I’m sure some of you have heard by now that there has been YET ANOTHER officer vs. unarmed black man type of shooting in St. Louis.

The killing occured yesterday evening in the Shaw neighborhood of St. Louis just 16 miles from where Mike Brown was unjustifiably gunned down by  St. Louis law enforcement this past August. An off duty police officer (who’s name has yet to be released and who was working SECURITY at the time for a private firm) has killed yet another unarmed, black, male by the name of Vonderrit Myers Jr.

The cop was working SECURITY and was patrolling the area when he spotted three black males on the street corner. It’s still not clear exactly what caused the officer to end up shooting the victim but the chief of police claims the officer was performing a “pedestrian check”, whatever that is and consists of. The officer or shall we say, security guard made a u-turn in his car to go back and confront the males for whatever reason upon which the three males began to run. The security guard then began to chase the three young men and finally caught up with one (Vonderrit Myers) and eventually ended up shooting the victim 17 times because he claims the victim shot at him three times first.

Prior to his killing, the young man had just left the store and purchased a sandwhich. The owner of the store where the sandwhich was purchased released video footage today that showed the young man did not have a gun on him when he was in the store. The police chief of that town claimed in a press conference that the victim was “no stranger to law enforcement” which is not only strategic in the wording but extremely insensitive to the life of the victim and the victim’s family. It’s amost like he was justifying the killing.

After news broke of the killing on Vonderrit, locals hit the streets of St. Louis to peacefully protest the murder. There were no riots

The sad reality of the situation is that the officer that shot Vonderrit probably won’t get fired, suspension or even convicted of the MURDER.

My heart goes out to the family and I hate having to see this same type of story over and over again. It’s sad that we live in the land of the free and people are getting killed left and right without any punishment or consequences basically just for being black and fitting a STEREOTYPE that some people may find threating just based off of their personal prejudices.

Tommorow on my webshow, Livin Dee Life, I will be having a panel of guests come through and we will be discussing things like this recent STL shooting, Ebola, Raven Symone’s comments on Oprah, Lil Boosie’s recent comments and a lot more. The FACTS will be presented then we’re all going to have an honest and open discussion about these topics and possible solutions. Hopefully it creates much needed conversation and inspiration. I’ll post it on here tomorrow once it’s up so you guys can check it out. Feel free to share your thoughts and opinions.

Last night Livin Dee Life had the pleasure of covering the premiere event of the new TV One docuseries, Hollywood Divas.

Hollywood Divas is a reality show produced by Todd Tucker of ATL Housewives. Hollywood Divas stars acomplished Hollywood actresses, Elise Neal, Countess Vaughn, Paula Jai Parker, Golden Brooks and Lisa Wu.

The show follows the lives of the five ladies and gives veiwers a real look at the Hollywood grind, how these ladies handle that and their personal lives as well.

I got the chance to chat with all the cast members except Countess Vaughn because she wasn’t really doing interviews. Each woman seemed to share a common interest, getting their story out and inspiring the folks who tune in. While Hollywood Divas seems like it is going to be a pretty positive reality show, each cast memeber assured me that it would have it’s fair share of drama. But what reality show isn’t complete without drama?

Check out my interviews with the Hollywood Divas cast! The first episode of Hollywood Divas debuts tonight at 10 on TV One.

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Livin Dee Life’s song of the day goes to “Revolution” by Diplo featuring Faustix & Imanos and Kai

I came across "Revolution" randomly on Sound Cloud and have not gone a day without listening to it ever since.

"Revolution" is a great song! I adore the fact that the lyrics are motivational yet the beat makes me want to shake my a**. I like to workout to it. I also like listening to it to get myself hype for the day or just for something to twerk to when I get in that mood. 

Of course Diplo never disappoints with his beats. Check it out!

I’m always looking for the next best thing in skincare. Healthly and youthful looking skin is my main focus when it comes to beauty and maitennance; that’s why the new POWERMUD Dualcleanse Treatment from GLAM GLOW is my current skincare obession!

The POWERMUD is the newest addition to the GLAM GLOW skincare franchise. GLAM GLOW is well known for being used on the top celebrities on the hottest film and TV sets as THEE go to skincare brand for flawless looking skin.

I tried the new POWERMUD for the first time last week and I fell in love with it right away. POWERMUD left my skin super clean yet moisturized and glowing. First of all, it is a exfoliant, mask and oil cleanser all in one. Which means you are getting your scrub, skin detox and moisture with the use of just one product! The main ingredients of POWERMUD are natural oils and clay. The oils make for a gentle cleanse and exfoliant and the clay removes deep dirt and impurities. To use POWERMUD, all you do is apply a think layer of the product to your face, leave it on for 10 minutes then wash it off. I saw results right away after removing the POWERMUD from my face. My skin looked healthier, younger and brighter. Unlike most masks, the POWERMUD did not leave my skin feeling or looking dry. My skin was so flawless after using the POWERMUD i stopped wearing foundation because I no longer needed it! 

The GLAMGLOW POWERMUD Dualcleanse Treatment is available on Sephora.com for $69 and is well worth the price. However, if you want to ty out the POWERMUD before purchasing it, you can go in to any Sephora location and ask for a free sample!

Remember temporary tattoos back in grade school? Well, they always say what goes around comes around in fashion. Now, Lime Light Tattoos have hit the scene and have slowly become the must have accessory on the streets and even on the fashion week runways. Lime Light Tattoos  are metallic, temporary tattoos that come in a variety of styles.

I like the Lime Light Tattoos because they are more like jewelry than just the average, cliche temporary tattoo. You can wrap them around your wrist or arms like bracelets or you can wear them like an actual tattoo. Lime Light Tattoos are great because you can pair them with a simple outfit and make them your stand out accessory. They would look great with a simple bikini or swimsuit for a day at the pool or the beach. You can do so much with them and can really have fun putting them on and rocking them.

You can purchase Lime Light Tattoos on Limelighttattoos.com. They do not exceed $15 and you can even create your own custom Lime Light Tattoo. How cool is that?

This past Sunday, Chicago native, rapper, actor and author, Common gave back to his community by partnering with rapper Rhymefest and Donda’s House Inc. to throw the first annual Aahh Fest. WWW.Aahhfest.com describes the festival as a showcase for young talent “representing music, education and arts from across the city.” The festival was held in Chicago’s Union Park and was hosted by Dave Chappelle. The show featured local acts as well as big names such as Lupe Fiasco, Common (of course), De La Soul, MC Lyte and more! Kanye West even popped up as a surprise guest and performed almost a 30 minute set!

I think the concept and the bases of the Aahh Fest is amazing. The fact that Common is bringing his city together for a positive cause is extremely commendable. He’s not only talking about the violence and problems in Chicago he’s actually providing a solution by creating an atmosphere for kids to come together and have fun without violence. Giving kids a chance to showcase their talent on a large scale is inspiring and can very well take kids off the streets and have them making goals and reaching them. 

Salute to Common! And hopefully I can experience the Aahh Fest for myself next year!

Sources: www.AahhFest.com

 

For the past year or two I have taken a few steps back from the whole fashion week hoopla and high fashion in general. It has become so cliche to the regular, everyday, college girl such as myself, who can’t even begin to afford the overly expensive duds coming down the runway. Let’s keep it real. However, when I ran across Jeremy Scott’s Moschino Spring 2015 Women’s collection, I DIED.

The Moschino Spring 2015 Women’s collection was inspired by the HBIC herself, Barbie and was debuted at this year’s Milan Fashion Week. As I viewed the collection it gave me that feeling I used to have when I saw all the Barbie’s lined up in the toy store when I was a little girl. I was thrilled, to say the least. Each and every piece in the collection was ON POINT and went along perfectly with the Barbie theme. Each piece that came down the runway made me want to faint dramatically; they were so unbelievably cute and girlie yet sexy. A lot of times I feel like the fashion week collections are too couture for everyday wear. Excluding the 80s inspired dresses, the Moschino collection was very wearable! I was literally imaging myself in all the outfits, strutting down the street. Jeremy Scott stuck to his playful and exaggerated designs but everything was pretty simple and clean cut for the most part. It gave me the California, Barbie, perfect girl, 80s vibe all wrapped in one.  

The show and the collection was like every girlie girl’s dream! The collection, the concept, the styling and the models were all clearly well put together and well thought out. I give Jeremy Scott a 10 out of 10 for this collection hands down. He did that!

Some of the pieces from the Moschino 2015 Women’s collection are already available on Moschino.com. Of course, it is pretty expensive by “struggling college student standards”. Even the Barbie, mirror inspired iPhone case is $85. But, if you’ve got it like that, you should definitely grab some pieces from this collection. It’s hot! If you don’t want to spend the Moschino prices to get the Barbie look, I suggest going to your local thrift store and picking up some cool pieces that resemble the Moschino collection. I’m sure you can find some cool vintage track suits or some classy, Barbie like tweed jackets and skirts. Be creative!

 

Nicki Minaj took to Twitter today to publicly vent about how she was denied access to speak to students at her former high school, LaGuardia High School of New York.

According to Nicki, the current principal of LaGuardia; Lisa Mars (who was not the principle while Nicki was attending), declined Nicki’s request to speak to the school’s students without giving Nicki much of an explanation.

I can definitely understand Nicki’s frustration. Who wouldn’t want to visit their old stomping grounds and give back to the students of the high school they attended? However, I do think the principle is justified in her decision to not let Nicki Minaj speak to the students of LaGuardia High School.

Onika Maraj (Nicki’s government name) seems like a very delightful and well rounded woman but we all know her as her persona, Nicki Minaj and what Nicki Minaj is all about. Just the name Nicki Minaj contains sexual connotations. Nicki Minaj has been raunchy and over sexualized way before the main stream media even knew who she was. Remember the infamous picture of Nicki squatting, in a bra and panties, with her legs open licking a lollipop that hit the internet back in 2009? Or even recently, her “Anaconda” video where she can be seen half naked, shaking her ass, slapping women on the ass and giving Drake a lap dance. And need we even mention the lyrics of “Anaconda”? Nicki’s persona and lyrics have always been laced with sexual content. So why would it be a good idea for her to speak to young, impressionable high school students? What type of message would that send? I don’t understand why Nicki cannot understand that. You wouldn’t want a porn star speaking to your kids just because she’s on television, everybody knows her and she has tons of money, would you? No, I’m not calling Nicki a porn star but you have to admit, her songs, videos and shows are hyper sexualized and would make a grown man blush to say the least. Yes, Nicki is successful and yes, I do feel people could learn some things from her about business and what it takes to make it. However, Nicki Minaj is not the ideal candidate to speak to school age children. Just imagine how many of those kids parents would be outraged. The principle displayed good judgement by not letting Nicki speak to the kids and ultimately was just looking out for the best interest of the students and parents.

If Nicki is really passionate about speaking to young people, giving them advice and inspiring them, a high school is not the place to do it for obvious reasons. But there are other alternatives. She could throw a community event and speak to people of all ages. Anyone who wouldn’t want to be there wouldn’t have to be and vice versa.

Like I’ve stated a million times on this blog, I like Nicki Minaj and I am very familiar with her and her music. I think Nicki is extremely talented and has no doubt changed the rap game. But Nicki needs to be real with herself and understand people’s perception of her and why she is perceived that way. It makes perfect sense. It’s definitely not that Nicki is “not good enough”. Clearly she’s more than great. High School’s have certain values and standards to uphold which makes perfect sense.

What do you guys think about the principle of LaGuardia High School not allowing Nicki Minaj to come speak to the students? I’d love to hear your input!

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!