The idea of the superfood is a popular one regarding health. The media is full of reports of outstanding healthy foods from Quinoa to Salmon. These reports assure us hat eating these foods will provide our bodies with the health kick they need to fight off illness and aging.

The current attention on superfoods has been praised by the growing public

interest in food and health. The use of the term has recently become mainstream.A simple internet search for the word “superfood” unfolds a vast amount of results. Despite its universality in the media, there is no official or legal definition of a superfood. The Oxford English dictionary refers to a superfood as “a nutrient-rich food considered to be especially beneficial for health and well-being”, while the Merriam-Webster dictionary omits any reference to health and defines it as “a super nutrient-dense food, loaded with vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants. Generally, superfoods refer to foods, especially fruits and vegetables, whose nutrient content “trumps” the health benefit above that of other foods. Superfoods are true multi taskers; foods loaded with various disease fighting nutrients, usually without providing too many calories, and delivered in a delicious form.

At a very basic level, super foods are said to be rich in special nutrients. This could be antioxidants, known to ward off cancer; healthy fats, notorious for preventing heart disease; fiber, thought to prevent diabetes and digestive issues; or photochemicals, the chemicals found in plants responsible for deep colors and smells, that can have a great deal of health benefits.

Blueberries are one of the most popular and superfoods, and have been studied frequently by scientists curious about their health properties. The blue berries high concentrations of antioxidants have been reported to inhibit the growth of cancerous human colon cells and even kill them off.Blueberries are also rich in antioxidants that have been shown to prevent and reverse age-related memory decline.Interesting, right?

Other fruits which have received superfood status are Açaí and Pomegranates. Açaí berries have been shown to have potent antioxidant properties. Studies on pomegranate juice have suggested that it can lower blood pressure and reduce stress. These are both significant risk factors for heart disease. 

Kale lives up to the hype of a superfood. So do most dark, leafy greens such as Spinach, Cabbage and Collards. These dark vegetables are filled with vitamins A, C and K, as well as fiber, calcium and other minerals.

Extensive research has shown that the ideal diet is one that is largely plant based with a wide variety of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Super foods are a great entry into healthy eating and understanding their nutritional value is enlightening. Become enlightened.

Well that was quick! Just as soon as I could get finished writing about Azealia Banks’ new song "Heavy Metal And Reflective", she already has a video out for it!The video is just as dope and rugged as the song.

The video starts off with Azealia Banks being kidnapped and taken to the middle of a random desert and tied up. Somehow, Azealia breaks free and is then surrounded by a bunch of guys on motor bikes doing tricks. Azealia then hops on the back of one of the bikes and takes off. The video reminds me of a movie; somewhat like the Fast and Furious. 

To still be a pretty underground, new artist, Azealia always has some really creative and unique video concepts and don’t get me started on her lyricism. All her videos tell a story and are cinematicwhich I love because they evoke thought and are inspiring. People always have a lot of negative things to say about Azealia but I’m rooting for her. I love the fact that she’s not mainstream but still puts out intriguing songs and videos that can hang with the best of them. Her work ethic is evident and she clearly doesn’t let the nay sayers bring her down or stop her shine!

The new Beyonce “Flawless Remix” featuring Nicki Minaj has me torn yall. Part of me loves it and part of me cringes at the thought of it.

It was reported last week that Nicki Minaj put a hold on the release date for her new single “Anaconda” (which was supposed to be released on July 28 but has yet to officially come out) because she had a top secret song in the works with Beyonce. Of course the Beyonce and Nicki Minaj drones ate this rumor up! I didn’t think anything of it because it had been rumored a few times before that Nicki and Bey were working together but it never happened. Low and behold today, the “Flawless Remix” dropped featuring Ms. Nicki Minaj! Honestly, just the mere thought of Beyonce and Nicki Minaj on a song together is euphoric! I am a huge fan of both ladies so when I saw the link to the song I was already excited and interested to hear what these two powerful, bad ass women cooked up.

The song starts off with Beyonce attempting to rap (which is always a cringe worthy moment when she does) and basically addressing all the outrageous rampant rumors that have been surrounding her and Jiggas’s marriage these past few months. She even went so far as to address “Solange Gate” by stating,  ”Sometimes sh*t go down when there’s a billion dollars on an elevator.” Let’s stop here for a second. First of all, I don’t know how I feel about the fact that Beyonce even addressed the Solange incident and the rumors. Something about Beyonce addressing it with that line about a billion dollars being on an elevator is brilliant yet tacky all at once. On one hand it’s good that Beyonce is being strong and seems to be publicly confronting her issues but on the other hand it doesn’t seem authentic. Beyonce should have done one of two things, genuinely address the incident on social media or done an interview. Briefly singing about it in a mediocre song screams gimmick to me. We still don’t know why Solange beat Hov’s ass that fateful night on the elevator and you’re not trying to tell us what happened so stop mentioning it and move forward. Something tells me this is all just one big chess move on the game of the facade of Beyonce and Jay-Z.

Other than that s pretty surprising line, the rest of Beyonce’s verse was a bunch of short attention span laced lyrics with no real relevance. And no Beyonce sound is complete these days without the pointless laughter in the background Beyonce does when she’s trying to portray her new “Third Ward Trill”, “Ratchet” image.

I was just about done with the song until, *DUN DUN DUN* Nicki Minaj hopped on the track!

At first Nicki started her rhymes out slow and sexy; giving us a little tease but not too much, leaving listeners craving for more. As her verse moves forward Nicki goes ape shit! I thought her verse was amazing because she kept it cute but vicious at the same time. She wasn’t even overly raunchy like she normally is. Nicki’s verse saved the song hands down and is the best Nicki verse I’ve heard in a minute! Nicki took the song from a 5 to a 10, straight up!

All in all, the “Flawless Remix” would have been watered down if left up to Beyonce. I feel like Beyonce’s verse is just a gimmick to get people talking and feeding in to her own personal agenda. I wish I could pick the brain of the real Beyonce and see how she feels deep down inside about all the negativity that has been out there lately surrounding her marriage. She paints this asthetically pleasing image that leads us to believe she has everything under control and that she’s mentally sane but is that really her? Sometimes it is difficult to distinguish an “image” or reputation between what is real life. Only God knows. I wish Beyonce and her family the best though. The song is great if you’re trying to channel the ghetto jawn in you but the world really could have gone on without it. 

You decide for yourself though and let me know what you guys think! I’d love to hear your comments!

Azealia Banks is so underrated! Yes, she gets into constant Twitter beefs which turns a lot of people off, but the girl can spit and she is just what the female rap game needs right now, PERIOD. Talent and no gimmicks.

After a brief hiatus Azealia is back with a new song, "Heavy Metal And Reflective". I didn’t know what to expect from the song when I first heard the title. I thought Azealia was on some heavy metal, rocket stuff. After giving the song a listen, I’m really digging it!

"Heavy Metal And Reflective" is dark and definitely different but Azealia is spitting like there’s no tommorow! Azealia always makes songs that can be used for high fashion runways and parties and this one is no different but there are a few different elements in this song than what she normally goes for.

Overall, I’m loving it! The song is sassy, fierce and the type of song I like to hear when I’m feeling myself. I hope one day Azealia can get the recognition she deserves because she’s straight talented with no gimmicks and she deserves to shine.

Sir Michael Rocks has finally released the video for his single "Bussin"and the video is pretty basic to say the least.

First of all, the video was shot in a beautiful yet eerie old mansion built in 1909 in Los Angeles. The video quickly shows the exterior of the mansion in the beginning and then throughout the rest of the video the guys are inside the mansion. While I was hoping there would be an interesting storyline to go with the intriguing mansion they were inside of, there was nothing but a bunch of pointless "dance moves" (if that’s what you want to call them) and standing around doing nothing. As much as I love the song, it would have been cool to have some dope visulas and a cool little concept but the video was just a waste of time. 

Sir Michael Rocks needs to go just as hard with his visuals as he does with his songs and his style if he really wants to reinvent himself and have another shot at the music game. This video could have been spectacular given the set and the song but unfortunately it was a let down.

Anyone that knows me knows I am open and always searching for music with a “unique sound” or something that is far from your typical pop top 40 track. Which is why the Los Angeles based, Future Funk band, Thrillers is quickly becoming one of my favorites to listen to!

It is challenging for me to describe Future Funk because it’s a feeling more than anything. Future Funk is a sub genre and is in a nut shell a mix of funk, disco, 80s pop and R&B mixed with an abundance of kicks and snares.

Thrillers has taken on the Future Funk tag and they do it well! Their latest song “Lipstick On The Mirror” is orgasmic to say the least. “Lipstick On The Mirror” gives you the 80s feel without sounding like they were trying to hard which makes it edgy because nobody is making music like that right now. The production of “Lipstick On The Mirror” is absolutely amazing and don’t get me stated on the hard hitting vocals!

The song paints a picture. As you are listening to it you can literally visualize how the video would be. The song is sexy and intriguing and I just cannot get enough of it. Oh yeah, and I’m featured on the cover art which makes it even cooler. :)

I know I’m not the only excited about the news that Jamie Foxx will be portraying Mike Tyson in an upcoming biopic surrounding the boxer’s life and career!

First of all, this movie is way past due. Mike Tyson has lived a life that only a movie could portray on screen! According to Mike Tyson himself in a recent interview, he and Jamie are in talks of Jamie playing the boxer in his biopic. The screenplay has not yet been written but Tyson says that will be happening in the next few months and we can expect filming to start in within the next 18 months. It is also rumored that the same guy that wrote the screenplay for the movie "Wolf Of Wall Street" will be penning the Tyson biopic screen play. Interesting right?

Mike Tyson is undoubtedly one of the most controversial sports figures in the history of boxing and sports PERIOD. I’m sure this movie will have NO PROBLEM at all with sales. America loves a good biopic. And what better actor to play Mike Tyson than Jamie Foxx! I have full confidence and faith in Jamie that he is going to kill this role! I mean, Jamie tackled the role of  Ray Charles, who happened to be blind and murdered it like nobody’s business. Not to mention his role in the Muhammad Ali movie as Ali’s right hand man and his countless other acting roles. Jamie has not had a flop yet!

I’m super interested and excited to hear more about this biopic as the details unfold!

Katy Perry is the queen of trendy, bubblegum music and trying extra hard to be “down”, so her recent video for her song "This Is How We Do" does not surprise me at all.

Let’s talk about the song really quick. "This Is How We Do" reminds me a lot of Katy Perry’s hit she had a couple years back with Snoop Dogg called "California Girls". It is super upbeat, somewhat quirky song and is very teeny bopper ish. In the song Katy Perry sings about paying for bottle service with the rent money, going to bed with a 10 and waking up with a 2…ETC. The song is super cliche and almost sounds like a Ke$ha song. As if we needed another one of those. "This Is How We Do" is one of those songs that will give you a headache if you listen to it all the way through. And Lord, don’t let it come on more than once…

Now the video for "This Is How We Do" is pretty cool. Of course it’s super bright and colorful per usual Katy Perry fashion. It’s a good looking video though, I’m not going to lie. I like the visuals because they were fun and girly which matches the song. I spotted Katy reaching and trying too hard a few times in the video though. Like when she had the ice cream animation twerking (God how I hate that word) or when she answered the phone with corn rows in her head and perfectly placed baby hairs and on the iPhone screen the girl’s name read “Jessica Thot”. Thot stands for “that hoe over there” and is a commonly used word in the “urban” areas of Chicago that has recently become mainstream; for those of you that don’t know.

I’m just wondering when Katy Perry is going to start putting out real music and not this sugar, lollipops and rainbows garbage. Katy, how long will you be making music for 15 year olds? I mean, she has a decent voice and sounds like she could blow if she tried. How old are you? But hey, I guess everyone has their niche.

Sugar gets such a bad rap. The average person is led to believe that all sugar is not good for you but that is quite the contrary.  There are two basic types of sugar categories, refined sugar and sugar from nature.

Refining means to make “pure” by a process of extraction or separation. Refined sugar is sugar that has been manufactured and depleted of its original vitamins and minerals.  After the sugar is refined, what is left is synthetic carbohydrates that the body cannot utilize. Incomplete carbohydrate metabolism results in toxic and abnormal sugars in the body which accumulate in the red blood cells and the brain causing terrible diseases; one, being diabetes. Infertility, depression, dental problems and certain cancers are also affects of too much refined sugar. Refined sugar provides the body with nothing but useless calories because it lacks natural minerals that are present in natural sugars. Once you consume refined sugar, your body has to borrow vital nutrients from healthy cells to metabolize the incomplete food. It is very important to read the ingredient labels on your food to spot refined sugar under it’s many names and disguises. Refined sugars are the ultimate masters of disguise because there are so many characters for them to dress up as. Sucrose, Glucose, Fructose, Lactose and Caramel are just a few of the harmful refined sugars that we can frequently find on a great deal of ingredient of our labels.  Consuming refined sugar can also cause fatigue and a multitude of bodily aches and pains.

Natural sugars are the kind of sugars contained in fruits, vegetables and other plants. These sugars are considered natural because they occur own their own and are not manipulated or extracted by humans. Natural sugars are most bountiful in fruits which is what gives them their sweet and appealing taste.  However, foods do not have to be sweet to contain natural sugar. Carrots, cabbage, beets and potatoes contain natural sugar compounds as well. All plants produce sugar as a by product of photosynthesis. One of the only non-plant sources of natural sugar is raw honey that is produced by bees from plant pollen. Raw honey is one of the most easily digestible sugar compounds for the body.

To cut back on your refined sugar intake, you need to first make the conscious decision to do so. You also have to identify the sources of refined sugar in your diet and decide what to cut out completely and what to cut down on. You must recognize the sugar aliases. You can lessen your sugar intake by passing on any product that contains refined sugar in it’s first three ingredients. You should also go into your kitchen and throw out all the foods and beverages that contain refined sugar that you have decided not to consume anymore. Ban sugary beverages and sugary snacks from your household. Do not skip breakfast and make sure it is a healthy meal filled with fruits and other natural sugars and whole grains. Reduce the amount of sugar used for cooking and baking in your home. Do not feel deprived for cutting back on refined sugars in your diet. You are doing your body a huge favor and will feel healthier and be better inside and out.

It looks like Kanye Kardashian is back on the scene after remaining extremely low key after his highly publicized wedding to Kim K

Kanye will appear in the August 2014 issue of GQ magazine showcasing his style. Allegedly Kanye styled himself for the GQ shoot but honestly I’m not impressed. Remember the days when Kanye’s outfits used to turn heeds? I miss the "07" - "10" Kanye’s swag. All his ensembles in his GQ spread are whatever and just down right boring. There’s nothing special or unique about Timbs, leather pants and a peacoat or the way Kanye styled them. There’s no doubt in my mind that these are quality pieces Kanye is wearing but aesthetically they are unappealing. I do feel like a lot of people jocked Kanye’s old looks so he probably felt like he needed to go a different route but I’d like to see something that excites me again the way he used to. This just isn’t it. *Sigh*

Kanye’s smize game is on point though!

But you can check out the pictures from Kanye’s GQ spread out and decide for yourself whether the looks are dope or not.