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5 Things You Missed at the 3rd Annual Vehicle City Fashion Week fashion show

vcfwI attended the 3rd annual Vehicle City Fashion Week Runway Show as Press. It was my first time attending any event officially as Press and it showed. I used my daughters tablet to record film only to find out that the footage file was “too large to attach to email”. Spare me!

Anyway, it was a Fashion Against Violence event and here are some of the highlights:

  1. Affordable and wearable fashion by Michigan designers like Good Boy, Westside Society, Mama Gone Thrifting and Jones Ave.
  2. Diverse models of various sizes, heights and skin tones.
  3. A chance to werk the runway and win cool swag!
  4. This dance performance.
  5. This adorable Sephora goodie bag! sephora

 

 

 

 Please visit the Vehicle City Fashion Week Facebook page for more highlights!

#ImSoFlint Takes Over Social Media: Get all updates here!

Flint is the largest city and county seat of Genesee County in the State of Michigan. It is located along the Flint River, 66 miles (106 km) northwest of Detroit. According to the 2010 census, Flint has a population of 102,434, making it the seventh largest city in Michigan.

Source – Wikipedia

#ImSoFlint on Twitter

#ImSoFlint on Facebook

A series of tweets by Facebook and Twitter users took over social media this week where those of us who grew up in Flint and are still living there, or in the area, proclaimed our Flint Pride, fond memories and funny stories with the rest of the world. Or anyone that cared

I was born and raised in Flint, Michigan. I currently live right outside of Flint, or shall I say, down the street from Flint in Burton. I work and sometimes play in Flint. I also have a section of this network devoted of Flint (Flint Positive Spotlight). So, I am definitely So Flint!

However, like most things on social media, it is playing out (see getting on my nerves) quickly. But, I won’t complain too much. Flint is usually in the media for negative reasons so I’m happy to join the crowd. It’s fun. And, other than love we all need more fun.

What makes you So Flint?

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Flint Positive Spotlight: Vodkila Listening Lounge and Hustle Season DVD Release Party

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Jail Crams Female Prisoners Together To Sleep On Floor

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Feces in the hallway and female inmates sleeping nearly on top of each other in the intake area are recurring problems at the Livingston County Jail, the sheriff confirmed Friday.

Sheriff Bob Bezotte brought those issues — including a photograph of the sleeping conditions —to light in an e-mail to the Livingston County Board of Commissioners this week, which the Livingston County Daily Press & Argus received through a Freedom of Information Act request on Friday.

“We should never be in a situation where we have eight people sleeping on top of themselves and with one toilet,” the sheriff said when asked about the living conditions at the jail.

“I put myself in that position and I would be furious. … As the sheriff and elected official, I think it¹s my duty to bring this to the attention of the commissioners,” Bezotte said. “This is an ongoing issue we have to deal with. This is not right. Period.”

County Commissioner Ronald Van Houten, who chairs the commission’s public safety committee, believes the photograph and Bezotte¹s comments are merely propaganda.

Read full story via Livingston County Jail crams female prisoners together to sleep on floor, photo shows | Detroit Free Press | freep.com.

Cherisse Bradley: A Beautiful, Brilliant & Blessed Soul

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Cherisse Bradley is a Lady, I repeat a Lady whose grace, beauty, strength and resilience can be a lesson for us all. I Found My Voice A Tribute to Women in Jazz, Funk and Soul is a creation from the mind of Cherisse Bradley that is arguably one of the most profound events held this year in Michigan, let alone at the U of M Flint. It featured artists, such as, Detroit poet/musician Jessica Care Moore, Steffanie Christi’an, Brinae Ali, Johnny Manuel and Stan the Man to name a few. The show was held at The University of Michigan-Flint to a packed house. The applaud, tears, and laughter was no less than a refreshing example of what art and truth can be when put together correctly.

Read full feature via Cherisse Bradley A Beautiful, Brilliant, & Blessed Soul.. | bluuwise.

Top Story: Woman’s Boston Marathon Bombing Costume – What It Says About Everyone

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If her costume eliminated the blood and gore would it still be offensive?

It was the Halloween costume seen ‘round the world: A Michigan woman named Alicia Ann Lynch dressed as a victim of April’s Boston Marathon bombing, sporting runner’s clothing and fake splattered blood. And as a result, she ignited the rage of the Internet.

Read full story via Woman’s Boston Marathon Bombing Costume: What It Says About Everyone | Healthy Living – Yahoo Shine.

5 Great University Towns To Live In

University of Michigan1. Ann Arbor, Michigan

One of the most attractive qualities about living in Ann Arbor is the Big 10 football team that plays for the University of Michigan. The liveliness of the town around football season is stimulating and exciting even for those who have already graduated from college. University of Michigan is an amazing university that births some of America’s great minds in business and other fields. Most of the homes close to the school are occupied by students and those involved in the college while families and young professionals tend to live in the West and Northern regions of the city.

Aside from the excitement of school sports and the well separated living quarters of families and students there is a great job market thriving in Ann Arbor for those fresh out of school. Large businesses have recently opened offices in Ann Arbor including the hotel giant Hyatt and cyber security company Barracuda Networks. If you are looking to work while earning your degree, there is a minimum wage in place of $12.76 per hour for those who do not receive healthcare from their employers. This town is perfect for students and post-graduates alike as it offers an energy conducive to a college town while still maintaining a quiet neighborhood feel in the Northern and Western areas.

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2. Shreveport, LouisianaLSU Shreveport

Although Shreveport offers a smaller Louisiana State University campus it is still one of the more exciting college towns to live in. Students can earn four degrees studying at the Shreveport campus of LSU while enjoying the fantastic night life and down home feel of the charming city. Some fresh, young college students find themselves overwhelmed by big city college towns; in Shreveport a prospective student will find a town that is thriving and bustling like a big city while still maintaining a delightful small town vibe.

Those who reside in Shreveport are privy to the cultural melting pot of different gourmet restaurants, casinos and horse racing. Shreveport alone hosts three separate casinos and shares two floating boat casinos with its neighbor Bossier City. Downtown Shreveport is the home of Superior’s Steak House, a Chicago style steak house that proves to be a classy fine dining establishment. Residents also rave about classic Creole restaurants and other comfort food establishments. There is plenty of entertainment for students, young professionals and retirees alike with the array of gambling and fine dining accompanied by the luxurious downtown shopping.

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austin texas3. Austin, Texas

The University of Texas in Austin is not only one of the most sought out colleges for prospective students but it is located in the heart of a unique blend of culture and diversity. This town is a wonderful synthesis of a big city and an outdoors man’s dream. There are countless miles of hiking trails and outdoor swimming holes only minutes from the heart of the city and the swimming holes feed into the Colorado river which has proven a backdrop for the good memories of many University of Texas students.

It has been said that the people in Austin are kind and although it is quite hip it maintains the Southern charm of it’s home state in that neighbors are kind to one another. There is also plenty of work in town due to the stream of talent that pours from the University. Austin has become one new location for the tech rise and in turn is the host to tons of great job opportunities for young graduates. Since this tech uprising has not come fully to fruition yet, the cost of living still remains low enough for a young professional to afford to live there. The apartments are cheaper than more well known cities like New York and the food and gas are affordable as well. Lastly there is no state tax on these items, making this one of the most affordable urban cities in which to reside during the current economic climate.

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4. Berkeley, CaliforniaBerkeley, CA

The benefits of California are well known throughout the United States: there is beautiful sunshine filled weather year round and everyone is more relaxed than anywhere else in the nation. Berkeley is a bit more individual than other well known California towns, there are great minds shaped at UC Berkeley and they help this small hippy town host some of the most divine eateries, best shopping destinations and pure personality. Although the cost of living is quite high it is well worth the rent for the perfect location and epic community that you are paying for.

Berkeley is home to Alice Waters’ restaurant Chez Panisse. She is a food philosopher who in the sixties birthed the ideology of eating foods that are near where you live. Berkeley was a huge component in the flower child revolution in the sixties and this relaxing vibe is still alive in the area. This city is not only home to one of the most prestigious universities in the nation but it is a hub of new ideas and an exciting aura that remains from the age of flower children.

Berkeley Apartment Rentals

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Boulder, CO5. Boulder, Colorado

University of Colorado, Boulder continues to rise in attendance; aside from the gorgeous Rocky Mountains on display in the backdrop, Boulder is considered one of the healthiest towns in the United States. Students and families alike find Boulder charming because of their ability to live in a non rural neighborhood while being only minutes away from fantastic hiking, mountain biking and lakes. If you are interested in the outdoors, Boulder should be considered as the greatest college town.

College students tend to gain weight and come into problems with their health as a result of living on their own for the first time. Boulder is one of the healthiest towns in the United States, it was ranked first in a poll of 162 large and mid-sized cities in the nation for health and happiness. Residents of the community both old and young are well educated and affluent and report that the weather is one of the best reasons to move there. Their close proximity to natural landscapes and beautiful hiking trails only adds to the plethora of reasons that Boulder is the number one college town to live in for both prospective students and young families.

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Cara is a freelance writer who maintains an organic approach to life through interests in culinary arts, yoga and holistic healing. Contact her through Google+.

 

Flint Positive Spotlight: Hank Davis – Uphill Entrepreneur

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Are YOU Flint Positive?

Dangerous Lee Interviews TaMara Campbell – Author of L.I.F.E. Live Inspired! Feel Empowered!

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You got out of an unhappy marriage that came with many perks. What was the ultimate deal breaker in that relationship?

Whew! (LOL) looking back, there we’re so many deal breakers but like so many young girls, I was hopeful! Hopeful that marriage would change me, change him and change us as a couple. Marriage was supposed to just somehow magically fix everything that was wrong. In addition, being brought up in a Christian home, divorce was no, no! So there was definitely an internal struggle of going against my beliefs, society’s messages of being married to your Prince Charming and living happily ever after and then there was reality. And ultimately, I lost myself and was on the verge of destruction. But there were two major situations that resulted in my decision to finally leave: 1) I had shrunk into a former shell of myself. I had been reduced to nothing and I didn’t even realize who I was anymore. It was disgustingly heart wrenching to look in the mirror and hate what you have become. 2) I discovered he was cheating again so I asked him about it. Of course he denied it. So then of course I presented him with the evidence. He got so upset that he pushed me into the wall; I hit my head and blacked out. Let me tell you it’s a scary feeling to come to with someone standing over you yelling and cursing at you. But the one thing about all of it is that I never told him that I was going to leave until I had and plan and was absolutely sure I had enough courage and strength to make it on my own and never go back.

What inspired you to write L.I.F.E. Live Inspired! Feel Empowered!?

My story! And the stories of so many other women who believed that they are trapped and that there is no way out of an unhappy and unhealthy relationship. God did not take me on this journey to keep it to myself. I had to go and grow through it so that I could be a resource, a tool to other women so that they would know that they too, could find the strength and courage to leave. I also wrote it for that little girl growing up so that she could know how not to get into an unhealthy relationship and if by chance she did, she’d be able to utilize the tools and activities in Live Inspired Feel Empowered to find her way out. I wrote it for the person that’s lost and looking for a way to find themselves. It’s an olive branch, it’s hope, it’s inspiration for LIFE!

What will women gain from reading L.I.F.E. Live Inspired! Feel Empowered!?

Throughout the pages of Live Inspired Feel Empowered, you can expect to find yourself, your passion and your Purpose! You will laugh, cry, scream and shout praises as you turn the pages of this book. But most importantly, you will find a healing and you will find peace. You will learn to live L.I.F.E.!   When you find it difficult to read some of the pages in the book, I encourage you not to give up but to push to your breakthrough. No one ever said that growth was instant or easy because if it were, we would all be where we want to be and who we want to be. It takes time, effort and work! “Faith+Action+Movement =The life you so desire,” (the Empowered Consciousness Paradigm from Live Inspired Feel Empowered.) So be patient and loving with yourself and the process.

Can men also relate to the material within the book?

Oh Absolutely! Contrary to what we’ve been taught, men and women are not that different. We both experience all the same emotions but we just may express them differently because that’s how we’ve been conditioned by society. But are the core of it all, we are all human and we all experience hurt, pain and challenges. So all the tools and activities offered in Live Inspired Feel Empowered are definitely useful to men. In fact, a few men have already read the book and said that it actually really helped them to not only understand some things about themselves but their female partner as well. So perhaps the second edition of Live Inspired Feel Empowered will be gender neutral! J

Happy is something that we’re all reaching for. How have you become one of the happiest women in the world?

(LOL) I have become one of the happiest women in the world because I have learned to Live Inspired and Feel Empowered! I know who I am! I have fully come to love, celebrate, cherish and embrace ALL that I am, without regrets or apologies! I am living my LIFE authentically within my Purpose and Passion. Within that there is an unparallelled level of peace, love, Grace and Mercy that is so profoundly powerful!

What’s next for you?

What’s next for me?! Great question! I will be finishing up my Master of Social Work degree and Doctorate of Education in Human Sexuality in December 2013. And I’m sure somewhere inside of me there are a few books waiting to present themselves to the world! (LOL) I also am in the process of writing a producing a short documentary of Black women and sexuality as part of my Doctorate program, so that should be out soon as well! I’m trying to a movement of empowered women that are going to change this world! At the end of the day, I just want to leave a lasting legacy of empowerment, love, joy, peace and sex positive messages that will transcend time!

Where can we purchase your book and find out more about you?

Live Inspired Feel Empowered is available from the following locations: www.tamararosecampbell.com, www.bn.com, www.amazon.com,  Pages Bookstore in Flint, MI and Nubian Bookstore in Southlake Mall, Atlanta, GA. Please continue to check www.tamararosecampbell.com as more locations will be added soon.

Flint Positive Spotlight: Shane Gramling’s Facing Flint Photo Project

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Using the Vehicle City’s reputation for crime and lawlessness to reveal the creativity flourishing in the town that G.M.forgot. Click image for more details and a chance to participate!

Are YOU Flint Positive?

365 Days of Dangermas: Sex, Love & Laughter – I Shot The Pilot!

DANGERMASLOGOJune 1, 2013:

I filmed the pilot episode of Sex, Love & Laughter today and I am very glad it’s over! I am very critical of myself, so being on camera is a challenge. I also hate learning dialogue and the fact that I’ve been running sentences in my mind over and over and over all week in an attempt to memorize them and deliver them with my own spin took its toll on me. However, I rarely had to do more than three takes during filming and the entire crew, including those who I interviewed, were very sweet and accommodating.

I’ve faced another fear/challenge and I came out on the winning end. If the series gets picked up I will be hosting very often, so I guess I better keep on Keeping it Dangerous ;) Wish us luck!

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The Sex, Love & Laughter stage!

Video: Tornados Rock Flint, Michigan Area!

 

Flint Positive Spotlight: Super Talent Show

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365 Days of Dangermas: Day 121 – Alcohol By Fed Ex

DANGERMASLOGODay 121 – May 1, 2013:

Highlights of The Day

  • I’ve been asked to participate on the SmarteRita “Get Waisted” Challenge. I’ve been drinking and I currently have a buzz. Results coming soon!
  • I dyed my hair a shade of dark drown (to get rid of the grey) that is giving me a red tint. Not sure I like it yet. We’ll see how it looks when I get dolled up.

Nothing for the Dangermas tree.

If you’d like to donate items to the Dangermas tree, please view our wishlist for ideas, or you can send ornaments or other light weight items to:

Dangerous Lee

PO Box 7317

Flint, MI 48507

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