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Art, Music, Review

Revisiting an Icon: Minnie Riperton

May 23, 2016 • By

2016 has been full of amazing music from artists like Kanye West, Rihanna, Beyonce, Chance The Rapper, Drake, and more. Yes this year has blessed our ears, but we’re not talking about 2016 right now, we are taking it back to someone your momma and your granny used to sing in the kitchen together. The high-pitched legend Minnie Riperton! Minnie Riperton’s high falsetto has inspired many of your favorites like Mariah Carey and Ariana Grande so let’s get in that Soul Train themed time machine and see what she blessed the world with.

Most famous for her song “Loving You” where we all have tried to hit that note “la la la la la la la la do do do AHHHHHHH”. Born in 1947 in Chicago, IL no one knew she would change the sound of soul music by meeting the deeper gospel-esque voices like Aretha Franklin, with her angelic tone. Her most renowned works Perfect Angel and Adventures in Paradise claimed top spots on the R&B charts and solidified her spot as an icon in music.

Entertainment, Music

Neisha Neshae | On A Cloud OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO

May 23, 2016 • By

I can finally pin a face to the vocals! I’ve heard Neisha Neshae On a Cloud a handful of times while riding with someone or even hearing cars alongside me blasting this young vocalist down Gratiot. While she remind me a bit of the city’s Dej Loaf, this Ypsi songstress is making a name for herself FAST; along with having a shit ton of loyal followers who calls themselves #BOSSBAES. Neshae has  a great deal of co-signs under her belt to where I’m sure this won’t be the last time I hear about her. As far as her visual for On A Cloud she gives us just a small glimpse of her young adulthood and the transformation she made possible by following her dreams. Something I’m personally pushing for so the message triggering for me, in the best way.

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Check out more about her life story here on Metro Times, her music and enjoy the video above!

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Art, Entertainment, Fashion, Food, Review

THE WEEKEND PT 2: Wednesday is when it all began

May 16, 2016 • By

I honestly had a long ass weekend. The festivities for me started in the middle of last week. It was like Wednesday was Friday, Thursday was Friday Plus and Friday was Super Friday. Or whatever. I’m sure you understand the idea.

Okay so I was in limbo for literally two weeks about going out. I live my life as a hermit so getting out of the house can sometimes be rare. I’m that friend that says I’m busy when I’m clipping my toenails in front of my computer screen. I’ll think about it literally translates into but I need a nap. We’ll see is another of way of saying I’ll probably forget and accidentally plan something less eventful in its place. Yeah, terrible but I’m becoming more sociable.


My first stop of the week was an event named Art Babes. Art and Babes, yes. Beautiful art and the creative women behind each piece. All flaunting and supporting each other. It was such a joyous event. Everyone came out for it even the lil babies. Everything (the art, refreshments, music) was provided by women and the ability to work together as a unit was represented quite well. Once all the adults left, aside from the beautifully aged couple ball rooming their hearts away, a party started. One I wasn’t expecting but appreciated soon after!

Entertainment, Music

Ride With Me | Tierra Tanai feat. Nick Margetic & Jones Hareaux

May 11, 2016 • By

Summer is just around the corner and it’s time to find good riding music to add to that “Riding Down Jefferson” playlist. Tierra Tanai, Nick Margetic, and Jones Hareaux have given you an awesome song that will fit right in. This mellow jam with a sample from the Isley Brother’s “Footsteps in the Dark” will have you wanting to have one hand on the steering wheel and one on that…

This song might even have you hip rolling like it’s 2005 especially when Tierra puts her soft voice over this even softer voice. This song fits right in with the Bryson Tiller and Tory Lanez esque music that has hit airwaves everywhere. If you have yet to check out this song on Soundcloud I urge you to not only check it out, but it play it over and over.

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Relationships: A No-Holds Barred Discussion

May 9, 2016 • By

Relationships are tough. It’s like a never-ending flight of stairs that can lead you to upper levels of euphoria and through downward spirals of pain. Words and messages can get lost in translation, and the background noise can simply be just too much. Here are some tips that one can follow to avoid some of the pitfalls that may come around.

Be Honest: This is a VERY underrated subject. It’s in our nature as people to try to cover up the truth when it comes to new age taboo topics such as DM’s, likes and retweets, posts about someone else, etc. There is nothing that can trump honesty, so please… Be honest about everything at all times.

Be Respectful: Respect is another slept-on aspect of a relationship that people overlook. Yes you may love 💘 and cherish your signficant other but do you respect them? Do you respect their wants and needs? Can you STILL show respect even after a heated argument or disagreement? These questions should all coincide with showing the upmost respect toward each other.

Keep a united front: This is a bit of a double-entendre only because you literally have to sometimes front to keep a united front. A united front means that regardless of what argument or fight may have just went down, as soon as you two enter into a public arena, you keep things together at all costs. I can care less if it’s on social media, or around friends, never let people see some of the more challenging aspects of your relationship. This in turn cuts down on different opinions that could potentially damage the livelihood of your relationship.

Put Love first.

 

#BecomeInspired

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Health, News

“I think it’s funny how…” Why weed sales are plummeting

May 4, 2016 • By

Weed, pot, marijuana, whatever you’d prefer to call it is becoming extremely cheap at an alarming rate. You would think that in this day in time, where states are legalizing marijuana left and right, that governments would take advantage and tax the hell out of an average dub or whatever. But nah…

The increased supply in your local dispensaries have caused prices to drop. A couple of years ago Washington conducted a policy experiment. With the information they’ve gathered, prices has drop each month by 2 percent. Now for those who are producing a product that’s in high demand means that they’re kind of fucked. Why is that if they’re working along these dispensaries? I mean, as bold as it is, they would have to compensate to avoid being arrested and caught in other legal mumbo jumbo. It’s sort of a win/lose situation.

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With 24 states and DC siding with the green, with its boundaries of course, what would happen if marijuana was legal EVERYWHERE. Can you imagine how companies would MILK the idea of consuming of weed. omg. I’m almost sick just thinking about how Arby’s would incorporate the munchies in an ad for their repulsive sandwiches. I mean, besides that, bigger corporations, their shareholders and the government would flourish. Money isn’t a thing so compensating wouldn’t be an issue because of it being a billion dollar industry. Therefore, at that point it’ll be dirt cheap. On the flip side of things the State itself would save about $12 billion.

Replacing marijuana prohibition with a system of taxation and regulation similar to that used for alcoholic beverages would produce combined savings and tax revenues of between $10 billion and $14 billion per year

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So what does that mean for the consumers? Well, cheap(er) weed. Currently you can walk into dispensaries meaning to grab an eighth and walk our with a damn bundle of goods. With a 24% decrease, per year (let’s just say) just imagine what you could benefit from it. The fact remains that as long as the plant grows there will always be product. It’s worth debating about until the day come.

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