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Monday, July 30, 2007

Beauty Role Model: Omahyra Mota

Voted one of the 50 Most Beautiful People by Paper Magazine in 2001, at sixteen years-old modeling sensation Omahyra Mota had already graced the pages of Italian, German and Nippon Vogue. She has also appeared in The Face, ID and Numero magazines and been photographed by Ellen Von Unwerth, Helmut Newton, Richard Burbridge, Terry Richardson, Bruce Weber, Liz Collins and Thomas Schenk among others.
I am choosing Omyahra Mota physically because she is hot, unique, and has a killer walk. I choose her also because she lives an interesting life. For example, she models both men and women's clothing. I am curious about her androgyny; she was reported as being bi and dated male model, Boyd. She was a member of a punk band, O.M.I. and an actress; you may have seen her in X-Men 3 as ArcLight.

Taking the fashion world by storm, Omahyra (prounounced oh-MY-rah) has also walked the walk for an impressive list of designers including Gucci, Fendi, Dolce & Gabbana, Bottega Veneta, Roberto Cavalli and Moschino (Milan), Alexander McQueen, Julian McDonald and Boyd (London), and Lucca Lucca, Daryl K and Miguel Adrover in New York.
Born in Santo Domingo, capital city of the Dominican Republic, Omahyra came to America when she was ten years old with literally nothing but the clothes on her back. Thanks to the extraordinary courage of her mother and her own strength of character, six years later Omahyra is poised to break out from the pack in an extraordinary flash of personality, humor, beauty, strength, grace and fire.

Here is her interview from when she was only 16 years old.

Any advice to new models?
Be very, very smart. Think about every single thing you're doing all the time. Think about everything you're going to do before and after. The only thing you need to know is to be smart. If you want this life, you have to go through a lot of shit, but you're getting there and that's what you want. It's not as easy as it seems on MTV and in the movies. People think "it's so easy, I wish I could be that girl, she just poses for pictures and she gets money for nothing." Nobody knows how hard it is until you're in it. So stay smart, and if you get there don't ever forget where you came from, who your family is, and what they've done for you.

What was life like growing up in the Dominican Republic?
I cannot tell you about what it's like to work there and other things, because I was very young. But I can tell you it was so innocent. It's such a personal feeling. I wish I could go back so bad, it was so much fun. The people around you, the culture, how everyone lives. The way we used to play, the places we used to go, how much excitement there was just to be alive in those times, we had no cares, no responsibilities. The only thing we had to do was go to school and be good girls, which was a piece of cake. We didn't need expensive toys, we had fun with small things. I will never forget what we did together, how much fun we had together, the places we went, going to the park just to play in the grass, to have picnics. I will never forget.

Do you still have relatives there?
Yes, my father lives there, all the relatives on my father's side, all the family from my mother's side, I have cousins, aunts and uncles. I have family everywhere, in the countryside, in the north, the west, the east, in the center.

Have you been back?
I went back recently and it felt so good. It all comes back to you as soon as you come out of the airport, driving to your old neighborhood, you smell the smell of happiness. It was so powerful for me, and it was so good to go back and realize how important my early life there still is for me. There were so many people I hadn't seen in four or five years. I really felt like I was going home, that warm place you used to live, where everything was so easy and you didn't have to worry about anything, you had no responsibility, you could just be there to have fun. There was nothing bad going through your mind, there was nothing bad around you, everything was so innocent and so nice and pretty. That's how it felt.

Yet here you are modeling in New York at the age of sixteen. You have a lot of responsibility, you have to be a lot more disciplined than most kids, and you're growing up so fast.
It's true. When I was younger my mom always took care of everything. We didn't have to worry about getting visas, we didn't have to worry about bills, we didn't have to worry about being at work on time. Everything was so nice. But now I've moved into an apartment by myself and I have all these bills coming to me for the first time. And with this job you have to be so responsible for yourself, take good care of yourself, you have to know a lot, you have to think so much. I never had all of these responsibilities before. It's too new for me, I haven't even had a chance to live as a teenager, and already I have many adult responsibilities. I can handle them, but there's no chance to gradually get used to it, it's all at once.

How do you balance time with friends, family and for yourself?
I have to dedicate time to my house, my mom and my friends, but I don't have time anymore just to hang out, I never have time to go back home, so I'm calling my mom and my friends all the time just to stay in touch. My friends don't even bother dropping by my house anymore because I'm always working.
I try to give 50% of myself to my family, because I need them to be with me always, and I don't want them to think I've changed, that I don't need them or that I don't care. And I have to dedicate the other half of myself to my job, because it's very important. I have to have every single thing in mind. And I'm constantly checking in with my agent so he can let me know what's going on, what photographers I have to see, appointments, castings, every single thing comes down to me. It's a little bit crazy.

Was the move to America difficult for you?
Yes. We all moved to New York — myself, my mother, grandmother, my sister and two brothers — when I was ten. My mother was determined for us to have a better life and to go to better schools. This is such an amazing country, every school has so many activities and they're all free. When you go to school in my country you don't have music and art and sports like kids do here. Even in the private schools there are very few activities and parents have to pay extra for them. And jobs are so plentiful here, even if you don't have any education. And you can work your way up. In my country it's even hard for people with an education to get a job, but for those without education it's impossible, so for all of these reason we had to come here.

Where did you first stay?
When we arrived in New York we had nowhere to go. We came out of the airport, each of the kids with our clothes in little backpacks and my mom and my grandmother found a payphone. They started calling distant relatives and friends and one of those friends agreed to take us in.

Did things get better?
Yes, after a few months we were able to move into our own apartment, a little studio, but it seemed so luxurious to us after sharing with another family. We were much better there. My mom kept on working, met my step-father, and after a year we all moved into a house in Astoria. We were so happy there, and then my mom and my step-father were able to buy a house.

Your mother sounds so brave.
When I think about her I admire her so much. My mom has done so much for us. She was so determined. She decided we were going to move here, she arranged green cards, she borrowed money for airline tickets, she got us all packed, and then she just came.
Once we got here she told us "Ok, we're here now, and to get ahead we're going to do whatever it takes, all of us, we have to fight." I love my mom. I often wonder how she had the courage to risk everything, at her age, with three children. But she always says that she'd do the same thing over again if necessary, and if things didn't work out here, we'd have moved on and tried somewhere else, no matter what. With no money and three kids, all by herself, still she came!

Did anyone ever tell you should be a model when you were younger?
My mother told me every single day of my life that I was going to become a model, that I was going to be a success. I didn't believe her, but she'd tell me over and over "You're going to go to Hollywood, you're going to be a big star, and everyone's going to take photographs of you everywhere you go, you're going to be so big." As a kid I was just like "OK Mom, whatever ..." (laughs). Even after I turned fifteen, she was still telling me and I was still saying "Yeah, mom, whatever," and thinking to myself "stop thinking so big, you're too unrealistic."

But she kept pushing me to mail out pictures to agencies, and finally, just to make her stop I went online last year with my boyfriend and looked up all the agencies in New York. I copied down all the addresses, sent in all these pictures and then I just waited. I had no hope, but I was able to tell my mom I'd sent the pictures in so she'd leave me alone about it. And I told her: "Now I'm going to show you what you've been saying all this time isn't true. It's okay you're so positive, but stop going over the limit."

What happened?
Then George called me from Boss Models. They were the first agency that called me and the only one. But George was so enthusiastic on the phone, telling me I was so beautiful and that I had to come in right away. I didn't even want to tell my mom and I almost just ignored George's call, because I knew she was going to say "I told you so." But finally I told mom that someone called from an agency and that they wanted to see me. She just said "See, I told you, this is just the beginning."

How did things get started?
I went in to meet George with my mother, and he was so enthusiastic, telling me I was very beautiful, that he loved my style and I'd have a big career. He told me about how the industry works, how things are done. I've got to say I love my life, because George and Ricky (at Boss Models) have brought me to where I am right now. We have gone through so much together, they were really pushing me because they knew something was going to happen. He kept on, he never wanted to give up.
And now that I've got so many jobs, I'm getting to travel, he's so happy, he gets more excited than I do. He goes to all of my fashion shows, he went to Milan with me, last season he went to every single show, telling me "Myra you're waving your hands too much, you're looking too much to the side, keep focused in front of you," always pushing me so I can do better.

It sounds like you've got a great relationship.
Away from work George and I talk about everything. He knows about my whole life, we have a very strong friendship, and we really can talk about anything together. He's not just my agent he's a real friend, which is very good for me. I know I'm lucky to have him because I've heard from so many girls that their agents aren't like that. The other agencies have so many girls they don't have time to talk, it's just "here's your next job, go." When George calls me, we talk, he wants to know if I've eaten, if I'm feeling ok, he'll tell me if this client calls back we're going to celebrate - he is very special for me.

How did you like working in front of a camera for the first time?
The first time I didn't know what to do, it was impossible. It wasn't like "As soon as the first pictures came out I knew I was going to be a model." No, none of that. I was very scared, I didn't know what to do, what expression to have on my face, how to make the clothes look good. I was very shy to pose. I was very self-conscious around all the other professionals on the shoot, the photographer, makeup, lights, stylist, worried they were looking at me thinking "this girl doesn't know what she's doing."
Later I realized they weren't focused on whether or not I was nervous, they were just doing their jobs. They were making sure the lighting was right, that the clothes looked nice, not about, "Oh my God look at that expression on her face." (laughs). Over time, you get used to it, and you realize the hairdresser is looking at your hair, the assistant is worrying about the lights, the stylist is only looking at the clothes, they're not staring at me. Once I realized this I loved getting my pictures taken, and I couldn't wait for them to come out in the magazines.

What makes a good shoot?
Whenever I'm on a shoot, I try to get everyone working together as a team, to have fun. When everybody's working together well you don't feel the hours. You're really happy, you're really on, because everyone working with you is giving you positive energy. If everyone else is down, tired, it's bad for everybody. Every time is different. Sometimes the atmosphere is bad, too serious, everyone gets divided into groups, no one talks to the models, the photographer is back in the corner and only talks to their assistants, like that.

Is it different working with male models than with girls?
Guys aren't like the girls, they're not always talking about work. They're talking about girls, about surfing, some big wave they caught, the clubs they went to, how they went dancing and everybody was wasted, how much fun they had. They're always talking about something other than modeling. They're very sweet. Guys are just not as competitive.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Black Womyn & Single Mothering

I am writing this post in response to comments on an earlier post ("Ewh! Why Can't She Just Have a Weave") featuring rapper Khia regarding Black Woymn, Media Images, and Children born out of wedlock. Particularly, a blogger commented that a woman with kids especially should accept some responsibility for their portrayal in the media as a mother. Another blogger commented "even though erykah badu rocks all types of natural styles/head wraps/ankhs and is generally revered as the "mother earth/righteous type" she has two kids out of rappers*.(is that ironic or what?)"

The comments made me think about the national trend of single motherhood that has risen since 1970 regardless of race. Although in Black Womyn, according to stats, we have disproportionately higher amount of single moms. This made me think of the commenter's next response: "and i don't love her any less, because that's her life. but is the message that her situation portrays to youngster any more acceptable than khia's (because she's erykah badu? )"
I want to note before the neo-soul and even rap era, Black Womyn in the media had children out of wedlock. I think youngsters repeat lyrics more easily than they repeat lifestyles. Although, I have not tested my theory. I see a lot of kids singing crass rap songs; but very few of those same kids emulating the hard work that it takes to be successful.

What do you think?

Here are a list of some popular Black Womyn who had a child or children out of wedlock:
Sade Adu , Maya Angelou, Nina Simone, Lauryn Hill, Nia Long, Erykah Badu, Oprah Winfrey, Robin Givens, Lisa Bonet and Fantasia Barrino.

When you read this list, what did you think? Did you feel surprise, shame, pride or all of the above? I don't think that having a child has anything to do with the image you choose to project. I feel image can be a virtue of personality, a media ploy, a publishing scheme, a misrepresentation, or a reflection of authenticity. But Motherhood is
motherhood; and I feel the connection between the two should be great and co-exist together in a way that enhances and builds.

Erykah Badu is pictured above with daughter Puma and here with son Seven
Nina Simone is pictured below with daughter Lisa.
The chart is from the U.S. Census Bureau showing the rise in Single Motherhood across racial groups.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Beauty Inspiration: Serena Williams Or Why I Am Going to the Gym. Now!

The caption reads...
Age: 26
Occupation: Athlete

“I’ll take off my shirt in a second - locker room girls don’t have much shame. Once I was getting ready to go out and my hitting partner, who is my best friend and, like, Greek god - handsome, walked into my hotel room, it wasn’t awkward for me, but he freaked out. I told him we had to get married.”

Monday, July 23, 2007

Beauty Role Model- Ayaan Hirsi Ali

I thought for a long time about who to name as the Beauty Role Model this week. I knew I didn't want to name a model or entertainer because I know other womyn that provide beauty and role model qualities. I am proud to re-introduce Ayaan Hirsi Ali to you all. I plan to read her book Infidel after I finish reading my current summer novel. I chose her because she believes in objectivity, feminism, and standing up for herself and her views. She is a a victim of FGM (female genital mutilation) and death threats. Yet she still continues her work with fervor, diplomacy, and grace. Also, she is beautiful and smart.

Time magazine has named Ayaan Hirsi Ali as an influential thinker in 2005. Somali-born former Dutch MP Ayaan Hirsi Ali, known for her outspoken criticism of conservative Islam, seems unable to avoid controversy.

Caught up in a row over her Dutch citizenship, she resigned from parliament in May 2006 and said she would leave the Netherlands.

Her troubles began when Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk said she should be stripped of her passport because of falsifications in her asylum application when she came to the Netherlands in 1992.
But after the decision sparked uproar, Ms Verdonk made a major U-turn and said Ms Hirsi Ali could keep her Dutch citizenship after all.

It will not be enough to keep the 36-year-old in the country, however.
She has been offered a job at a Washington-based conservative think-tank, the American Enterprise Institute, starting in September.

Death threats
As one of the Netherlands' most prominent politicians, the swiftness of Ms Hirsi Ali's fall took observers by surprise.
She rose to international attention in 2004 as the writer of a controversial film on violence against Muslim women, Submission, after her collaborator, filmmaker Theo van Gogh, was murdered by a radical Islamist.

1992 - arrives in the Netherlands, gives false name and age and claims to have come directly from Somalia; granted political asylum
1997 - receives Dutch citizenship
2002 - Vetted as candidate for VVD party; tells party and media that she lied on her asylum application
2003 - elected to the Netherlands' lower house
2004 - goes into hiding after her collaborator on the film Submission, filmmaker Theo van Gogh, is murdered
2005 - returns to parliament and announces plans to write sequels to Submission
May 2006 - resigns as MP and announces departure for US after documentary ignites a row over her citizenship
June 2006 - Dutch immigration minister says she can keep full citizenship. Having received repeated death threats over her challenges to Islam's treatment of women, she has been living under 24-hour police guard.

The latest furore erupted after a television documentary highlighted lies she had told about her name, age and how she had reached the Netherlands when she applied for asylum 14 years ago.
Ms Hirsi Ali had admitted the falsifications in several media interviews since 2002 and also informed her party, the liberal-conservative VVD, before standing for parliament in 2003.
But where the documentary seems to have hit her reputation hardest is in interviewing members of her family who contested her claim that she was fleeing a forced marriage when she arrived in the Netherlands aged 22.

The MP has previously explained not giving her real name, Ayaan Hirsi Magan, and saying she was born in 1967, not 1969, because she was afraid her family would find her. She also told officials she had come directly from Somalia, rather than via Kenya and Germany, thus accelerating her claim for asylum. Ms Verdonk said in May that the falsifications made her application for citizenship, granted in 1997, invalid. But a month later, Ms Verdonk wrote to the Dutch parliament saying she had found a loophole which made it legitimate for Ms Hirsi Ali to have used her grandfather's name in her asylum claim.

Outspoken views
Speaking to the BBC, Ms Hirsi Ali said that despite having lived in many countries, it was "extremely important" to her to be a Dutch citizen.

Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk is known her for hardline stance
"I define citizenship as declaring political allegiance to the community you belong [to] - and that for me is Holland," she told BBC World Service.

She said she had been "very open" about her asylum application when she was asked to stand for parliament and had been reassured by her party that her candidature was acceptable.
Dutch commentator Perro de Jong, of Radio Netherlands, said the uproar over Ms Hirsi Ali's status had been fuelled by recent debate over asylum and immigration in the Netherlands.
And he suggested that while the VVD benefited from the publicity Ms Hirsi Ali attracted, some within the party found it difficult to accept her outspoken views. "You could argue that everyone liked her as a token... but maybe they weren't willing, because she was a woman and an immigrant, to accept her as an intellectual force - someone with her own agenda who would speak out," he said.

Hirsi Ali subsequently took up a position at the American Enterprise Institute, published her autobiography, Infidel, and is currently working on another book, Shortcut to Enlightenment, a philosophical fantasy about a visit by Muhammad to the New York Public Library, in which he examines the ideas of various Enlightenment philosophers, compares them to the state of Islam today, and then comes to a number of important conclusions.Since arriving in Washington, D.C., her security has had to be upgraded once again due to death threats from Muslim extremists in the United States.

My intention here is to honor a Black woman I respect. I have no opinions at this time regarding her views on Islam and Muslims.

***I have taken excerpts from the***

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Ewh! Why Can't She Just Have a Weave???

I don't like sharing the hairstyle of someone who represents herself like this. OK. The photo of her in white is the best/most decent one I could find. The one with the liberation colors just makes me want to dress her. I have come to the conclusion for myself that locs are just too popular. I want to ask her what do her locs mean to her. I'm not trying to judge her; but when I see Black women depicted this way, I cringe with disappointment especially when they have natural hair. I don't like it when people associate crime, whores, or "The Ghetto" with my locs. But I understand how they get confused when they see criminals and whores with locs. This is just poor taste even for a rapper.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Heartbreaker Decepticon- Top 5 songs

I had to listen to these for me. Walking away is hard to do. But staying is harder.

1. Take Another Piece of My Heart- Mary J. Blige
Her passion is why I chose this one. She sings like someone who has been hurt and truly understands the words. God knows I do.

2.I Don't Know Why- Stevie Wonder
I feel like I wrote this one.

3.Bag Lady- Erykah Badu
Because I can't carry you around anymore.

4. Baby Can I Hold You- Tracy Chapman
You know why...This is so you H.D.

5. Missing You- Tina Turner
Because "I ain't missing you."

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Beauty Role Model- Stacey McKenzie

If you don't know Stacey McKenzie's face, get to know it. It's not difficult to recall – hers is one of the more unique beauties you'll encounter. You'll want to remember McKenzie's face because she's going to be around for a long time, educating and re-educating the masses.

McKenzie's modelling career has seen her walking the runways of Paris and New York. She's booked major campaigns for Calvin Klein and Mexx, and landed parts in movies, including a prominent role in The Fifth Element (Bruce Willis, Milla Jovovich). She has worked as a correspondent for TV's Fashion File, and is cutting her first album.She also recently started her own company, leveraging her modelling experiences to teach new models the basics of grooming and styling, and the art of the runway. "You've heard of J. Alexander," she laughs. "I'm the real, female version of J. Alexander."
McKenzie's start in modelling came when she wanted to see what the Canadian industry had to offer. "When I first started in Toronto looking for an agency none of them were really interested. Only one agent, Elmer Olsen, really gave me good advice – to try the New York market."So she did. Seventeen-years-old and full of spirit, McKenzie made the trek to the Big Apple to meet with several agencies, only to learn they weren't interested in her unique appearance either. Only the last agency she visited, Elite, had one scout (Karen Lee) showing interest. "So I ended up with Elite, and stayed in New York for a couple of weeks, hating it. At the time I was really young, and didn't have anyone to support me. I couldn't handle it."

Still, McKenzie doesn't regret her first trip to New York. "Those few weeks I spent in New York showed me enough about the industry that I knew this was my goal, but there were things I wouldn't tolerate.""At that age I was mature enough to know that I really shouldn't be there on my own. So I told Elite I wanted to wait until I was a little bit older.

I came back to Toronto and finished school, got a job, made some money, got a plane ticket and went to Holland."McKenzie's plan was to stay with friends in Holland and make enough money to re-launch her modelling career in France – another destination Olsen had originally suggested.

McKenzie recalls making the rounds in Paris, where bookers at one agency showed enthusiasm – until the head booker returned and tore up her pictures. "Everyone else said 'Hell no, she's hideous – she'll never make it in this industry. I don't want her. She's ugly. No. No. No. No. No.'"Criticism was nothing new to McKenzie. Growing up in Jamaica, a light-skinned black girl with blonde hair and freckles, she was always getting teased. "It hurt, but I never let anybody see it. I kept it to myself because I knew I had something about me.""Nobody looks like me – nobody has a voice like me. No matter where I go always get all the looks – good or bad I always get looks. No matter what, people always stop and stare. I knew from a very young age that I had it. So when I heard these people dissing me, it bugged me a little teeny bit, but I knew I had something going on."After meeting with nothing but rejection, McKenzie thought, "F*** everybody, I'm not giving up – I kept on moving. I had a week-and-a-half before the shows. The first day in Paris I met a girl on the train whose boyfriend was a photographer in the industry, so I called him up and said can you help me find an agency? He told me about this little agency called USA Paris. I went in there and this booker – a black guy named Gaspard – he was the only one who said 'Oh, she's drop dead – I want her.'"

McKenzie's first season in Paris saw her walking for Jean Paul Gaultier, Thierry Mugler and Christian Lacroix, to name but a few. But even with heavyweight runway credentials she struggled in France for four years before giving New York another shot.

Stacey McKenzie signed on with Women Management in New York, where she was excited to be under the direction of owner Paul Rowlands. He, McKenzie says, was equally excited about her, and had put McKenzie's face on the cover of an agency promo prior to her arrival in Manhattan. Again though, McKenzie clashed with her bookers.Despite the friction McKenzie landed a Calvin Klein (CKBE) fragrance campaign by talking her way into a callback being conducted by legendary photographer Richard Avedon.
After hours of talking, Avedon told McKenzie she got the job."I was like 'Really? How about you call my booker at the agency – in fact, call all the bookers at the agency and tell them you're booking me for the campaign. And tell them I'm the only girl, other than Kate Moss, that you booked for this campaign from Women Model Management.' And he did it, right in front of me. He said, 'if that's what you want, no problem.'"Today, McKenzie's focusing on conveying her wisdom to a new crowd of models, through her company, Stacey McKenzie's Walk This Way. Combining personal style with a formulated technical approach, she also focuses on grooming and styling , and brings in a guest designer to give real-world advice. There's also a surprise in the final session, but McKenzie wouldn't give up what that is.

Aside from the industry basics, McKenzie also hopes to give new models a message. "Don't give up on it. No matter what, keep pushing. Keep going. Like me, all of them said no, but I made sure I kept going back to them and saying 'you need to say yes.' Just keep at it. They want you to give up on it. Don't!"

"What we need to get across to the new agencies is that they need to stop following what's going on and stop having a token black girl, a token Asian girl, a token Indian girl. The new agencies need to change people's minds and be more open to different races. Because once they start doing it in the new agencies, we'll be so much better off. And for that token black girl that's trying to get her foot in the door, it'll make it so much easier."

"There's so many other stories, but the main thing for people to know is that you really have to fight. The main thing for people who want to pursue this industry - it is a business. Stay on top of everything including your finances. And don't take the rejections personally."

***Taken from***

Monday, July 16, 2007

Beauty Inspiration

Over the weekend, I painted my kitchen. I am still in the process and needed some inspiration to get me thru the workday so that I can finish the project. I will post finished pics later; but in the meantime, I leave you with some beautiful color inspiration.

Fashionistas, I am lead to believe this is Kenyan model Antionette Ataro. However, I think it could be some other beauty. If you can confirm either way, please comment. Enjoy!

Friday, July 13, 2007

WTF? Pit Bull Sodomy!

Lockport Police received a 911 call from a frantic City of Lockport mother Sunday afternoon.

The mother told Lockport Police that she left her two year old unattended for a short time and after hearing the baby scream, she ran to see what was wrong.

When she got in the room, she told Lockport Police the dog, named "Bear" had sodomized the toddler. The mother screamed, scaring the dog out of the house, but the dog was still attached to the baby.One neighbor told 2 On Your Side, she heard the mother screaming "the dog is raping my baby." Neighbors ran to help, but only one man was able to get the dog and child apart.Anastacio Castillo says "I tried to get the dog away from the baby, the dog was already inside the baby."

When the baby was finally free, he was visibly sick. Castillo says the boy was vomiting and bleeding.The baby was rushed to Women and Children's Hospital where the toddler underwent reconstructive surgery.

The dog is being held at the Niagara County SPCA for evalution. An animal behavior specialist is scheduled to evaluate the pitbull on Friday. Since the attack, over 20 people have called the SPCA asking to adopt the pitbull. The Niagara County District Attorney's office is assisting Lockport Police with the investigation.Miranda Workman, behavior specialist at Purrfect Paws in Amherst says, "Most likely this is not a learned behavior. Dogs in tact, not spayed or neutered have a higher hormonal drive."She urges parents to never, ever leave their children alone with a dog.

Report by: Claudine Ewing

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Heartbreaker Decepticon

After much thought, I have decided to write about my beloved, Heartbreaker Decepticon, see right. To make a long story short, we dated a few years and broke-up. But now he asked me if I want to revisit our relationship. He wants to make it better the second time. He says...

I have always felt that once an ex is an ex, he is one for eternity. I tend to like short,concrete break-ups never to be with that person again. I want to address the subject of couples breaking up and getting back together. Please share your views. Personally, I don't even like to befriend my exes when its over. It usually ends up being a problem or inconvenient in my next relationship. I also don't like it when I have a new boo, and he is wrapped too tightly into his ex for my taste; it seriously irritates me. However, I think I may be narrow-minded on the subject matter. I am interested in your thoughts, especially from men.

Monday, July 9, 2007

Yasmin Warsame- Beauty Role Model

Somalian beauty inspiration: Yasmin

Enjoy!!! Here is an excerpt about her career:

While most models embark on their career in their teens, Yasmin Warsame was in her early 20s – and five months’ pregnant with her son Hamzah – when she accepted her first job, a catalogue shoot in her adopted home of Toronto.Her look, however, was considered too "haute couture" for the local scene, making work scarce. So, in the summer of 2002, Yasmin headed to Paris where, she says, she had only one thing on her mind: "Walking down the runway… and not falling." Since then, the 6ft beauty has become the "muse" of Lanvin designer Alber Elbaz and been dubbed the new Iman by Michael Kors.But the most memorable moment of her career was of a more personal nature. "It was when I sent my mum (in Somalia) a large amount of money," she says. "I spoke to her and she was almost in tears. That was the moment that made modeling so worth it."

Saturday, July 7, 2007

A Rose by Any Other Name...

I was reading Bygbaby's mindspill (see right) about a murder that was ignored. An interesting spin-off occured regarding names.

1. Made Up Names- I once worked with a woman who tols me she would name her first girl, phonetic pronounciation, T-ohm-nay; because she liked the way the syllables sound together. Although I know and love many people with mispelled and "made-up names", it is unnecessary and a detriment for a job-seeker. Please see the link. The study concludes that these people will be hindered in the labor market. http://

2. African Names- I have no problems with those who have and want to name their children names from African origins, although I think this is best reserved for those that are actually native or nearly native born Africans. I think that it may be a hindrance to have such a name in this country. In fact, I know it is. I have many African friends that use an American alias for interviews, bills, jobs, and loans. If it were easy for them, they wouldn't have to do this. And they know the true meaning behind their names. Many people with African names may not know the origins of the name (tribe/language) or the true context in its language. For me, it is better to know.

3. Brand Names- Some people say they don't like the plain names like John or Jane. But in my opinion, I think those names are great, easy to pronounce, and usually fit the last names. For example, Bomquishea Smith just doesn't have the same ring as Barbara Smith. LOL!

4. Names (causation vs. correlation)- Obviously, names don't cause people to not get a job or commit crimes. But I think it is naive to think that having an Ethnic name has nothing to do with the interview process especially early on in one's career. It's like saying that racism doesn't exist because you're not racist. It's just ridiculous to think if your name is Lemonjello (pronounced la-mon-jello) that a hiring manager or H.R. person will not notice your name and make some inference about your ethnicity.

5. Mispelled names- A 4-year old I know is named Jaila. The intended pronounciation is Jay- Al- Ah. I just think it should/could be spelled different. But on the other hand, a substitute teacher once called me Sop-he- ah. lol! And I can not escape the Color Purple reference to the character: Sofia. But I love my name, know it's meaning, and never had anyone sane pronounce it incorrectly. Besides I love sharing the name of this beauty:

Friday, July 6, 2007

My Brother is NOT the Father

My brother, who I have diagnosed as a sociopath, has a new just turned 21 year old girlfriend with 5 kids under 5. She is nearly homeless, and receives no support from any of the fathers. Are my "brother" and I related? I am livid with him. Has he lost his mind? He can not afford to support anyone, especially 6 girls. I am sad for her but upset with her. How could you make the same mistake 5 times?!!!! It's crazy. And I don't understand why? Am I the insane one?

I just don't understand what someone with no kids has in common with someone with 5 babies. I don't understand it. I pray not to be so judgmental, but they are driving me and my parents crazy. I wish their real dads would stop running. That way this girl would not have to cling on so tightly to my bro. I wish he would just pursue his education further and move on please. Am I my brother's keeper?

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

An Entry For Carlos II

For my BFF Carlos, because you don't call anymore. You can call me at work, but since we last talked about music, here goes the current playlist.

1.Rehab- Amy Winehouse featuring JZ and Pharoche Monch

2. Icky Thump- White Stripes- because you know I'm no country/ a lil' Rock N Roll.

3. Ring the Alarm- Tenor Saw, You know I can't live without Caribbean music :p

4. Slick Rick- Mona Lisa, Because my brother and I were taken turns tryin'to remember the words on this one. Lol.

5. Aretha Franklin- Baby I love you, because I do and you should call me sometime. I have included Whitney Houston's live,video cover and a preview from Barnes & Noble from the Queen of Soul. Enjoy!

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

My Life as a Vegetarian Part Deux

So, to add to the things I've been doing again...locs, working out, and now becoming vegetarian with aspirations of being a vegan. Today, I have had egg beaters, a biscuit, and 2 oranges. I'm off to a good start. I came across an awesome book, Becoming Vegan; it tells you the best foods to supplement and which diets/vitamins work best for your eating habits.

I am trying this again because I've gained a considerable amount of weight since I started eating meat again and I feel better with a veggie diet. Lastly, I know it sounds strange. But I just don't want meat in my locs.

My desire for dinner:
Pad Thai (light tofu, no chicken)