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Ashton Kutcher’s offering face-to-face career advice to budding and struggling professionals for just $5 an hour, according to E! News.
The “Two and a Half Men” actor recently created a profile on pop expert, a website that allows users to video chat with experts in just about every field, from yoga to tech. He goes by Christopher Kutcher on the site (Ashton is his middle name), and is offering hour long sessions in career mentoring, marketing, branding and social media.
More artistically inclined students can sign up for face-to-face courses in acting and producing.
Popexpert’s charging just $5 for the first session with Kutcher and $10 for any followups. Unfortunately, he has no upcoming availability — perhaps because he recently got a real-world job as Lenovo’s product engineer — and interested pupils, or just super fans, have to sign up for the waiting list.
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Nearly 45 years after the Stonewall Rebellion, gay is the new awesome. Chic and hip, gay culture has infiltrated nearly every aspect of entertainment, pop culture, politics, and daily life to the point where the Fred Phelpses of the world now endure ridicule and scorn that was once reserved for the gays they hate.
Gay sells. It moves, it marries, and it makes an impression. Far from something to hide in the closet, it a badge of honor to brag about, right, Ellen?
Not always. Nearly a half century after the dawn of the modern gay rights movement, everyone from regular people to A-list celebs are still hesitant to come out. Here are a few reasons why.
America is Still A Christian Nation
Although nonbelievers or the religiously unaffiliated are by far the fastest-growing “denomination” in the country at nearly 20 percent of the populace, the overwhelming majority of Americans still identify as Christian. Whether or not their adherents all agree, the Roman Catholic Church and virtually all Protestant denominations (the Episcopal Church and the Unitarian Universalist Congregations among the rare exceptions) reject homosexuality as abhorrent to God and nature and teach their followers that homosexual behavior is a mortal sin punishable by an eternity in the broiler. Take that, Freddie Mercury.
The African-American Community Is Still Super Homophobic
It is accepted as all but verified fact that the largest identifiable group of closeted gays in America are African-American. Referring to their closet as “The DL,” African-American gays in America face discrimination from their own community that is probably unrivaled by any other racial or ethnic group.
With so much of the music and entertainment scenes dominated by African-American culture, celebs might feel pressured to stay in the closet with the rest of the gay hip-hop artists who definitely exist but just haven’t mentioned it yet. Yes, we know about Sissy Rich and Gangsta Fag, but they are the rare, anecdotal exception.
You Still Have To Go Home For Thanksgiving
It shouldn’t matter what other people think, but it does. No matter how rich or famous a celebrity becomes, no matter what they achieve or how much of their personal life is splashed on the tabloid covers, “Dad, I’m gay” are still the three little words that will break the back of so many parents. Celebrities have families from whom they want approval. Sad, but true.
It’s Nobody’s Damn Business
Everybody who knows a gay person understands there is resentment in the community that straights don’t have to come out and “admit” who they’re attracted to. Maybe closeted gays just don’t think they owe you an explanation.
Monumental strides have been made in recent years to full inclusion for gays.
The last decade has seen the demise of sodomy laws, the striking down of DOMA and Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, and most importantly, has seen a sea change in attitudes of Americans – specifically young Americans – toward gays as full citizens deserving of equal rights. A good start, but the number of people still uncomfortable with coming out proves there are still miles to go for the movement.
Andrew Lisa is a freelance writer living in Los Angeles. He writes about American culture and profiles top legal professionals such as Tim Broas.
Dangerous Lee interviews Kris Shaw, a fan favorite who tours comedy clubs, colleges and events all across the United States and Canada. He has entertained troops in Iraq, Kuwait, Japan, Korea, Saudi Arabia and Africa. Kris also appears in national television commercials and had a recurring extra role on the CBS drama “Close To Home”.
Your Facebook page is listed under “Dready Murphy”, what do you think about Eddie Murphy?
I like Eddie Murphy. He’s one of the most brilliant modern pioneer story tellers. He raised the bar for the current comedians. From there was born Chris Rock and so on.
Who laughs at your jokes the hardest, Black people or White people?
That’s a very interesting question. There’s no specific color that laughs at my jokes. I think that people get that my funny is different. It’s not the typical stuff that most comics are doing. That’s what I like about it; there’s no color barrier.
How do you use your dreads?
Haha. I love my dreads. A lot of the time, if I’m bored I like to take stupid pictures to make faces with them. Sometimes if I’m on the plane, I’ll use them as “mini blinds” to cover my face while I sleep.
Is there anything that you absolutely won’t make a joke about?
I don’t care for jokes about harming babies or rape. I don’t think that comics that cover those topics have ever been a part of such a sensitive issue. If they have kids, they wouldn’t do those jokes and if they personally knew someone that was molested, then it would be the furthest thing from their mind to joke about.
Is every day Steak & Blowjobs Day or is it a special occasion?
I think everyday should be a Steak & Blowjob Day. Life is too short to just make it annual.
Are people in L.A. as fake as they are rumored to be?
I believe people all over the country are fake. In LA, you just tend to have a bigger melting pot of fakeness. It’s where people go to try and make their dreams come true. It’s also where a lot of dreams end. I can see thru it all just like anywhere else in the country so it really doesn’t bother me as much. I expect it.
These days, more and more people are learning mixed martial arts. It is one of the fastest-growing sports in America. So many folks from all walks of life, from elementary school children to senior citizens, are trying their hand at MMA these days, that the sport has gone from curiosity to the mainstream. People are learning martial arts in NYC, Los Angeles, Chicago, Kalamazoo, Passaic, and pretty much every town and city that you can think of in the country. So why is there such an interest in learning MMA, particularly among women? Here are some of the main reasons:
It is a great workout – and fun, too!
Maybe you’re bored with chronic cardio techniques like hopping on an elliptical machine or a stair climber or a treadmill, even though they burn lots of calories. It is understandable – after all, these things are now designed with TVs and music capabilities precisely because they can be so boring. With MMA in NYC and other cities, you don’t just get a killer workout that may get you into shape quickly and burn up to 1200 calories in one session, according to Dr. Mehmet Oz. You also don’t have to be distracted with entertainment to make the workouts fun – MMA sessions are fun and interesting in and of itself, and you will be engaged the entire time.
Learning it can increase your self-esteem and help you relax
Being able to handle yourself in kickboxing, karate, Muay Thai, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, or other mixed martial arts can give you a great workout. But the skills are something that, as you get better, can help you feel more confident. From getting shy girls to feel tougher to helping adults improve their self-esteem, MMA can be very beneficial. According to MMA in NYC expert Jordan Weiss, “In terms of stress reduction, MMA training includes breathing and relaxation exercises as well as visualization drills which can reduce anxiety,” making people learn how to handle stress. “Other benefits may include the learning of self-respect and respect for others.”
MMA can help with self-defense
It is a dangerous world out there, especially for women, and MMA can help you potentially protect yourself. You can learn a variety of techniques to help with self-defense, so you can stand up for yourself and not be a victim. That does not mean that you will be needlessly starting fights with others, and be acting too aggressively. Just the opposite – MMA self-defense techniques, like those taught with Ronin Athletics, can help you gracefully avoid conflict, or be able to handle yourself when you cannot get away.
All in all, learning MMA can be a very productive experience for you, and help you grow mentally, physically, and psychologically. Why not check it out today?
Whether you’re looking for a hot vacation destination or an exciting new city to call home, there are more than enough U.S. cities to appease your appetite for nightlife.
There’s no going in early when you party in New Orleans’ French Quarter. Music is pouring from every bar door, and you can’t help but be marveled by the street performers. The spirit of Mardi Gras radiates year-round in this city on the Bayou.
The Big Apple has one of the most dynamic party scenes on the planet. From concerts at Madison Square Garden to holes-in-the-wall in the East Village, New York City offers every kind of nightlife for every kind of party-goer.
Las Vegas is the perfect place to burn a hole in your pocket while you party the night away in casinos, bars and clubs. Everything is extravagant in Las Vegas, so be prepared to see it all.
Looking for a posh night out followed by a day in the sand? Miami’s South Beach is one of the best places to party in style. Don’t forget to come with deep pockets, because this upscale, beach lifestyle isn’t cheap.
They say everything is bigger in Texas, and Austin’s music scene is far from small. Some of the best musical talent in the country has been moving to Austin; add the college scene into the mix, and you’ve got a recipe for exciting nightlife.
Chi-town’s diverse party scene can send you into a historic mobster lounge or a booming dance club in Boystown. Chicago is no stranger to live music either, so don’t leave your dancing shoes at home.
Want to party with your favorite celebrities? There’s no guarantee you’ll see them, but diving into the upscale Los Angeles nightlife scene will better your chances. If you’re into being seen, the City of Angels is the place to be.
History and partying aren’t a common combination, but Boston brings them together to provide a nightlife that is charming and unique. Enjoy cocktails at a rooftop bar or stumble into a historic dive, but whatever you do, don’t miss the party around Fenway Park after a Red Sox game.
You won’t be singing the blues when you party on Beale Street in Memphis. After a long night of Elvis impersonators and tributes to B.B. King, you’ll already be planning your next trip back to this city with soul.
From Polynesian dancers to China town, Honolulu has every kind of nightlife to wow tourists and locals alike. Enjoy tropical drinks in a chic setting, dance to live music or shake your hula skirt in a club, Honolulu has everything to offer.
Wherever you are in the country, it’s likely there’s an exciting party destination nearby. And if you’re looking to travel, your inner party animal won’t be complete until you visit them all.
POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER
Panic, taken over my life
Overwhelming, feelings of strife
Stress, consumed my mind
Trust, cannot find
Around, explosions, gunfire
Mortar guns, my specialty
Acknowledgment, Sergeant that’s me
The soldier, the proud, the few
Change, my life anew
Sleepless, nightmares haunt
Eating disorders, anxiety
Sensitive, my soul
Savages, they stole
Detached, I’ve become
Onset, feelings of danger
Return, structure and teams
Damaged, no more dreams
Envious, of the old me
Return, to who I used to be
Jennifer Garcia’s love of travel began when she traveled to the West Coast to visit her father at the age of three. Her home until she was sixteen was a small coastal town near Boston. She currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband, two sons, and two dogs.
Her lifelong love for reading and writing was put aside for many years while she made her way in the world and nurtured her young family. Even though she is older, and life never seems to settle, she’s finding her way while attending college full-time in pursuit of a B.A. in English Literature. She also runs a business, and is still caring for her family. Believing she can do it all, with the help of her family, she worked on her first novel during the late hours of the night while balancing the rest of her life during the day. Her hard work paid off, as her first novel, My Mr. Manny, will be published August 2013.
We each have a favorite celebrity, whether it be a movie star or a rock star. Wouldn’t you love to meet that celebrity in person? Well, you just might get that chance if you stay at one of these celebrity hide-a-ways.
1. Sunset Marquis & Villa
This hotel in Los Angeles, California is known for hosting celebrities. Whether you’re dining at the Restaurant or relaxing by the pool, chances are pretty good that you’ll spot someone famous. It probably helps that there is an on-site recording studio, which attracts various musicians such as Chris Cornell or Green Day.
2. Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita
This hotel has boasted of hosting such guests as John Travolta, Nicolas Cage and Jennifer Aniston. So grab your camera and see if one of them will pose for you (or maybe consent to being in the picture with you).
3. One and Only Palmilla
Located in Los Cabos, Mexico, this place is still close enough to L.A. to draw in the stars. Imagine sitting by the pool, chatting with Sandra Bullock and Kate Beckinsale. Maybe you’d prefer striking up a conversation with Tom Cruise, Hugh Jackman or Richard Gere. Whoever your favorite celebrity may be, chances are that you will spot him here.
4. The Shore Club, Miami, Florida
Here you’ll find celebrities checking in to hide away in the designer bungalows. However, if you wait long enough, they will eventually come out to play. Grab a seat at the Skybar and have a drink. You might just get lucky and see a favorite celebrity come in to have a drink too.
5. Burning Shore Resort
This hotel in Namibia is where Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie went to hide out and get away from the paparazzi when they were expecting baby Shiloh.
6. Metropolitan Hotel, London, England
Are you planning a trip to London? Check out this hotel, and you might just see Tom Hanks, Johnny Depp or Nicole Kidman. Since the Met Bar in the lobby is for guests and hotel members only, the general public won’t be able to observe you groveling for a celebrity autograph.
7. Les Saisons, Sun valley, Idaho
This resort is fashioned in old west style with rustic lodges. If you want to seek out celebrities while here, try the resort’s fitness center, health club, swimming pool or spa. However, celebs do receive some additional privacy here as the resort does not release the names of its famous guests.
8. Hotel Cipriani
This secluded waterfront property (accessible only by boat) in Venice, Italy is an ideal getaway for celebrities; it offers everything from personal butlers to private gardens. If you dine at the Fortuny Restaurant, you are bound to spot someone famous before you leave.
9. Spring Creek Ranch
The celebrity elites love this resort in Wyoming. You could potentially spot anyone from Jim Carrey to Uma Thurman if you vacation here.
Located on the Hawaiian island of Oahu, celebrities like Halle Berry, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ben Afflek and Paula Abdul have been known to stay at this luxury hotel.
These are a few places where celebrities have been known to congregate. Just try not to get too star struck if you visit. After all, the celebrities might just want to enjoy their vacation too.
Paul Moore works with Hyatt House Hotel in Minot, ND hometown of celebrity Josh Duhamel, among others.
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The lines of sexuality are blurred these days. “Heterosexual” and “homosexual” no longer cover all of the possibilities. Straight, gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, and, transgender are more commonly used, but who are we to say that one of these labels can be used to describe everyone?
Several years ago, Oprah Winfrey had an episode of her talk show, at least once, that had seemingly straight men reveal to their wives that they were actually gay. More recently, men are coming forward to say that, while they are straight or bi-sexual, and choose to have a female partner in life, they have a strong desire to engage in sexual activity with male partners as well.
Is This Gay?
Does this make a man gay? Or does he possibly experience a sexual identity that does not fall into one of the categories that our society has created?
The online dating website, OkCupid.com reports that 13% of straight men who have a profile on the site have answered “yes” to having sexual experiences with men in the past, and another 5% of the male users of the site have not, but answered “yes” to wanting to have sexual experiences with men. It seems gay-curious can be added to the list of ways in which to identify ones sexuality?
So what does this mean for men who are in committed relationships with women, but who find themselves having urges to engage in sexual activities with other men? And what are the options for these men when they can no longer manage their urges on their own?
Sexual addiction comes in many forms, and may be a part of these mens reality. Roughly 5% of the United States population is affected by sex addiction, also known as compulsive sexual behavior or hyper-sexual disorder. That doesn’t sound like a lot, but with a population of 315,574,588, there are close to 16 million people struggling with some form of a sexual addiction.
How can you tell the difference between sexual addiction and acts of sexual behavior?
The definition of addiction is helpful. According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, or ASAM, who determines the criteria for assessing addiction, believes that: addiction is characterized by:
People who are accurately diagnosed with sexual addiction suffer from an inability to regulate their personal negative feelings and emotional states, so in an effort to cope, distract, or escape these difficult feelings, they act out sexually.
As a result, interpersonal relationships decline, intimacy is nearly impossible to experience, or sustain, with another person, and closeness with another human being feels intolerable when someone is dealing the following symptoms of sexual addiction:
Similar to most other chronic diseases, addiction operates in cycles with periods of relapse and periods of remission. When left untreated, sexual addiction is progressive, meaning it will to continue to get worse over time.
Is There Help Available?
The good news? There is effective treatment for a sex addiction. There are many options for sexual addiction therapy in Los Angeles, California.
With various modalities and strategies for recovery, everyone suffering from a form of sexual addiction can make choices to learn how to change their behaviors. Rehab for sex addiction focuses on the root of the addiction, so that a personalized treatment plan effectively helps the addict heal.
Dr. Priya Chaudhri, Ph.D. is the clinical director for a Beverly Hills holistic treatment center, The Control Center, that helps people by providing treatment for drug addiction, gambling addiction and sexual addiction in Los Angeles.
Smooth warmth presses to my ear
as I hear security in your pounding,
beating heart. Fragility, reliability,
a power plant in repose.
You’ve gone away from me
but left a reminder that you’ll return
when your soaring is done.
Melody Scott was born in San Diego, California and raised in Riverside, California, a town near Los Angeles. She graduated from California Polytechnic College in Pomona, California and was employed by the Press Enterprise Newspapers for six years.
After marrying and moving to Cumming, Georgia, she became enamored of the land and obtained her Georgia Real Estate license in 1978. Buying and selling, moving and investing became a way of life until she was drawn to write novels about the land, the history of which still holds a mystique for her.
Melody has had several short stories published in various magazines such as Confection, The Lyric, Promises to Keep, Woman, Horizon Magazine and the North Georgia Star. She was accepted by the Atlanta Prose Stage to read at the Decatur Book Festival in 2011 as well as the Dahlonega Book Fair hosted by North Georgia College and State University in 2011.
Her first novel, Auraria Dead, is a real estate mystery that pairs land use and its history with a fast-paced story that is entertaining and nested in historical significance. Her acrylic paintings, wall murals and watercolors are becoming known among the north Georgia art community.
Today she lives in Dawsonville, GA, is a licensed Realtor and belongs to her local Board of Realtors, the Chamber of Commerce, two writing groups, a book club, Sisters In Crime and Southeastern Mystery Writers of America.
She managed to remain married to the same saint of a husband and now has two adult children and three grandchildren traipsing the same land about which she writes.
When it comes to style in Hollywood, some things come, some things go, and some things even come back again. For most style, the fashion cycle is just that, a cycle. But for every flavor of the month, there are always those classic looks that are truly timeless. At our core, we humans know what we want, and the basics usually don’t change. That truth shows itself most clearly when it comes to cosmetic surgery. Some traits always look good on people, and few are as timeless as a well-shaped derrière.
A bigger butt. People seem to always want most what they can’t get, and for those women with a small butt, the desire is almost always there for a bigger one. And that’s perfectly natural. A good butt lift can do everything for your rear that adding on pounds can, without affecting your waistline. This is a good look for women with naturally wide hips in general, with the most common way of enhancement being to take excess fat from the abdomen or flank area and moving it to the butt.
So who tops the list for most requests? What celebrities do people point to when they go in requesting their new look? That answers probably won’t surprise you.
Kim Kardashian. Relatively new to the game, Kim has become famous for being famous, and has garnered that “fame” into a full out brand. She’s been turning heads (including more than a few pro athletes) for years with her bountiful backside. Now that she is carrying Kanye’s baby, she might have to pass on her torch if she can’t bounce back quickly to the curvy figure she possessed before the pregnancy.
Jennifer Lopez. For years the reigning queen of “best butt” lists, this one is an easy choice. A long time dancer in music videos and famously one of the Fly Girls on In Living Color, J-Lo has had one of the most desirous butts for over a decade, and even into her forties, she has shown that she still has it. Not a bad choice to make at all.
Shakira. This one is more of a throwback to the late 90s/early 2000s, but it’s hard to disagree. She practically made her entire career shaking her thing, and as she said herself, those hips don’t lie. Her salsa flavored dancing did all it could to draw attention to her best… ahem… asset, and she made the most of it.
Jessica Biel. Owner of the fittest body in Hollywood, there’s little surprise that she also owns the fittest behind. Justin Timberlake is a lucky man.
Beyonce. When you release a song called “Bootylicious,” you better be prepared to back it up. And Beyonce certainly delivers. Like most of the names on this list, Beyonce has be a professional dancer and performer for years, and it all shows, even after giving birth to the hippest baby in America.
This list might seem like a no brainier, but one thing they all have in common are the natural and full curves that have been high on the list of turn-ons since time immortal. After all, if you had to choose someone’s butt for your own, wouldn’t it be someone off this list?
Dr. Matlock is a cosmetic surgeon in Los Angeles, and writes about cosmetic surgery.
Cycle 6 America’s Next Top Model Winner, Dani Evans, is featured in the first commercial below and I love it because she’s a chocolate sista and lord knows we need more dark women on TV! The soundtrack is funky too; it makes me want to go to Target and break some stuff! Check it out!
If you enjoy a good, gritty and powerful urban film then these 6 movies are bound to both entertain and stay with you long after the closing credits.
Urban films are rich in the culture of inner-city life and bring this kicking and screaming to our screens. Life in urban societies is portrayed in all its dark, bleak and violent reality with many of the settings, dialogue, characters and storylines recognizable to young city dwellers of today.
Ed Norton stars in this urban film about racism on the streets. Based around the lives of two brothers, Derek (Ed Norton) and Daniel (Edward Furlong), the film follows Derek’s descent into the neo-Nazi movement after their father is killed by a black drug dealer. Before long, Derek is sent to prison for killing two black gang members who were trying to break into his truck. He undergoes a change of outlook because of his experience in prison and when he is released he tries to save his younger brother from following in his destructive footsteps.
Violent and gripping, Ray Winstone plays Carlin, a young offender who’s moved to a new borstal where he’s bullied by the guards and inmates. So he decides to carry out random acts of violence to boost his standing and soon becomes the “daddy”, the boss of the trade in money and cigarettes. The extent of the violent content caused the BBC to have worries and led to the director Alan Clarke cutting the original film for cinema release. Portraying the brutality of life inside a British prison, Scum was one of the most controversial films of the early 1980s but has since become a classic urban movie.
This popular French film is set in one of the districts of Paris that has been separated from the main center due to the levels of violence – these districts are now in the hands of gangs. When District 13 takes a truck with a nuclear weapon on board, the intention is to sell it to the highest bidder but the trouble is the clock is ticking and in 24-hours the weapon will detonate, so the gang points it at the heart of Paris and demands big bucks. A lone cop is sent in who teams up with a gang member to track down the weapon and disarm it before it explodes.
About life in urban America, this film tells the story of childhood friends growing up on the mean streets of East Birmingham in Los Angeles, and reveals that not everyone is able to escape the hood alive.
Stark and disturbing, this tale of England by director Shane Meadows centers on a 12-year-old boy Shaun who is growing up in poverty in the 1980s. Taken under the wing of a group of skinheads, relations are soon strained when a racist gang member Combo is released from jail. The gang splits in two as Combo fights to be leader, and Shaun chooses to go with him rather than the other gang leader Woody and events turn dark and brutal with shocking consequences.
Set in north London, this bleak portrayal of urban life sees the day-to-day struggles of 15-year-old Londoner Trife as he struggles to choose between the path he knows he should take and a life of guns and violence.
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