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If only all it took was one, good, long workout a year to meet our fitness goals… well, we’d all be on board for that! Unfortunately, our bodies demand we work at getting it right and tight day in and day out if we ever want to see those abs—and keep them — for that matter. Incorporating anything new into your daily life takes lots of discipline and we’ve got a few tricks to at least get you on your way to summer time fine — and stay there. Check ‘em out.
Surely, by now you’ve learned that today is our First Lady, Michelle Obama’s 49th birthday. In just the short time we’ve known of Mrs. Obama, we watched her in pride and admiration. In that time of observation we’ve learned a few things from the our beloved First Lady, see what they are…
Never take yourself too seriously
If you’ve watched Michelle in the past 4+ years, you’ve noticed that she’s hit the dougie for the “Let’s Move” campaign, she let the family dog Boo sit on her lap while she was reading a story at a children’s hospital and during the Olympics she let one of the female wrestlers pick her up and both of the women posed for a photo. Michelle is the first lady of the United States of America and could easily have sunk into that “I’m too good for this,” mode. But instead, she’s remained down to earth, approachable and even fun. No wonder the country loves her so much.
Don’t you love that quiet lull the office falls into between Christmas and New Year’s Day? With clients and coworkers traveling for the holidays, the workplace can feel like an adult version of Home Alone. But, there are better things to do with your downtime than playing Facebook games or building towers out of office supplies with your cubicle mates. This is the perfect time of year to gain perspective on 2012, and get focused for the New Year. Follow these steps to make sure your mind is right for 2013.
It must be hard being a famous musician in the public eye. When you say you’re inspired by certain musicians, people (sometimes, THAT musician too), like to say you’re trying to be like them. When you don’t pay “homage” to these people, then fans and musicians fading out of the limelight like to claim you stole their style completely. You can’t win for trying! Over the years, there have been many folks who have been called out for having a style similar to someone else, some we can understand, others we think are getting unnecessary shade. We thought we’d compile these folks and figure out who is killing it on their own, and who is a clone.
R. Kelly and Aaron Hall
If you ask some people, Aaron Hall put an imaginary patent on the permission to rock a bald head, sunglasses and and sing at a ridiculously loud but melodic level. Hall had that look and sound on lock during the early ’90s, but some say R. Kelly came through and stole it, and even swiped his singing style. I can’t lie, there are some songs from the early days of the R-ruh’s career that make me think if I closed my eyes, I might be hearing Aaron Hall (“She’s Got That Vibe” anyone?), but as Kellz became more popular and Hall started to slowly fade out of the music scene to try his hand at being a dog whisperer…his style and music continuously changed (he still talked about sex constantly, but you know what I mean…). Either way though, Hall isn’t sweating it, because while Kelly may have stolen his style, he says, the singer can’t touch his swag:
“I know a lot of people out there are saying that R. Kelly stole my style. But remember he can’t touch my swagger. I got that old school swag, that 80′s swag and ain’t nobody touching that.”
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Maya Angelou is a living legend and oracle of spirituality. Many were introduced to the poet and author through her seminal work I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings. Since she emerged in the literary landscape in the 1960s, the gutsy, eloquent, resilient, and uplifting poet and author has continued to grace us with her wisdom and perspectives on life. Check out just a few of her inspirational nuggets.
“The first time someone shows you who they are, believe them.”
This is one of Oprah’s favorite saying from her mentor, and with good reason. When it comes to people, many individuals are very honest with who they are even if they’re trying to show their best selves. People will always tell you about themselves, whether through words, stories or actions. Your responsibility is to pay attention and trust what they’re communicating to you. When it comes to romantic situations, this is especially true. Taking this advice would definitely save you a lot of drama and trauma when forging new friendships and relationships.
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Diana Ross came from very humble beginnings, and grew into one of the most celebrated superstars in the world. We all have our own special brand of star quality that we flaunt in different ways. Just like Diana, we can take those wonderful elements that make us uniquely us and parlay them into the fulfillment of our goals. Sometimes it’s hard to realize that we can make things happen for ourselves, but we always have the power to do so. We don’t have to wait for a helpful mentor, supportive friend, or doting spouse to come into our lives and help us achieve our dreams. While such influence is always good, we must believe that we have the power to achieve our dreams independently if we are to bring our highest thoughts into reality. We can do like Diana did and make it happen on our own. We have all the inner power we need. The time is now to start working.
Do you own independent thing today, Madame Noire lovelies!