274 at 11:12!!!!

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Yesterday history was made AGAIN!!!! 4 years ago President Barack Obama made history as the first African American President of the United States, and last night he did it again by getting reelected in what some saw as an unexpected victory!!

For me, this years election was completely different than four years ago. Back then I was in college watching the results in a dorm with my friends, however, this time around I was at work directing our local newscast. Back then when we found out he won my friends and I ran out screaming onto the courtyard with the rest of our classmates, then took off running to the other side of campus screaming Young Jeezy’s “My President is Black”!! lol!

This year I was in a mixed crowd at work that included conservative republicans, plus I was at work so no screaming over here! lol! I just remember my boss calling over the intercom “GO TO NETWORK NOW!!!” (meaning go to National NBC) & there it was!! Around 11:12pm NBC announced President Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States, was reelected into office with 274 electoral votes!!! He nabbed Ohio & it was all over!

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(I’m kind of a sore winner. lol! OH WELL!!!)

I’m so happy he won & even happier it’s over!! Plus now with a democratic majority in the Senate HOPEFULLY he won’t have as much of a struggle creating the change he promised in 2008! If you missed his speech, check out below

Congratulations President Barack Obama!!!

I’m proud to say I voted for you & I believe in what you can do for this nation! You represent the new American dream, one that many now see can be achieved no matter the color of your skin, whether or not you were raised in a 2 parent home, the neighborhood you grew up in, or the amount of income your family has. You truly see us as one nation of all!

Vote!! Vote!! Vote!! Vote!!

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“Vote or Die”

“Head to the Polls”

“iVote”

“Shut Up & Vote”

Whatever slogan meets your fancy, keep it in mind as you head to the polls on this momentous year to vote for the President of the United States of America! I did my part, make sure you do too!!

I’m not gonna tell you who to vote for, but since this is my blog & I’m a Liberal Democrat I have no problem telling you who I voted for: President Barack Obama!!! No I did not just vote for hiim because he’s black. I work a a news station & we’ve been running election crap non stop since waaaaay before the Republican Primary so there’s no way I couldn’t make an informed decision. Say what you want about him but at the end of the day that’s my president, he cares about women & the middle class, being a product of a single parent home he can relate to the plight of minorities, he gave the order to take down the most wanted man in America & let’s face it, most of the innovative, pro-America policies he’s attempted to put in place were voted down because checks & balances were against him (*cough cough* & most of those white Republicans don’t want to see a black man in charge)

Okay, I’m off my soap box. I jus had to get that off my chest. lol! Anywho, on November 7 we’ll know who the new leader of the free world will be so if you are able tomake sure your voice is heard & GET OUT & VOTE!!!  (If you’re over 18 & not registered to vote shame on you!!)

Here’s some motivation

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Whomever you choose to vote for please PLEASE do your own research & make your own decision based off your own experiences. It’s your voice & your right, why not use it?

Happier Than You Know . . .

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I’m not one to talk about my problems, things that are bothering me or things I’ve overcome, but something told me I needed to share this with you guys.

On this day last year, around 10pm I put my life in danger and not for the thrill of trick or treating.

10.31.11

I have no reason to lie to y’all so here goes:

I was hanging out with some friends at a bar downtown, got a lil tipsy but I was good! On the drive home I was doing my regular tipsy driving routine- radio blasting, windows down & occasionally texting. The highway was 3 lanes & thanks to my phone every time I checked it I ended up crossing over. What happened next I don’t entirely recall but apparently the last text took my attention away so much that crossed over all 3 lanes, lost control of my car going 60mph, it slid into a ditch & finally stopped when the car ended up on its side.

Terrified & in shock, I tried to open my door but they wouldn’t unlock. I rolled down the window & 2 good samaritans are sliding down the ditch rushing to my rescue. Both women had just gotten off work, one helped me out of the window while the other called 911. They waited with me until my parents, the fire department & police came.

I’m so blessed to have survived that night! So many things could have made it go the other way- a lightpole was 50ft away, a creek surrounded by trees was about 150feet away. Just thinking about that night brings me chills & after hearing & seeing my family, friends & coworkers reaction to my accident I never want to put them through anything like that again. I never want to go through anything like that again!! Especially not when it was completely avoidable!

I will admit that since then I no longer drive tipsy but I do still get distracted while driving. It’s somewhat second nature at this point but when I notice myself doing it I stop. I enjoy Halloween for the decorations, costumes & candy but I thank God regularly because He’s the only reason I survived that night.

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I visited my accident site a month after in the daylight, again, Thank God!

 

Lip Service: The Sneaker Ball

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Pull out your formal wear & your favorite kicks & get ready to have a good time for a good cause!!

Initial eVennts, LLC is hosting The Sneaker Ball celebration to conclude this year’s Without Sole Campaign 

There’s still a little time left to donate so if you’re in Atlanta & surrounding areas check the donation stations and give your new or gently worn shoes to a worthy cause.

Then to celebrate head to the Goat Farm Arts Center located in West Midtown for the Sneaker Ball. Tickets for this event are only $10 but you can  purchase yours ahead of time here.

Follow @WithoutSole for more info or visit www.WithoutSole.com

Pucker Up

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Whether you’re new to Blondie’s or are a regular reader 2 things should be obvious from the name of my site -I’m blonde & I love lipstick!!

I like to consider myself a lip connoisseur -lipsticks, lip stains, lip glosses. If it goes on your lips I’ve heard about it, tried it & can tell you all about it!! lol! I love all kinds of makeup but I just have a particular fetish with lip wear to the point that my monthly budget includes a lipstick expense (yeah, it’s that serious!) However when people meet me as I’m out covering events or just representing my brand on a regular day -usually in one of my precious lipsticks -they assume I sell it. NOT EVEN CLOSE!!! lol! Although one of my goals is to be endorsed by or start my own lipstick line, right now Blondie’s Lipstick is focused on bringing you “the latest in fashion, music, beauty & unsigned hype” !

Until then I’ll tell you guys about my favorite lipstick lines in my new segment Pucker Up. The first line I’m gonna talk about is by an entrepreneur who’s career I’ve been following since 2010. Her hustle & persistence is not to be dismissed! I’m talking about the blossoming mogul, Keyshia Ka’oir

 

& she’s a brand you just can’t beat!!! Here’s her story:

To purchase some of the outrageous colored lipstick (and yes, she has some “everyday colors” for the less daring out there) click here

& I never recommend anything without trying it first!

Kaoir Lipsticks

Racquel by Kaoir

I plan on adding more Ka’oir Cosmetics to my collection & you know I’ll tell you guys all about it!!

Naked Black Justice

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I haven’t seen anything about this in a minute but I wanted to stir it up again and fill you all in on it.

Based on the saying “dont judge a book by it’s cover” and fueled by the Trayvon Martin case in Florida, Atlanta photographer and CEO of Noire 3000 created his campaign Naked Black Justice to bring to light the injustice African Americans are still facing today. Take a look:

Naked Black Justice

“This photography campaign was designed to bring attention to the issues of racism, prejudice and overall ignorance that has been impressed upon Black Americans. This is no longer just a statement…it has become a MOVEMENT to get others to understand that the world would be such a better place if we could just ERASE THE HATE!! Nudity was implemented to demonstrate the RAW REALITY of these issues…so if it causes you to become uncomfortable while viewing this…GOOD…maybe it will challenge you and others to take a stand against these injustices.” ~Noire 3000

I support this powerful campaign because education is the cure to ignorance. Regardless of race, nationality, religion, sexuality or social stature we are all God’s children and deserve the same rights, privileges respect and acceptance as the next man. Sadly that’s not the America we live in but this type of in-your-face message is start to a better tomorrow.

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Verity Reign Says . . .

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Every now & then in my social media perusing I find a post that is so TRUTHFUL that I jus have to share it! This is one of those posts! Check out the latest from Verity Reign

Pet Peeve: Friends Who Constantly Cry About Mr. Wrong but Never Leave Him!

Okay, I’m not one with an unusually long list of pet peeves. Even when certain things (like smacking your food all up in my ear) annoy me, I’m pretty good at ignoring them and faking a convincing, wide smile as if all is well. One thing, however, that I cannot tolerate, is when women stay with trifling, good for nothing men and then call their BFF to complain about and weep over them! Jesus, take the wheel!

 
Though Mary sings about the very thing I can’t stand, I LOVE this song! Love me some MJB 🙂
While choosing to stay in unhealthy relationships when you have all ability to escape disturbs me, I can learn to accept it. If you’re happy being unhappy, then who am I? But if you choose to tolerate his tomfoolery—whether running around with anything that has a lady part, or refusing to put down his perfectly rolled blunt to go get a job—then please,please do not call your girlfriends at all times of morning, day and night to cry and complain about his behavior. As the official innocent-friend-who-didn’t-sign-up-to-be-your-relationship-therapist poster child, I yell for us all when I scream, “WE DON’T WANT TO HEAR IT, AGAIN!” Once or twice or maybe even 3 times, we’re all ears and smart mouth, saying, “Unh-Unh! No he didn’t, girl. You deserve better. You are smart and gorge!” Out of sympathy, we’ve cried with you, let you stay over and took you out for cocktails and pedis. We’ve encouraged you time and time again to take note of his consistent pattern, telling you that he’s not going to change and the best thing you can do is to just walk away. We’ve given you examples of independent, sometimes struggling but still boss chicks who raise the kids by themselves just so you know that you can do it too. We’ve done over and beyond our part, and if we could go back in time and delete the day you first met him we’d do that too; but we can’t.
Not at all trying to be harsh, but as a former go-to when he’s acting up friend in my clique, it’s a very draining and tiring thing. It’s even taken a toll on some of my friendships. My declining patience led to my bluntness, which led to the use of my ignore button, which led to my friends getting offended. You don’t want your homegirls to get to the point where they start ducking and dodging your phone calls because they already know that 9 times out 10 it’s because Tyrone is out all night again. When you’re really tired of settling for B.S. and ready to move on—for good this time—then by all means, call us. We’ll be your biggest cheerleader, supporting you every step of the way and strengthening you on those extra vulnerable days. But until then, don’t keep burdening us with the weight of your toxic relationship that you do nothing about because you’re so in love with someone more than you are with yourself. Not judging because most of us have played the fool at some point, but when is enough enough? At some point you have to be a big girl, walk away and stop being victimized by high school and undergrad pimp game. One of my role models Tracey Ferguson, EIC of Jones  magazine, tweeted, “If you settled for it, don’t complain about it.” Keep this in mind if you’re that homegirl who constantly vents to your clique about your no-good man but for whatever reason can’t seem to shake him loose.
Are you the constantly crying chick or the tear-catching girlfriend? Share your experience(s) regarding this topic!
*This post obviously doesn’t apply to women who feel trapped in volatile relationships. If you’re a victim of domestic abuse please go visit the National Domestic Violence Hotline at thehotline.org to seek out professional help in your area.Just letting truth rule,

Verity Reign!

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As the friend who’s always ready with a listening ear & shoulder to cry on I have the same pet peeve Verity! Be real with yourself & if you’re that chick CHECK YOURSELF!! Your friends & family will try to be sympathetic but if you abuse that after so long the only one attending your pity party will be you.

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Real Models

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contributed by T. Johnson

T. Johnson

It has been my opinion that we all are born with the pre-disposition to want to have someone to look up to, someone to show us the way when we become lost, and someone that sees the best in us when we can’t see the best in ourselves. That person who shows us what “doing the right thing” looks like, what success looks like and how to find our own path. All too often, in the young lives of those who need them the most, this individual or individuals is seemingly nowhere to be found forcing them to look towards “the next best thing” the only other thing that has consistently played a role in their lives, media and the products of their environment.

Real Models

The depth of this issue increasingly became obvious to me as I found myself in a classroom volunteering with under-privileged middle school students. I was getting to know some of the students when I came across a very interesting young man with his pants hanging off his behind. Before I instinctively told him to pull them up I couldn’t help but ask him why his pants were sagging? He informed me that it was a part of his “swag”, a “swag” that he picked up from his role model, a certain music artist who I shall not name. He then proceeded to tell me about how he knows every song by the artist word for word. I then asked if he knew how many continents there were, he did not.  When I asked him what he wanted to be when he grew up he said an NBA player and while I praised him for setting goals I couldn’t help but ask him what drew him to his choice and he replied to me how, ever since he could remember, he’d always been told that a possessing a magic jump or rapping would be his only way out. Needless to say I was mortified and instantly, the issue here became apparent.

While there are always individuals that we look up to and self-define as the epitome of success these people, more often than not, are not easily accessible to us. When we think of figures like President Barack Obama and Dr. King, both of which I have read about, wrote about, and idolized, represent role models that project an image of success that proves to be inspirational to my entire race. As great as they are, that little boy who I met earlier can’t call President Obama for homework help, can’t rely on the writings of Dr. King to push him into higher education. It is in this capacity that the need for REAL models comes into play.

I can personally attest to the power of having REAL models present as I have been blessed to have come into contact with some great individuals who take the time to support and progress my goals on a daily basis and if it had not been for them I’m honestly not sure who I would be today. If REAL Models can have such an impact on me, as a grown man, imagine the level of influence they would have on the younger ones. The magnitude and role of Real time mentoring is powerful beyond measure in our communities. They are the teachers, the advisors, and the community leaders that take who selflessly take that extra mile to not just pursue the success of their own but that of those who look up to them. I have been mentored by a variety of individuals and in turn have become a mentor to dozens. Ladies and gentlemen, this is cycle we need to progress and promote.

I’ve come to learn that any issue is only as bad as you allow it to be and that notion holds to be true in regards to saving the children of our communities, reforming the image of “The African American Male” in its social context, increasing our representation on the campuses of colleges and universities nation-wide, and most importantly the transition from boys to men. Let’s change the statistics. I mentor, do you?

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**Fab Mamacita**

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Tokaree Wingfield

I know I haven’t done one of these in a while but today marks a momentous occasion! A year ago today my sister, Cancer twin & one of my best friends in the whole wide world (and also the woman who gave me the idea for the segment!) gave birth to the most amazing little boy I’ve ever met: Sebastian Tokarr Wingfield!!!

Despite starting a family in a new state at the age of 22 and a year later having her husband deploy in the military, my China Doll has made lemonade from her lemons by moving back to Atlanta to be near her family. During that time she has purchased a new car (“Adonis the Black Beauty” is SUPER nice! lol!), and also managed to balance being employed by 3 different businesses (including being my fabulous assistant here at Blondie’s Lipstick, LLC!) all while being a full time mom to my favorite little man!! Her journey is far from over! A true dreamer, Tea aspires to go back to school & finish her degree, and when her husband returns she hopes to combine his photography skills with her awesome makeup & styling skills and start their own studio!

It’s crazy what life throws at your but my no matter what Tea encounters she faces those challenges and obstacles with God on her side, loving family & friends, a supportive husband & the coolest baby on earth always brightening her day with his smile!! I love you TEA & tell Sebastian his Auntie Kitty is gonna smother him in kisses when I see him!!! *MUAH!*

Tea & Sebastian

HAPPY 1ST BIRTHDAY SEBASTIAN!!!

His Perfection

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contributed by Nique

She is the epitome of what perfection would be if it existed….

I dream about the curves of her body and the arch of her back

And wonder if I will ever be good enough to deserve to be in her presence

I have memorized the smoothness of her forehead to the slope of her nose

Every freckle on her face and the shape of her lips

I can detail the elongation of her neck and I fantasize about the taste of her collarbone….

….It’s the sweetest thing…

My fingertips tingle from the memory of what her breasts feel like in my hands and the smooth expanse of her stomach and I am lost

Lost in her….

My entire being is drawn to the space in-between her legs and the not-too-distant feeling of being “home” once again

The thickness of her thighs and the softness of her calves make my mouth water …

As I continue my descent I slow my movements just to make this experience last longer

..to make it last forever

And as I explore and memorize again and again

I will forever remain in awe that a creature such as this exists

She is everything

She is the only thing……

I crave the understanding of her expressions…..

I want to know the depths of her secrets

Her heartache and her pain

Her struggle and her strength

I need to know the mystery behind her smile

And the motivation behind her happiness

She is an enigma

And yet…

So unassuming

She can cry a thousand tears and still wear a smile

She astounds me……

But I am drawn like a moth to a flame

And I would sooner be engulfed by that very flame then lose sight of her

Then lose the feel of her……

Then lose….Her

She is everything

Because she is the only thing……….

Repentance Is Not Just For Sinners

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contributed by Kaydee

by David Wilkerson
[May 19, 1931 – April 27, 2011]

The longer I walk with Jesus, the more I am convinced that repentance is not
just for sinners, but also for believers. It is not simply a one-time thing,
but something God’s people are called to do until Jesus returns.

Every Christian who maintains a repentant attitude brings upon his life God’s
special attention. Indeed, repentance opens up something to us that nothing
else can. If we walk before the Lord with a repentant heart, we will be
inundated with incredible blessings!

A repentant heart is soft, tender and pliable, is and easily molded by the Holy
Spirit. It responds to and acts upon godly reproof.

The number-one characteristic of a repentant heart is a readiness to
acknowledge guilt. It is a willingness to accept blame for wrongdoing, to say,
“I am the one, Lord. I have sinned!”

If there is no admitting to sin, there can be no repentance: “For godly sorrow
worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of” (2 Corinthians 7:10). If
you are not willing to acknowledge you are wrong, you are saying you don’t need
to repent.

Before Pilate released Jesus into the hands of murderous priests and elders, he
wanted the world to know it wasn’t his fault. He called for a basin of water,
dipped his hands into it and declared himself innocent of Christ’s blood before
the angry mob:

“When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was
made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am
innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it” (Matthew 27:24).

The phrase, “See ye to it” here means, “Make sure you all know my hands are
clean. I have done nothing wrong and I am clean from all guilt.”

Pilate’s hands were not clean, of course; he was about to hand over the Son of
God to murderers. This kind of thinking shuts a person off from any possibility
of repentance. Had a prophet approached Pilate the next day, preaching, “Repent
or perish!” the ruler would have been aghast. “Who, me?” he would have asked.
“I’ve done nothing wrong. How can I repent when I haven’t sinned?”

John writes: “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the
truth is not in us. . . . If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a
liar, and his word is not in us” (1 John 1:8, 10).

Read this devotion online: http://www.worldchallenge.org/en/node/17425?src=devo-email