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Atlanta Mayor Asks Men To “Take A Stand” To End Sexual Assault

October 4th, 2015 - By Ashley Monaé
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With an average of 237,868 victims (age 12 or older) of rape and sexual assault each year, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. National Crime Victimization Survey, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed wants change.

How does he plan to see that change come about? Reed is asking not just women but men to “Take a Stand,” and spread the word that sexual assault is not just a women’s issue. According to the city of Atlanta’s website, the “Take a Stand” campaign “offers resources to both women and men on how to guard their personal safety or get help quickly in the event of an emergency.”

Mayor Reed recently did an interview with The Huffington Post, explaining just how important it is that men play a part in the prevention of rape by simply spreading the word. “We can change the tone of the conversation by just emphasizing the fact among our friends that no actually means no. It doesn’t mean to try to persuade harder,” Reed said.

He also noted that his strong team keeps him up on women’s issues. “It really was listening to women leaders who said the traditional tactics aren’t moving us in the direction that we want to move in,” he explained.

Both Uber and Circle of 6 are official partners of the initiative and are offering their services as resources for assault prevention and safety.

Celebrities like Tika Sumpter and Gabrielle Union have also partnered with Reed and the city of Atlanta to spread the word about the “Take a Stand” campaign.

Watch Tika’s “Take a Stand” video above.

Will You Look This Good at 62? Find Out How Many Times A Week You Should Work Out!

April 28th, 2015 - By jade
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In the series, One Bold Move, we profiled four popular bloggers in the categories of Hair, Makeup, Style, and Fitness. These bloggers discussed the one bold decision that placed their life on a completely different trajectory. For two of our most popular episodes, we are releasing never-before-seen footage with more great advice from excellent women. In this episode, mother and daughter duo Ellen and Lana Ector discuss their motivation for getting fit, why it's important for black women to work out, and they share some great tips along the way.

To join their gym, purchase workout DVDs or workout gear visit their website.

Episode 1 - Curly Nikki 

Episode 2 - Missy Lynn 

Episode 3 - Black Girls Run!

Episode 5 - The Curvy Fashionista

Episode 6 - Series Extras

“I Decided I Would Only Date Men In The Ministry”: Women Who Want To Marry A Preacher

April 27th, 2015 - By Cynthia L. Dorsey
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From NBA players to Hip-Hop Moguls, men in the limelight who have power are often surrounded by women who long to be with them. These women are known to stand outside of hotels or slip into the VIP section of clubs in order to make it happen. Each one believes that her future will change for the better if these men only caught one glimpse of them. These persistent and dedicated women have been labeled “groupies,” “side-chicks” and even “stalkers.” However, athletes and musicians are not the only men of stature whom some women desire. Preachers, too, have quite a few female admirers.

In writer Scott Williams’s blog post, Stop Lusting After Your Pastor!, Williams recalls a conversation he had with his friend, a female preacher, about women who can’t seem to keep their eyes off of their pastors. Williams writes:

Many women that she’s talked with in various churches struggle with the fact that they think their Pastor’s sexy! Not only do they think their Pastor’s sexy, but they struggle with their mind and eyes wandering into inappropriate places. It becomes a challenge because they tend to have these lustful thoughts as their pastor is speaking.

However, for some women, this is about more than just a lustful eye. Some have dedicated their lives to finding and marrying the preacher of their dreams. It is the hope and prayer of these women that they will one day become a preacher’s wife and the First Lady of a congregation.

“It’s something electrifying about a man of God,” says Maya, 34. “A man who dedicates his life to studying the word of God and then teaching it to people across the world, that’s a man that I believe I deserve. And he ought to have a great woman, like me, by his side.”

Janiya, 41, agrees. “I’ve dated lots of different guys in the past. Lawyers, athletes, and CEOs, but when I am with a preacher it feels the most natural, like this is who I am supposed to be with, who I’m supposed to marry. So I decided I would only date men in the ministry, and I’ve asked God to reveal that preacher to me.”

According to Reverend Reid, a pastor in Atlanta, the phenomenon of women who set out to marry preachers is not new.

“I can remember even in my 20s, I was still in seminary and hadn’t even been ordained yet. Women would be waiting for me and a buddy of mine who had also been called to the ministry at our cars after class. After I was ordained, I began preaching around Atlanta more, and I guess word got out I was single, and things got really real. After service, I would shake hands and fellowship with the people and women would come up and slip me their telephone numbers. I even had women bringing me home-cooked dinners and sweet breads to the church, and you know Southern women can cook. I was so relieved when Jesus helped me find my wife I didn’t know what to do. I thank her every day for marrying me and saving me from all those sweet breads and macaroni and cheese casseroles.”

When asked if he had any advice for women who want to marry preachers, Reverend Reid says they need to calm down.

“Be careful what you ask God for. I am not saying marriage isn’t a good thing. It is a blessing. But you have to be in constant prayer and meditation to make sure you are truly ready for such an undertaking. Pray and read the Word. Study it like you study NeNe’s nose on Real Housewives of Atlanta. The Bible has the answer to any question you might have. Read ferociously 1 Corinthians 7:1-40. If that passage doesn’t make you question if you are ready for marriage, then read it again. Finally, and I think this is the most important thing women should understand, God has lifted a heavy load from you that many of you are still choosing to carry. The Bible says in Proverbs 18:22, a man who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the Lord. So ya’ll don’t have to stand outside waiting for us or burn yourself over a hot stove trying to impress us. Your load has been lifted. We are supposed to find you. But, if you look even more closely into the passage it says a man that finds a wife. Not the postman, not the doctor man, and definitely not the preacher man. The word says man. M-A-N. When my sermons are done, I’ve said my last prayer, shouted my last shout, said the benediction, taken off the robe and the collar, I am just a man as are all my brother preachers in Christ. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket. What God has for you, it is for you.”

Quite a few of us are probably guilty of what Reverend Reid speaks of, even if we are not seeking First Lady status. We have this idea in our heads of what we want our significant others to be, and we romanticize that image or idea in our minds. Some of us have a broad checklist of what we want in a mate while others have it already narrowed down like Maya and Janiya. However, at the end of the day, are we truly the best person we can be in order to contribute to a healthy relationship with someone else? Or are we merely looking for someone to help improve not only us, but our situation?

At the end of the day, we all must remember that you cannot be your best self if you are too busy searching for someone else to fulfill your misguided fantasies.

Is The Big A The New Hollywood? Renown Casting Agent Winsome Sinclair Moves To Atlanta

January 20th, 2015 - By Ann Brown
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via WSA Associates

via WSA Associates


Could the film industry be spreading beyond Hollywood? Well, it recently failed to lure in one major player. Sought after casting director Winsome Sinclair opted not to head west and has moved from New York to Atlanta.

 It’s no wonder the film industry in the Big A is growing rapidly. In fact, “Georgia-lensed feature films and television productions generated an economic impact of $5.1 billion during Fiscal Year 2014,” reports the Georgia Department of Economic Development.  During that period, the 158 feature film and television productions that where shot in Georgia spent a whopping $1.4 billion in the city.

Celebrities have been flocking to Atlanta as well. the city has long attracted music heavyweights. And in the past five years the city been the location for numerous hit movies and TV shows, including the number of reality shows based. Without question, Atlanta is increasingly the place to be for entertainment.

So Sinclair’s relocating her mega busy Winsome Sinclair & Associates (WSA) to the Peach Tree State is significant.

Sinclair knows the business and obviously senses a new shift in the entertainment business. Over the past  25-plus years she has cast for such films under her belt such as Precious, Sparkle, 2 Fast 2 Furious, Amistad, Jungle Fever, among others.

Her most recent project, the upcoming film Bessie (starring Queen Latifah) pulled from Atlanta’s talent pool.

With more and more attention surrounding Atlanta, and more and more film makers, as well as the people who make film and television happen are relocating to Atlanta, does this mean “Hollywood” is changing it’s address to Peachtree?” asks Kontrol magazine.

Here’s Why Black Girls Workout Too!

December 1st, 2014 - By jade
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In this new series, One Bold Move, MadameNoire profiled four popular bloggers in the categories of Hair, Makeup, Style, and Fitness. These bloggers discussed the one bold decision that placed their life on a completely different trajectory. In this episode, mother and daughter duo Ellen and Lana Ector discuss their motivation for working out and why it's important for black women to workout.


To join their gym, purchase workout DVD's or workout gear visit their website.


Episode 1 - Curly Nikki 

Episode 2 - Missy Lynn 

Episode 3 - Black Girls Run!

Episode 5 - The Curvy Fashionista

Episode 6 - Series Extras

15 Things That Could Only Happen In Atlanta

July 24th, 2014 - By Meg Butler
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Atlanta is one of our favorite cities in the south — and by favorite we mean uniquely ratchet. From endless traffic jams to urban cowboys, these things could only happen in Atlanta.

This Shirt

…that is apparently the exact point where “class” and “ratchet” intersect.

Reader Question: How Do You Relocate And Get Back On Your Feet After A Business Falls Apart?

March 17th, 2014 - By Madame Noire
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We’d like to once again thank our special guest, financial expert Lynn Richardson, for taking a reader question. Known as the “Madea of Money,” Richardson is a money coach, author, the president of Hip Hop Sisters and COO of Russell Simmons’ Hip Hop Summit. You can follow her on Twitter and on her website. You can check out the response to her previous question here.

A single mom of four tells MadameNoire that she’s making the move from Detroit to Atlanta after her business fell apart and her home fell into foreclosure. At the moment, she’s working as a freelance massage therapist. What’s your advice to help this mom get back on her feet and off to ATL?

Lynn Richardson: When an income is lost for one reason or another, all too often we wait until the bottom falls completely out of our financial bowl before we make adjustments to our daily expenditures. The key to winning when a financial loss has been experienced is to act quickly and proactively. These tips should help you weather the financial storm until you are ready to blossom in the Atlanta sun:

-Cut each and every unnecessary expense immediately. Unnecessary or excessive household expenses should be minimized and, quite frankly, cable should be the first thing to go. Who needs to watch others making their dreams come true on television while we’re struggling? Get all the news and updates you need from the internet and get an independent internet service that also allows your device to operate as a mobile hotspot.

In addition, luxuries like hair, nail and spa appointments should be on an immediate cease-and-desist order. Soak the acrylic or gel off of your nails, find ways to manage your hair, and enlist a friend or family member for a quick shoulder rub if the stress is on.

Lastly, any additional extracurricular activities for the kids may also have to be put on a brief hiatus. Talk to them honestly about the situation and explain that every penny saved is a penny earned towards the new life in Georgia. Your goal should be to save at least three months of existing living expenses before you move to Atlanta and to find a way to share living expenses during your first year.

-Brand yourself in Atlanta before you get there.  Create a free blog at to promote and talk about your services. Use a service like Constant Contact to send eblasts promoting your business to your database. Make sure your business looks and feels like a stable enterprise to the outside world, including and a toll-free line with your company name included. All of these services can be purchased for less than $25 in most cases.

-Research the competition in your industry in Atlanta and look for ways to partner to offer your services.  Offer gift certificates to corporations, non-profits, and small businesses. Seek teaching opportunities at state and community colleges. Find geographical areas where your services would be most beneficial, like business centers, shopping areas, and/or celebrity hot-spots. Look for ways to build your cashflow and then, when your financial basket is full of eggs, let them hatch for all of Atlanta to see as you rebuild, rebrand, and relocate!

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal Takes Responsibility For The Great Ice Storm Gridlock Of 2014

January 30th, 2014 - By Tonya Garcia
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Abandoned cars on a Georgia highway. Drivers will begin picking up their cars today. via @AJC

Abandoned cars on a Georgia highway. Drivers will begin picking up their cars today. via @AJC

Update: Gov. Nathan Deal has apologized for the lack of preparation for the Atlanta-area debacle that left commuters stranded after hours of non-commuting on the states road, and left children to spend the night at their schools. “I accept responsibility for the fact that we did not make preparation early enough to avoid these consequences,” Gov. Deal said.

“I think we could have probably done a little better had we reacted earlier,” he told Fox News.

Meanwhile, drivers who left their cars on the road are beginning the process of retrieving them. And sounding off on the situation to CNN.

Gov. Deal is up for re-election in November.

Now that people have finally made it home through the crippling ice storm that brought Atlanta and its vicinity to a standstill, the question everyone is asking is: “How did this happen?”

To start, there’s the fact that Atlanta doesn’t normally get snow and ice. In the Northeast, where six, eight, or 10 inches isn’t beyond the realm of possibility, machinery and city staffers are ready to tackle whatever winter weather tosses at the area. However, the 2.5 inches that fell in the Atlanta region set a record, according to USA Today. But, perhaps learning a lesson from the 2011 storm, Mayor Kasim Reed said in a Today show interview this morning that Atlanta “invested $2.5 million in snow equipment and that is the reason that right now our streets are passable.” He emphasized that what you’re seeing in those images of cars stranded on Georgia highways are interstates and highways that he has no jurisdiction over.

But there was also the claim that the snow that fell on Atlanta was “unexpected.” Meteorologists have steadfastly denied that to whoever will listen. Weather Channel meteorologist Bryan Norcross wrote an open letter and appeared on The Rachel Maddow Show last night to say that the warnings were there, but “they [politicians] were waiting for the wrong thing”; for absolute confirmation from weather experts that a disaster would happen. He pointed the finger at a lack of planning and inexperience.

“Things don’t come along very often that require you to shut down the city,” he said.

Ultimately, CNN points out a few places where things can be improved. First, speaking to Mayor Reed’s point, the mayor doesn’t actually have jurisdiction over many of the roads surrounding Atlanta. That falls under the state’s purview and, since Gov. Nathan Deal made it clear in his comments (see that Rachel Maddow clip) that money more than safety and inconvenience motivated his decision-making, perhaps a few more voices need to chime in on these situations.

Mayor Reed concedes that the exodus should have been staggered, which probably would have helped. And then, more far-reaching, CNN questions whether Atlanta and its environs should have a better public transportation system.

For now, people who spent the past day or so in their cars and sleeping in stores are just happy to be home.

Childhood Dreams Dashed: Kandi And Todd Tucker Try To Sled And Fail Miserably

January 29th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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kandi and todd tucker try to sled

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In case you haven’t heard, the city of Atlanta is in a state of crisis right now. The southern state is not really equipped to handle winter weather and yesterday presented a new challenge. There was snow and ice. And while many didn’t have fun in the winter weather, people, including children, were stuck on the road all night and had to sleep in their cars, Kandi and Todd tried to relive their childhood activities.

Tood took an innertube and tried to sled down the driveway. But it really didn’t end too well. Take a look and see what happened in the video below.

When it was Kandi’s turn, the two had wised up and Todd was there to help her out. Check it out.

Mayor Reed Says Everyone Leaving At The Same Time Caused Atlanta Ice Storm Standstill

January 29th, 2014 - By Tonya Garcia
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stranded motoristsThe story coming out of Atlanta is amazing: children stranded at school and motorists sleeping in their cars after succumbing to commutes that stretched for hours and hours after an ice storm that dropped three inches of precipitation brought a major American metropolis to a virtual standstill. We have reports of people sleeping in CVS and Home Depot stores and cars sitting on highways like they’re parked at the local mall.

The Wall Street Journal reports that temperatures won’t rise above freezing today, further complicating an already strange and complicated situation.

“What I’m thinking of every moment is how to get people out of their cars,” Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said this morning on television. “If we had not had everyone exiting at the same time and going en route to pick up their children, I don’t believe we would have had the kind of gridlock that has resulted in what people are seeing around the nation.” Both he and the state’s Gov. Nathan Deal are advising people to stay off the road. The state government is shut down today.

via @KasimReed

via @KasimReed

To many, this is a repeat of a 2011 ice storm that also paralyzed the city. However, Gov. Deal said while there were lessons from years ago, this weather was unexpected. Reed said there have been no fatalities and equipment is on the job. Moreover, on CNN this morning, he touted the one million people that he says have made it out of the city and maintained there are decisions, like when businesses let their workers out, that he has no control over.

Of course, Twitter is going in.

“What a fool!! 2 inches of snow and Atlanta Mayor brags”There were no fatalities,” wrote one tweeter.

“[K]asim reed needs to be fired,” wrote another, simply.

Even Al Roker got in on the criticism, calling the Mayor and the Governor’s claims that the weather was unexpected ” not true.”

“We were talking about this Monday that this was going to happen. They took a gamble. They didn’t want to pre-treat the roads. I don’t think they wanted to spend the money to do what they needed to do…,” Roker said this morning. “This was poor planning on the Mayor and the Governor’s part. Pure and simple.”

Mayor Reed notes that this is a regional problem, with Gawker noting that there have been 300 car accidents in Texas and the WSJ reporting that Alabama has had five fatalities.

“Forecasters had warned that Atlanta was expecting 1 to 2 inches,” CNN reports separately. “But in the morning, when the snow had not arrived, people went to work and school, like nothing was coming.

“Then it did.”