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In Case You Missed This Headline…

‘Hunger Games’ actress Amandla Stenberg — remember little Rue from the first movie — appeared in a video online earlier this week called “Don’t Cash Crop On My Cornrows.”

The video, which was made with a classmate, starts out talking about black and black culture.

“Black women have always done their hair, it’s just a part of our identity; braids, locks, twists and cornrows, etc.,” she said.

The young woman, 16, shows her maturity by explaining the functionality of the different hairstyles for black women.

“You can see why hair is such a big part of Hip-Hop and rap culture,” she adds, explaining how rap and Hip-Hop culture eventually became popular and a crossover phenomenon when the likes of white rappers like Eminem hit big in the early 2000’s.

As the 2000’s became the 2010’s, Stenberg, 16, cited how other celebrities began wearing clothing, hair styles and accessories associated with Hip-Hop.

“By 2013, the fashion world had adopted cornrows as well,” she explains. “Pop stars and icons adopted black culture as a way of being edgy and getting attention,” citing Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry.

The purpose of the actress’s video was to explain cultural appropriation.

While new white Hip-Hop artists like Iggy Azalea were excelling, “at the same time, police brutality against black people came to the forefront,” she added.

Michael Brown and Eric Garner, among others, are brought up as examples by Stenberg. She said that some white artists that cashed in on Hip-Hop have failed recently to speak out about racial injustice.

“That itself is what is so complicated when it comes to black culture,” Stenberg said. “But here’s the thing. Appropriation occurs when a style leads to racist generalizations or stereotypes where it originated, but is deemed as high fashion, cool or funny, when the privileged take it for themselves.”

She added that appropriation happens when the person taking on the culture is not aware of the deep significance of the “culture they are partaking in.”

To close, Stenberg posed a question: “What would America be like if we loved black people as much as black culture?” she said.

https://youtu.be/O1KJRRSB_XA

 
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Posted by on April 19, 2015 in Online Sips

 

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Have you ever watched these “Try Not to Laugh” videos on YouTube? Well, they are hilarious! If you try to do it with them, you may be surprised at how loud and unexpected your laughter comes out. ūüôā

 
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Posted by on April 17, 2015 in Online Sips

 

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What does your evil laugh sound like?  Lol

 
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Posted by on April 16, 2015 in Online Sips

 

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Tickle Me Tuesday – Wayne Colley – Shelia Cheating On Me

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Video posted on YouTube by mod27.

 
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Posted by on April 14, 2015 in Online Sips

 

Tax Day Freebies

Tax Day Freebies

I love free stuff! As a matter of fact, I plan my birthday freebie redemptions out two weeks in advance. LOL. As with every year, there are several tax day freebies and discounts available on the last day to file taxes; April 15th. Check out the list below published on huffingtonpost.com to decide on your strategy.

33 Best Tax Day Freebies and Deals

By Elyssa Kirkham, Editor

Tax Day is just around the corner, and on April 15 this year’s tax season will officially end. Hopefully you’re part of the 68 percent of taxpayers who file before April 1, as reported by SurveyMonkey¬†and aren’t filing at the last minute. If so, a refund from the IRS might already be on its way to your bank account.

There’s another reason to celebrate Tax Day besides the end of tax season; many businesses offer special Tax Day freebies and deals. Theses Tax Day freebies give taxpayers an opportunity to treat themselves without blowing their tax refunds, or even spending anything at all. And for the businesses, Tax Day deals can help them gain favor and entice new customers into their doors.

14 Tax Day Freebies and Deals on Food
To help our readers find the best Tax Day freebies, deals and discounts, we rounded up this list of the best offers with the help of our friends at BeFrugal, CouponSherpa, RetailMeNot and DealNews. We found a number of offers from restaurants including free items with no purchase necessary and buy one, get one deals.

  • Beef’O’Brady’s:¬†Get 15 percent off your purchase on April 15.
  • Bonefish Grill:¬†Follow this link to claim an offer for $10 off your purchase, valid through April 20.
  • Boston Market:¬†Diners who purchase one meal will get a second free on April 15.
  • Bruegger’s Bagels: Get a Bagel Bundle that includes¬†13 bagels and two cream cheese tubs for just $10.40 from April 11 to April 15 with a coupon sent to members of Bruegger’s Bagels’ eClub.
  • Burger King: Use this coupon to claim a buy one, get one free offer on Whoppers through April 19.
  • California Tortilla: Chips and queso are free on April 15 for all California Tortilla diners who say “Taxes Shmaxes” at checkout.
  • Great American Cookie: Each visitor to this cookie seller’s locations will receive a free sugar cookie on April 15.
  • Hard Rock Cafe: The music joint is bringing back its Sing for Your Supper event. On April 15, Hard Rock customers can sing live with the Hard Rock band to earn a free meal. Hours and availability might be limited and vary by location, so check with your city’s Hard Rock Cafe location.
  • Kona Ice: Kona Ice trucks will be handing out free shaved ices and Hawaiian leis while parked at post office, tax preparation centers and other businesses.
  • McDonald’s: Big Macs and Quarter Pounders are buy one, get one for just $0.01 on April 15 at select McDonald’s locations.
  • Olive Garden: A buy one, take one deal gets customers two entr√©es from a select menu starting at just $12.99.¬†Or you can claim a coupon good for $6 off a dinner for two here.
  • Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt: Customers can get a frozen yogurt up to 16 ounces for just $4.15 on April 15. Customers can “like” the Orange Leaf Facebook page to claim the offer, and provide proof of claim via smartphone for redemption.
  • Outback Steakhouse:¬†Celebrate the end of taxes with a steak dinner, and use this coupon to get 15 percent off at checkout through May 3.
  • Sonny’s BBQ: The restaurant’s IRS: Irresistible Ribs Special is offering ribs dinners for half price on April 15.

16 Tax Day Deals From Retailers Like Staples and Express In addition to Tax Day food freebies and deals, GOBankingRates also found a number of offers from retailers. We found the most offers on apparel, as well as sports and outdoor gear, books, and office suppliers.

  • Alloy: A RetailMeNot-exclusive code, AVDRMN, gets shoppers 15 percent to 30 percent off purchases, with shoppers saving more as they spend more. Offer valid through April 30.
  • Ann Taylor: Get 25 percent off full-price items with the coupon code ANNT3BE, good through April 30.
  • Babies”R”Us: Shoppers can use this coupon to get $8 off Pampers or Huggies value boxes of diapers, valid through April 30.
  • Barnes & Noble: With taxes out of the way you might have time to catch up on your reading. If so, use coupon code¬†X8W8L3A when shopping online to get 20 percent off a single item through May 1; exclusions apply.
  • Bon-Ton: Use this coupon to get $25 off when spending $75 or more through April 30.
  • Cabela’s:¬†Shoppers can save online only during the Cyberwalk Sale, which has sporting gear and outdoor equipment marked down up to 60 percent through April 15.
  • Carter’s: Get 25 percent off purchases of $40 and up with code¬†OKSP1514.
  • Dress Barn: Get 20 percent off a purchase by using promo code¬†MMAR20 through April 21.
  • Express: Use coupon code 9068 online or this coupon in store to get 15 percent off through April 30. Some exclusions apply.
  • Finish Line: Through April 30, get $10 off purchases of $100 or more with coupon code APRIL10.
  • Foot Locker: Get 10 percent off when spending $50 or more online when you use code¬†LKS10AFD through April 30.
  • Gap: Shoppers will get $25 of GapCash for every $50 spent through April 26 that can be redeemed May 13 through May 17.
  • HydroMassage: You can get a free HydroMassage experience with this coupon, valid April 13 through April 17.
  • Justice: Get 40 percent off an entire purchase through April 16 by presenting this coupon at checkout.
  • L.L.Bean: Get a $10 gift card for every $50 spent through April 19.
  • Lane Bryant: Save up to $75 with code¬†APRILGCLB through April 22. Savings are tiered by purchase minimums; spending $75 yields a $25 discount, $150 gets you $50 off or $75 off $225.

3 Last-Minute Tax Prep Deals Additionally, GOBankingRates found a couple deals for last-minute filers and those requesting tax extensions for their 2014 tax returns.

  • E-File.com:¬†Use promo code 15OFF to save 15 percent on your tax extension.
  • Staples: Now that your taxes are out of the way, you can get rid of some of the related documents with Staples’ offer to shred up to five pounds of documents for free from¬†April 15 through May 2 with a coupon from the store’s site. Staples also has a coupon for 10 percent off all mailing and shipping services, great if you’re a last-minute filer.
  • TaxExtension:¬†Promo code TWENTYOFF will save you 20 percent on your personal or business tax extension.

This article originally appeared on GOBankingRates.com: 33 Best Tax Day Freebies and Deals

 
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Posted by on April 14, 2015 in Online Sips

 

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Timing is Everthing

Timing is Everthing

They say timing is everything and for these photos, it’s soooo true.

Here are so more examples where pictures were taken at the absolute perfect time.

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That duck or whatever looks like he’s surfing and that seagull thingy looks like, “uuhh excuse me, I’m flying here!”. ¬†LOL

You can see more at the slickamericans website or link posted below.

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Pics from http://slickamericans.com/perfectly-timed-photos/.

 
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Posted by on April 14, 2015 in Online Sips

 

Can You Dance in Heels? HE Can!!!!!!!!

Yes, I said he.  Yanis Marshall won my heart when I saw him in this video.

I told you before, I looooooooooooove dancing and dancers.

Yanis teaches you how to dance in heels and he’s killin that ish! ¬†I watch soooo many of his routines.

They are amazing. ¬†I would be in the emergency room if I tried half of them but I don’t get hurt watching.

I would have rolled my ankle, pulled by hamstring, broke my elbow and a whole bunch of other stuff.  tee hee

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Posted on YouTube by Yanis Marshall.

 
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Posted by on April 13, 2015 in Online Sips

 

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I was the lady who chomped her peppermint in church thinking only I could hear it. Nope. I was definitely told otherwise after being given this look. Lol

 
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Posted by on April 12, 2015 in Online Sips

 

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CATFISH STRIKES AGAIN!!!

CATFISH STRIKES AGAIN!!!

Ok, I was catfished before there was even an internet.

Back in the day when I played volleyball in Houston, TX we had a tournament in Richmond. ¬†OMG, I met this fine guy. ¬†He was like 6’2 185 and gorgeous. ¬†I actually met him in person and gave him my number and he gave me his. ¬†However, when we would talk, it just sounded a lot different from how he did in person. ¬†Finally, I found out that it was his twin sister that played on the opposing volleyball team actually talking to me because he was older than what he told me when we met. ¬†I guess he was gonna wait til I was 18! ¬†LOL

Anywho, MTV has the infamous show Catfish on and its in its 3rd or 4th season. ¬†I am sooooooo glad there’s a show like this to help people find out the truth about these online relationships.

I’ve seen a lot of Catfish episodes and it never gets old, just sadder and sadder. ¬†I mean I’ve seen where people are posing like the opposite sex for revenge on the victim or because they are curious about the same sex and where people say they look like one thing but look differently. ¬†Oh, and I saw an episode once where this guy was posing as a hot female and he was enticing a guy in a relationship so when they met, he really wanted to beat the guy up for “cheating” with his fake profile since he was in a relationship. ¬†Crazy right??

Well today, it was a whole lot more of crazy.  This girl named Miracle in Milwaukee got a random friend request from a guy named Javonni that also lived in Milwaukee.  They texted, sent instagram messages and even spoke on the phone a few times.  Well, she was just all wrapped up in Javonni and contacted Nev to finally wrap things up.

Ok, so they flew to Milwaukee and did all this research to find out that the number was registered to some guy that lived down the street from Miracle and of course he didn’t look like the Javonni she grew to love. ¬†Also, they got the real Javonni on Skype whose real name is Jonathan and he knows nothing of Miracle and has no friends in Milwaukee. ¬†So, they decided to call “Javonni” and he gave them the green light to come to his house the next day and he would explain everything.

When they got to the house, this heavy set cutey came out and Miracle was upset honey. ¬†Watching the show, I immediately saw a wedding ring so I’m like “Oh hell, here we go”. ¬†At one point, Miracle received some texts saying stay away from Javonni and blah blah blah so I’m thinking the husband was cheating on his wife with Miracle. ¬†They guy told Nev and them to come on in the house and he was really agitated so they were hesitant to go inside but Nev lead the way. ¬†They go upstairs to the den area and they notice a whole bunch of medication on the stand. ¬†At the same time, the guy was acting all suspicious and went down his hallway and just said give him a minute. ¬†He emerges after a few minutes with a female behind him, his wife!

How about his wife Kara, who has Lupus (hence all the meds they saw) made up the Javonni profile to help one of her friends catch their spouse cheating or something. ¬†She sent out random friend requests using Jonathan’s pics and Miracle responded by chance. ¬†She carried on a relationship out of curiosity and a missing emotional connection between her husband. Kara doesn’t work and her husband Rickie works from 6:30am to 10:00pm so they really have no time together for real. ¬†Kara¬†was saying things to Miracle that she wanted to hear from her husband. She also admitted later that she was curious about women very young in life but her parents both became pastors and told her she would go to hell living a life like that.

Miracle was devastated and got really upset at this meeting. ¬†She went off and told Kara that both her and Rickie were sick and that she was really upset with them. ¬†Kara, being all in her feelings, for whatever reason, told them all to leave. ¬†While the mics were still on, you can hear Kara’s husband saying to her that this is over. ¬†He was actually the voice behind the phone calls those few times when Miracle thought she was talking to Javonni. ¬†They tag teamed her and that is crazy!

Nev went back on his own the next day and spoke to Kara alone to find out more information and that’s when he was told about her being curious and she never intended for things to go so far, etc, etc. ¬†She admitted she got angry and told them to leave after Miracle said you may have Lupus but you have a mental problem too because her disease is serious and it’s really put a hold on her life. ¬†She cannot go out in the day time with her children and she misses the time with her husband.

Nev called Miracle back to talk to Kara again without anger and they actually apologized to each other and decided they would consider a friendship.

I like how Nev finds out the truth and then helps both parties out in the end. ¬†This show is going to have 784 seasons because as long as their is an internet and people hide behind profiles and play with people’s emotions, there’s going to be a strong need.

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Pic from gwoc.org.

 
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Posted by on April 11, 2015 in Online Sips

 

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My friend Nat, posted this one on his FB page. Apparently this is the type of funny stuff in the movie,  It Follows. I have to watch this silly mess now. Lol

 
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Posted by on April 10, 2015 in Online Sips

 

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