty editors’ faces were nonchalantly bare. (Maybe this is what Coco Chanel meant by “elegance is refusal.”)

Vanity was okay, as long as it involved suffering—ordering omelets without the yolks, getting up early to hit the gym, having saline injections to shrivel one’s leg veins. But spending your lunch hour at the MAC counter, getting trussed up like an Opryland show girl? It was not done.

Even so, in this one way I could not betray my motherland. I might be in New York, the reinvention capital, but I knew some things had to be nonnegotiable. So I was in full drag when I pitched my first story, when I bought my first grown-up shoes from Agnès B., when I attended the star-studded Russian Tea Room event where Paul Rudd turned to me and asked huskily, “Could you pass the tart tray?” Tart. Sometimes I felt sheepish about my shimmering powders, and at other times I stoked a flame of defiance. Go ahead, find my mirror-finish lip gloss frivolous, I thought. You know what else is frivolous? Your “self-directed” major in Expressions of Contemporary Popular Culture!

Eventually, I transformed myself into a person who goes to France. In Paris, I stopped at a department store for some eyeliner. The saleswoman sat me down and drew on gigantic Nijinsky-style cat eyes—ridiculous and utterly unapologetic. She declared, “Vairy preety.” I believe it was her Gallic way of saying, A woman should enjoy her face. The women of Wilson County had known that all along.

Today I’m proud to be the daughter of the 1961 Mount Juliet High School fall festival queen. Pageantry! I bring it, with my face full of possibly ridiculous paint. Many would rather have the extra five minutes in the morning, and I salute them. But I take joy in creating that daily work of artifice. Because when you sit down at the mirror with your compacts and brushes, what you’re really saying is, I’m ready for the show to start.

Culled from Oprah.com

Does Mascara Irritate Your Eyes? Here’s Why

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If you are anything like me, certain products affect your eyes. My overall skin (by skin I mean other parts of my body) is fine with anything. I can apply Aveeno after a bath, or coconut oil and still feel great and silky. But when it comes to my eyes, I am such high maintenance. From the primer, to the shadow itself and then the mascara, it has to be free of certain ingredients for me to be able to use it. Even then, I have to free my eyes from the sun after all this make up is done. I have used everything from cheapies, (covergirl and l’oreal) to highend (esteelauder and chanel). In the end the mascara that works for me is the “Benefit, they are real mascara). This is not a paid ad, it is just the product that works for me Somewhat pricey, but at least I will not be having a headache or some sort of irritation after application, and for that, I am willing to pay a few more dollars. In any case, a professional might have answered the question for us all. Her advice below;
Q: Suddenly, mascara seems to irritate my eyes. But I’m a blonde and I need it! Help!

It isn’t uncommon to have an allergic reaction to specific fragrances or pigments in mascara, says New York City optometrist Andrea Thau. Her suggestions: Try a hypoallergenic mascara and makeup remover; apply an eye makeup primer to create a barrier between the mascara and your eyelid; and avoid blue and purple shades, as they’re made with an ingredient that’s considered allergenic. And don’t forget to remove your makeup before bed!

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Sarah Palin Wants You To Vote For Donald Trump

The former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin praised Donald J. Trump’s experience in the private sector in announcing her support for him

The former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin praised Donald J. Trump’s experience in the private sector in announcing her support for him

AMES, Iowa — Sarah Palin, the former Alaska governor and 2008 vice-presidential nominee who became a Tea Party sensation and a favorite of grass-roots conservatives, endorsed Donald J. Trump in Iowa on Tuesday, providing him with a potentially significant boost just 13 days before the state’s caucuses.

“Are you ready for the leader to make America great again?” Mrs. Palin said with Mr. Trump by her side at a rally at Iowa State University. “Are you ready to stump for Trump? I’m here to support the next president of the United States — Donald Trump.”

Her support is the highest-profile backing for a Republican so far. It came the same day that Iowa’s Republican governor, Terry Branstad, said he hoped that Senator Ted Cruz would be defeated in Iowa. The Feb. 1 caucuses are a must-win for the Texas senator, who is running neck-and-neck with Mr. Trump in state polls.
The endorsement came as Mr. Trump was bearing down in the state, holding multiple campaign events and raising expectations about his performance in the nation’s first nominating contest.
As Mrs. Palin announced her backing, Mr. Trump stood wearing a satisfied smile as she scolded mainstream Republicans as sellouts and praised how Mr. Trump had shaken up the party. “He’s been going rogue left and right,” Mrs. Palin said of Mr. Trump, using one of her signature phrases. “That’s why he’s doing so well. He’s been able to tear the veil off this idea of the system.” Continue reading

‘Affluenza’ teen Ethan Couch and his mother detained in Mexico

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Ethan Couch in court during hearing

(CNN)The so-called “affluenza” teen Ethan Couch and his mother, who were being sought by Texas authorities, have been detained in the Pacific resort town town of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Couch’s cell phone use might have led authorities to the pair.

Couch, 18, went missing earlier this month in Texas, where he was under probation for a 2013 drunk driving crash that killed four people and drew nationwide attention over his lawyers’ use of his privileged upbringing as part of their defense at trial.

The U.S. Marshals Service tracked Couch down using electronic surveillance, including tracking a cell phone believed to be linked to him, an official briefed on the investigation told CNN.

The Marshals Service alerted Mexican authorities, who detained Couch and his mother on Monday, the official said.

The two had been staying at a hotel in the Puerto Vallarta area, the source said.

Couch is wanted by authorities in Tarrant County, Texas, for allegedly violating his probation. His mother, Tonya, was listed by Texas authorities as a missing person after her son’s disappearance, and the authorities said they believed she was assisting him.

After arrest in Mexico

After arrest in Mexico

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Gabrielle Bernstein: 3 Steps to Make Your Facebook Page a More Positive Place

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Internet haters getting you down? It happens to the best of us, even bloggers like Gabrielle Bernstein! Read on for her three steps on how to move past the negativity and make your social media space a more positive place. Then, tune in Sunday at 11 a.m. ET/PT to watch Gabrielle and a panel of what Oprah calls the “next generation” of spiritual voices tackle some of life’s big questions.
Last Monday, I got a frantic call from my mother. She breathlessly told me: “There’s someone on your Facebook fan page writing nasty things about you! But don’t worry, honey, I responded and set her straight.” I laughed and said, “Thanks for sticking up for me, Mom, but that’s not how I handle negativity on the Internet.” I went on to explain that, as a spiritual student and teacher, I must practice what I preach. By bringing my spiritual practice to these situations, I intuitively know how to handle haters on the Internet. I helped my mother understand that engaging in the negativity only invests in the negativity. Rather than defend myself and fight back, I’ve learned to see these encounters as divine spiritual assignments. Through compassion, defenselessness and forgiveness, I’ve come to see how mindfully dealing with Internet haters can only strengthen my spiritual faith.

As the universe would have it, that wouldn’t be my only conversation about Internet haters that week. The following day I was in Chicago shooting a segment for Oprah’s “Super Soul Sunday.” What was one of Oprah’s first questions to my panel? She asked how we handle haters on the Internet! I immediately responded, “Forgive and delete.” I explained how I use forgiveness and several other spiritual principles to shine light on the darkness of the Internet.

If you’re anything like my mother, it’s time to put down the boxing gloves and use my three spiritual tools for handling haters online.

Step 1: It’s Not About You
When people attack us on the Internet, many of us immediately assume that the attack has merit and means there’s something wrong with us. I choose to have a different perspective—I like to have compassion for these folks. Let’s face it: A happy person won’t waste his time posting negativity on positive people’s pages. Therefore, we must have a tremendous amount of compassion for these people. Anyone who wastes his time and energy spreading negativity clearly needs more light in his life. Begin your practice by saying a prayer for the person. Simply say: “I pray for you to release your negativity and see love instead. I pray for you to be happy.” This prayer will immediately reconnect you to a sense of compassion and help you let go of your anger.
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5 of the Most Inspiring Women on Instagram

What would it mean if the world knew your story—and how would it change you, enrich you? O has partnered with Instagram on a game-changing new initiative, #MyStory, that gives you the chance to find out. Here, five Instagrammers tell us where they’re coming from—and reveal the power of sharing their true selves with millions of others.

Patricia Lay-Dorsey

Photo: Courtesy Patricia Lay- Dorsey

Photo: Courtesy Patricia Lay- Dorsey


“I’ve been an artist for decades and have always preferred to see only the sweet stuff. But now that I’m 73, I want to be a part of what really is. And being a photographer gives me an excuse to meet new people, whether I’m scooting around downtown Detroit or going to an electronic music festival (I’m known as Grandma Techno around here). I view my Instagram as my living room. It’s a place for people to feel safe and live in the present.” —@patricialaydorsey

Alsion Meade

Photo: Courtesy of Allison Meade

Photo: Courtesy of Allison Meade


“I’ve always loved old cars and building things. In sixth grade, I desperately wanted to take shop, but my friends wanted me to take home economics with them, and I followed their lead. I deeply regretted it and decided I was never again going to choose a path just because it was expected of me. Now I’m a welder, artist and firefighter. Women have told me, ‘I thought it was fireman for a reason.’ That’s not okay! I want sixth-grade girls to know they can be firefighters, too.” —@oldsoulstudio

Denisio Truitt

Photo: Courtesy of Denisio Truitt

Photo: Courtesy of Denisio Truitt


“When I got divorced in 2014, I was ready to get out of the Washington D.C. area, where I’d spent my entire adult life. I visited a friend in New Orleans and fell in love with it—the heat, the architecture, the people. It reminded me of Monrovia, Liberia, where I lived for about a year as a child. When I moved here, I felt like my life had come full circle. And the friend? We fell in love, too. Now we co-own a clothing design company. I’m still on a journey, but my hope is that people will see me sharing all parts of myself—as a black woman, as an entrepreneur—and relate, wherever they are on their journey.” —@denisiotruitt

Jenn Zeller

Photo: Courtesy of Jenn Zeller

Photo: Courtesy of Jenn Zeller


“I live on a cattle ranch in South Dakota in the middle of nowhere. It’s a 20-mile round trip to my mailbox. My photographs are a way to show people that a cowgirl isn’t necessarily somebody you’d find at a rodeo—I’m out there bundling up to feed the cows when it’s -30 degrees outside—and to start a conversation about where our food comes from. I want everyone who might not get to visit this beautiful place to see it through me.” —@thesdcowgirl

Tess Holliday

Photo: Courtesy of Tess Holliday

Photo: Courtesy of Tess Holliday


“I’ve been a model for six years. In the industry, people with my body type are usually overlooked, so I use social media to share my life. I’ve gotten bullied with comments like ‘How could you show off your body at your size?’ But I want to motivate someone to look at herself differently—try on a dress she normally wouldn’t wear or do something that scares her. We’re told that when you’re a certain size, you’re not allowed to be happy. But I’m showing that I get to do what I love.” —@tessholliday

Culled from Oprah.com

Kerry Washington’s Purse, New Weapon Against Domestic Violence

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Kerry Washington may not have ever experienced domestic violence, but that doesn’t mean she can’t use her voice or her celebrity powers to continue the conversation–especially when it’s a subject that’s been hushed for too long.

The face of Scandal has partnered up with the Allstate Foundation once again, just in time for Domestic Violence Awareness Month, to encourage women to speak up about both the abuse and the financial burdens that come about in abusive relationships. In a collaborative design effort with Dee Ocleppo, Kerry Washington assisted in creating the 2015 Purple Purse for Allstate’s campaign, where the actress has also been appointed ambassador. This is the starlet’s second take on a purse with the organization where she debuted her first chic bag last year.

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The significance of using a clutch as a conversation-starter on the topic stemmed from the impact of economic abuse on relationships and the need to put “financial control and freedom directly into [women’s] hands.” A 2009 national Allstate Foundation poll found over 75% of Americans believe the recession further strained domestic violence victims and survivors and 67% believe the poor economy caused an increase in domestic violence. They also reported “57% of cities cite domestic violence against women and children as top cause of homelessness.”

Kerry Washington spoke her involvement in the major project and the empowerment behind the purse.
“Financial abuse is prevalent in 98% of the cases of domestic violence and the number one reason why women go back to abusers. These women don’t feel like they can take care of themselves financially.”

“Purple purse assists women in becoming financially independent and saves their lives and their families. I love being able to be part of that solution.”

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On why she chose a purse, the Emmy-nominated star mentioned the symbolism behind the fashion piece.

“A purse is where your financial well being lives. All of the things that are of value to you live in your purse, so it’s kind of the perfect metaphor for this work.”

On the Purple Purse website, Allstate invites their users to experience how financial abuse keeps victims trapped through an interactive video — and it’s chilling. The beginning of the visual starts with the viewer hearing a glass shatter as she washes dishes and the screen asks:

You’re a 33-year-old, stay-at-home mom, married since the summer after college. In the past few years, financial troubles have pushed your husband’s temper from jealous to controlling to physical. You no longer feel safe in your own home.

Do you want to stay or leave?

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The user is then navigated through steps she would take if she decides to leave, and a few issues she would encounter, such as not having the financial means to get out of the relationship. Do you call a friend? Turn to a family member? Run off to a hotel?

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The video proves that although it’s easy for bystanders to ask, “Why don’t you leave?,” many women may not have the financial means to do so. That is where the Purple Purse initiative comes in as it teaches women financial tools such as saving, debt management, and credit clean up.
The $350 purse is available at Saks Fifth Avenue, with 25% of the proceeds going towards more than 160 domestic violence organizations across the nation and locally. These programs aim to provide life-changing services to survivors. And if that’s too much for your wallet, Purple Purse is also selling awareness charms for $10. The charms serve as a symbol to show victims they are not alone, with a detachable card of a survivor’s story.

Check out Kerry Washington’s purse and PSA on the making of the purple purse below and let us know ways you speak out against abuse amongst women.

Are you a domestic violence survivor? What were some of the reasons you stayed? What gave you the strength to ultimately leave?

Culled from XOnecole.com

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