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Karimu International Help Foundation

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WHAT STARTED OUT AS A FAMILY’S DREAM TRIP REALIZED HAS EVOLVED INTO A FOUNDATION & LIFE’S PURPOSE OF MAKING THE DREAMS OF OTHERS COME TRUE

I had the good fortune of meeting the Stolls from a mutual friend, Piper Dellums, who lives in Idyllwild, California. I knew from the moment I spoke with this husband and wife team, that I would view mission work differently going forward. I was able to speak with them at length about how they got their start, how a family vacation turned into a lifetime of stewardship and travel, and how the very well-meaning and generous hearts of this family have impacted generations to come. You can find all of the information in the world about Karimu International Help Foundation by clicking the link, but I thought there would be no better way to impart and share the vision of their work, than bringing their life’s work to you! The world definitely needs to know what this power couple is doing to make it a better place.

The Karimu International Help Foundation grew out of a vacation taken by Marianne Kent-Stoll and her husband, Don Stoll, in 2007.

During a visit to the remote Tanzanian village of Bacho, they learned that Tanzania’s government had threatened to close Ufani Primary School. When Marianne and Don, educators in Santa Cruz, California, asked if they could help, Ufani’s teachers told them that the government demanded better toilet facilities. After the two Californians came up with a few hundred dollars to build a basic latrine and Ufani School remained open, the villagers invited them to return the following year with as many volunteers as they could find.

Marianne and Don then established the Karimu International Help Foundation—“Karimu” means “generous” in Swahili—to “provide funds to schools and other community projects enhancing the well-being of rural villages in the developing world.”

This mission statement from Karimu’s Articles of Incorporation suggests Marianne and Don didn’t yet grasp the strength of the bond they had formed with— out of all the “rural villages in the developing world”— Bacho, Dareda Kati and its people. But the mission statement also shows that Marianne and Don never meant to limit Karimu’s work to education.

Besides continuing the renovation and expansion of Ufani School, Karimu now pursues similar work at nearby Ayalagaya Secondary School as well as ongoing health care and water sanitation projects in Dareda Kati. These projects rely on the devotion of scores of volunteers, many of whom return to Tanzania every year because of their friendships with the villagers. (*Content reprinted from www.karimufoundation.org)

Breathe Life

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In this July 24, 2014 photo, from left, siblings Michael Montelone, 10, Brooke Montelone, 10 and Gavin Montelone, 8, do a breathing treatments before heading into the surf Thursday, July 24, 2014, in San Clemente, Calif. The children are part of a growing number of people with cystic fibrosis who are taking advantage of the health benefits that come with surfing. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

The MONTELONE 5: A FAMILY UNITED

By: Stefany J.

FORGET EVERYTHING YOU THINK YOU KNOW ABOUT CYSTIC FIBROSIS (CF)

It’s amazing how sometimes things don’t become real until they happen to you. I knew nothing about Cystic Fibrosis (CF) prior to being sent the media content about this family. Sure I had kind of heard of the disease but I had no idea what it was about or any of the particulars. Imagine my surprise when as a severe asthmatic, I learned that it is a lung disease that starts and is completely centered around lung function. From that point on it became near to my heart and a new cause for me to add to my long list. I know what it feels like to not be able to breathe. I know what it feels like to have your life impaired by an illness that handicaps you from simple things. I know what it feels like to have tubes down your throat and machines breathing for you, and now that I learned about CF and what so many live with, I couldn’t turn back or turn MY back: nor will you!

YOU CAN MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE! | IN THE BEGINNING …

The Movement

You can help make a direct impact and difference in the lives of these 3 children, their treatment, and their quality of life with a simple gift of $3.

Cystic Fibrosis is considered an Orphan’s Disease because there are less than 200,000 with the diagnosis. The government does NOT fund research.

Meeting this family helped me remember…

LIFE…

These parents have made sure to be completely honest and transparent with their children about the life expectancy of their disease. When their mom told them that the average years was 37, their frame of reference led them to believe that meant they would grow to be old. It won’t be until they get older that they realize that a life expectancy of 37 years old is actually very young by traditional standards. Once I started doing my own research I learned that there is a lot for us to take for granted when it comes to the expectation of quality and quantity of life and especially for those with an illness. The Montelones came home from the hospital with two sets of healthy twin children and another child. They had no idea until the diagnosis of the first, that their lives would never be the same, and nor would the lives of these beautiful children.

IS MORE ABOUT WHAT YOU’VE MANAGED TO FIND WITHIN YOURSELF TO GIVE, RATHER THAN WHAT YOU MAKE ROOM ENOUGH TO RECEIVE.

THE JOURNEY OF THE MONTELONE FAMILY IN THEIR OWN WORDS: BY PAULETTE AND ROB

HOME FROM THE HOSPITAL & THE DIAGNOSIS

EVERYTHING SEEMED TO BE GOING WELL…

In our world every day is precious. It was a real wake-up call when we were diagnosed with cystic fibrosis and told that this is a fatal disease. You never want to hear that word. That just is really difficult as a parent.

LIVING EACH AND EVERY DAY WITH HOPE & FAITH

GOD HAS A PLAN FOR EACH AND EVERY ONE OF US…

And for whatever reason, part of His plan was for us to have the cystic fibrosis and to come into contact with the people that we’ve come into contact with. Our purpose is to show God’s love through how we raise our children and how we are with our children; and the fact that we can put our faith into God. It may not be the plan that we had in mind for our kids and it may be a difficult plan. God never promised us that life would be easy. He just promised us that He would be there with us through it all, through the ups and through the downs. That’s what we rely on.

We rely on the fact that when we’re having a tough day, when we’re having our kids go into the hospital, that God sends us a friend that cheers us up. He guides the doctors and helps them to give us the right medication. We trust that God has a bigger plan and that our life can be a story about how God has worked through our lives. I think when we were diagnosed, we came away with that “Lord, why?” It’s just a natural reaction. I don’t think we were angry, I think it was more of we don’t understand, humanly, why you walk away, why this is the way it is, why we have three kids who have this. We have friends who unfortunately aren’t able to have children and I think, “God, how blessed am I that you’ve given us five beautiful kids.” It’s a perspective thing. We are just very, very grateful to the Lord.

They were growing well. We had some issues with Michael. As far as we thought he had a lactose intolerance, but our pediatrician kept reassuring us that it might be something he would outgrow. We really didn’t have a diagnosis of the kids until Gavin was nearly three years old. Once that happened, we had the test run on all the other kids as well. Michael was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis and so was Brooke.

It came right before Christmas that year, and we were really just in shock because you go from having perfectly healthy children and expecting so many things out of life and so many things for them and activities that you just take for granted that your kids are going to be involved in, and everything changed. We were just dumbfounded with, “How is this going to affect our lives? How is this going to affect our daily day-to-day activities?”

Right away we had a hospitalization with Gavin. It was like our introduction to cystic fibrosis. That previous November he started with three sinus surgeries back to back; and then another hospitalization in March. One day all this medication arrived at our doorstep, and there were no instructions on how to administer it. We had to call around to friends and finally found someone in our neighborhood who had children with cystic fibrosis. She kindly came over and gave us directions on how to put the equipment together and give the treatments.

It was just completely life-changing, especially having three of them with this. We had to have friends in the church come over in the morning because the kids were so young and needed someone to sit with them. They didn’t want to sit with their face masks on their faces and they didn’t want to shake in the Vest machine, so someone had to sit with them during all of the treatments.

It was really overwhelming at first, the whole adjustment to the future and the things that we don’t do. We don’t go out to places where other kids are in huge groups. We don’t go to the bounce house places and different things like that, because every time they’re around a large group of kids and they’re bouncing and people are coughing, you are more exposed to all those germs. Our kids can breathe those in and then that might cause them a hospitalization or shorten their lives to a certain extent.

It becomes a lot more of awareness of the people around you, what’s going on in the vicinity around you, and trying to just allow them to have a normal life and to do the activities that children do. Also, to be aware of the possibility of harm to the kids or the possibility that this may not be the safest environment for them. Things like that.

It really was a huge change for us. We still do as many activities as we can. We have them playing soccer with their friends and they go to public school, but we also are very cautious… It’s that balance. We have to now have a balance, something that we never would have given a thought to before. There has to be a balance between what’s the healthiest option for them and are we still allowing them to be kids and allowing them to enjoy life and do things that are great experiences in life.

MY QUESTION AND ANSWER INTERVIEW WITH THE PARENTS:

HMM: How is it possible that the surfing is therapeutic and not exhaustive to the point where it’s harmful?

TMF: I don’t know. I think this is kind of a God thing too. In the ‘90s, in Australia, there was a group of cystic fibrosis kids who were healthier than others in a group. In a nutshell, the doctors put together that these kids that were healthier surfed.

The results weren’t just, “Hey, these kids are healthier.” They were remarkably healthier. They had less hospitalizations, their lung functions were higher, … They just were healthier. To make a long story short, they made a link to the ocean, God’s fluid. I say, “God’s magic fluid,” in the film and it’s absolutely true; true hypertonic saline.

I don’t know if you’ve ever been out in the ocean and you’ve been a little clogged up in your sinuses, but after you get out, your nose will drip water out for awhile. Your upper sinuses and everything are clear. I’m not a scientist. I know that the hypertonic saline opens up these clogged airways and helps to dispel some of the mucus. It gets the kids clear.

I also think that from doing this with the Mauli Ola Foundation for the last … I think we’re going on two and a half years, surfing is such a great exercise. I’ve been under those waves. Holding your breath, standing up on the surfboard and cutting waves and then paddling all the way back, is great for getting those lungs working and building lung function, the lungs and muscles. Besides the good smiles it gives us all and the good feeling of enjoying life.

HMM: My last question to you is, we’ve talked about your faith, we’ve talked about how you perceive things as parents and how it was interacting with the children and the siblings. Marriage is a challenge, period, the relationship of marriage. Marriage with children, another challenge. Now, marriage with two sets of twins, another child, because it’s always the twins and then the child, and then three with diagnosed CF and then your faith and everything you go through. Could you please tell our readers how you’ve managed how to stay so tight-knit as a couple in your relationship with all of this?

TMF: I think that sometimes a diagnosis like this can do one of two things. It can divide a family or it can unite a family. I think that part of the reason that we’ve been so united is because of the Mauli Ola Foundation. When they brought surfing into our lives it was like the glue for us. It was like the silver lining in the dark cloud of cystic fibrosis. I said this before, but I can’t express it enough. We were given this diagnosis and it was like this doomsday. Hopelessness. Like you said, you have to understand that we had all five kids in three years. We went from zero kids to five kids in three years. We had four kids in diapers and one that had just been potty-trained. Life was extraordinarily busy in this household. At the, at time, my husband was working in the mortgage industry and he was working crazy hours. It was just very, very difficult. Then we started to come out of that and were hit with the diagnosis, and it was overwhelming. Our relationship was difficult, we were difficult with each other, things like, Did you give him his treatment? Did you do this? Did you do that? Oh, why did you forget that? With five kids there’s always something that you’ve forgotten to do or the kids have done something that they shouldn’t have done. There’s always some little trauma in the house, and yet we had surfing. That was something we all enjoyed.

It was the only time we were united. We went out to the ocean. You could almost put everything else on hold. At least you could for the moment.

The CF stuff was all left at home. Sometimes we had the nebulizers with us and what not, but for the most part you put that aside and you went out with the family.

You enjoyed your day, the kids’ laughter, the kids’ smiles. You were able to build sandcastles and you were able to swim in the ocean with them, and experience that with them, and know that it was good for them. It really united us.

Marriage is a difficult part of life, but it is also a wonderful thing to have somebody to share it with and company to share the ups and the downs.

I know a lot of families that are dealing with cystic fibrosis and their marriage hasn’t been successful and they’re dealing with this alone. The father or the mother is there, but they’re not together anymore. They go home and they have to be alone knowing that their child has to be in the hospital. They don’t have that communication with each other. I can’t imagine that. We share the burdens, the joys, the disappointments.

Even when we were totally overwhelmed we progressed in this. Golly Jeepers! The lists are endless. Just being up at 10:00 at night and running around and racing around, just working as they’re totally tired, we would just laugh like we’re just teenaged kids or something. It sucked, but you were in it together. It was, and it is. We’re happy.

We’re in it together. These are our kids and we work together to make or lives as great as we can. Obviously there are challenges that we face, but we are in this together and I think we appreciate each other’s abilities and commitment. This is our life and we considered it blessed.

Hometown Hustle Mama Miriam Hyman

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Miriam Hyman

Miriam Hyman is the new Robyn Hood

… AND BEGINNING A LEGACY OF HER OWN WHERE HER FAMILY MEMBERS LEFT OFF.

By Stefany J.

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THIS PHENOMENAL YALE GRADUATE IS CARVING OUT HER OWN SPACE IN HER FAMILY’S HISTORICAL ARCHIVES.

If Miriam Hyman’s name sounds familiar to you, it should.

She is the cousin of the late sultry singer Phyllis Hyman, the cousin of Earl Hyman who is the actor who played Heathcliff Huxtable’s father on The Cosby Show, and the daughter of Hyman, Publicist to the late Malcolm X (pictured right). And while these mentions are just the beginning of this woman’s esteemed family tree, she is making moves of her own that are sure to continue the legacyof greatness that has been forged.

Miriam was raised in the city of Brotherly Love from her early years and while Initially she wanted to be a brain surgeon. At 13 she went to see a film with her mom and knew that’s what she wanted to do for the rest of my life. While, the initial family response wasn’t supportive, over the years Hyman proved to everyone including herself, that she wasn’t going to just talk about it but be about it too. She started training at the Freedom Theater and knew in her heart this was what she was supposed to do.

More than just talent, with her gifted skill set Miriam graduated from University of the Arts in Philadelphia with a BFA. More recently she earned her MFA from Yale and was named the 2011 Princess Grace recipient of the George C. Wolfe award in Theater. Her additional training includes a Guthrie Experience, BADA Oxford, England, and Shakespeare & Company’s Intensive.

Next up, she will be portraying the role of Beneatha in Lorrain Hansberry’s production of A Raisin in the Sun at PlayMakers Repertory Theater in Chapel Hill, NC.

Miriam Hyman earned 2009 and 2007 nominations for the F. Otto Haas award/Emerging Artist and a 2006 Barrymore nomination/Best Supporting Actress in PLTC’s Man from Nebraska. Her T.V. /Film credits include 30 Rock, The Wire, Law & Order, Conviction, Bereavement, Angel Rodriguez, Inclinations, and Music City.

THE BEAUTY OF HER MUSIC

The material is very conscious but at the same time gritty. There’s no profanity. It’s uplifting; paying it forward. It’s about having a good time. With my music my desire is to positively affect and inspire my listeners. How can I reach you and inspire you to want to go and do something positive? With so much going on in this world – what we take in affects us. We react like a reflex and respond without thinking. I want others to take time to reflect on my lyrics and rock out to a versatile feel good track like Will Smith’s Summertime. And if you have seeds they can rock out with you too because my sound is clean. You don’t have to worry about it. I call that spicy raw.

HER MESSAGE TO THE SISTERS

It’s hard out here. Take all of this negative energy that you could consume and turn it into positive energy. I grew up in the hood. I am not a writer for the shooters or the cats getting shot, but those who are ducking the bullets. You learn how to survive. You take what’s around you and let it fuel you. We don’t get that kind of motivation in the hood. We take so much in. It’s not just music, it’s a lot of things and it’s not ok. I’m not into being called out my name and especially not a B… I can’t call anyone the N word, not even on my worst day. My message is about bringing it back to the basics.

Hometown Hustle Mama Dr. Melanye Maclin

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Dr. Melanye Maclin

Dermatologist, Melanye Maclin, M.D., aka “Dr Mac”, and a graduate of Howard University, founded Innovative Hair Technology, Inc. in September 1999 based in Maryland.

She created the research and product development company through determination based on her early childhood medical interest in hair and skin. Dr. Maclin has successfully developed the all-natural supplements, ‘BellaNutri’ for Women(2004) and ‘BeauNutri’ for Men (2008) that benefit hair and skin from an internal nutritional perspective. She has also helped to launch L’Oreal Garnier Fructis ‘Triple Nutrition’ hair products in 2009.

To date, millions of people across the country have become firm believers and supporters of Dr. Maclin and her products. In addition to Dr. Melanye Maclin’s research and development capabilities, her passion is to nationally educate the masses on various hair and skin issues.

Within the first year of business, Dr. Maclin was selected to be the Medical Director of HYPE HAIR and Braids & Beauty which she continues along with an “Ask Dr Maclin” monthly editorial. She also provides articles for Jamie Foster-Brown’s Sister 2 Sister and Beauty Times Korean publications.

Dr. Melanye Maclin has contributed to the former, Try It Yourself Hair and Ultimate Weaves & Hair Extensions. For those readers that may not be able to get to a dermatologist, she offers toll-free numbers to personally answer questions and suggest products from drugstore.

As a result, a fascinating buzz was stimulated within Dr. Maclin’s first year quickly branding her as the ‘over-the-counter’ expert dermatologist. She was featured on a national FOX news health segment, ABC news, Elle, Harpers Bazaar, Mademoiselle, Redbook, Health, Launch Pad, Black Elegance, Jolie by Vivica Fox, Washington Weddings and People En Espanol.

This pretty in pink Powerhouse Celebrity Dermatologist from The Steve Harvey Morning Show continues to make her mark, & her mission is beyond traditional dermatology…
Dr. Maclin’s launch into radio began in June 2007 when she was offered to be the resident
Dermatologist for the nationally syndicated radio show, ‘The Steve Harvey Morning Show’.

Her radio experience expanded in November 2007 with “The Dr. Maclin Show On Call” airing on Radio One-WOL in DC market for one year.

Dr. Melanye Maclin has been the guest Dermatologist for the nationally syndicated radio show, ‘The Russ Parr Morning Show’ and continues to be a voice on WKYS/93.9FM and WERQ/92.3 FM in DC, Maryland and Virginia markets.

To date, Dr. Maclin continues to provide ongoing research and development for hair or skin products, offer BellaNutri & BeauNutri supplements, toll-free guidance along with sharing hair and skin education for multi-media outlets.

The Superstorm Sandy 2012

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Sandy

Sandy….2012

Superstorm Sandy rage inviting calmness As the earth purges our souls Be still..
Be still..

Close eyes and minds
And voices and…breathe
Be silent listening
For direction
Reflection
Reflect on
And in the moment
Grow…move forward into Greatness…your next level awaits Seek what you have not Found…find what is missing
The piece…peace
In the midst of the
Storm…

Sandy…

Titanium Sports & Entertainment— MANROCK

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A man, his business, and his MANROCK!— Titanium Sports & Entertainment

TITANIUM ENTERTAINMENT’S CEO, G. STALEY, GREW UP ON THE SOUTHEAST SIDE OF WASHINGTON, DC IN A DEVOUT CHRISTIAN, SINGLE-PARENT HOME AFTER HIS FATHER’S DEATH.

AS THE YOUNGEST OF 5 BOYS AND 1 SISTER, AND AFTER BEING TEMPTED FROM NEIGHBORHOOD INFLUENCES ALONG WITH AN OLDER BROTHER, STALEY FOUND HIMSELF FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THOSE AROUND HIM.

AFTER ENTERING AND SPENDING YEARS IN THE STREET GAME, AND GOING TO JAIL ON A CONVICTION, THINGS BEGAN TO CHANGE.

THIS YOUNG MAN TURNED HIS ENTIRE LIFE AROUND AND IS BUILDING A BRAND OF ENTERTAINMENT AND ART UNLIKE ANY YOU’VE EVER SEEN BEFORE. EVERYTHING THAT HE HAS ACCOMPLISHED, HE ATTRIBUTES TO HIS FAITH IN GOD AND HIS CHRISTIAN WALK.

HE ALSO SAYS THAT HIS WIFE HAS BEEN EVERY BIT THE BACKBONE OF HIS SUCCESS AS SO MANY OTHER SUCCESSFUL MEN WITH COMMITTED SPOUSES.

HE’S BRINGING A STANDARD TO TitaniumSports & Entertainment THAT IS ON A WHOLE DIFFERENT LEVEL, AND WE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO SIT DOWN WITH ONE OF HIS NEWLY SIGNED ARTISTS, MANROCK.

HMM: As the CEO of Titanium Sports & Entertainment, When did you know this was what you wanted to do? What is so special about this music for you?

MR: When I heard KRS1 and the Love is Going to Get You song being performed on the Arsenio Hall. I got goose bumps. That is when I knew. Also, it was at my first talent show in Camden, NJ in front of a big crowd. Once I saw the crowd getting into my performance, that is when I knew this was what I wanted to do. Music is my way of communicating. If I’m able to paint a picture, use a metaphor and put it in a rhyme, that is what I do best and when I’m in my flow. I express myself better that way. A lot of things that I do give back to people through my music. It’s one thing when people think your song is hot and listen to it. It’s another when they feel the song to the point of compelling them to do something. I like seeing them take something from the music.

HMM: What are your thoughts about today’s rap?

MR: Today’s rap game is different. It’s more fun, a lot of colorful people, I don’t think it’s real. I believe people are pretending and lying to people. It’s not the same feeling in the music. Renting cars, clothes, jewelry… it’s not really who they are.

HMM: What makes you and/or your music different in Titanium Sports & Entertainment?

MR: Aside from my skill I have an authenticity that separates me from all the others. What I speak is going to move you and stick with you instead of something you just rock to.

HMM: What do you want others to know about you?

MR:I’m comfortable being me. I’ve overcome trying to be something everyone else wants me to be. For me to say no I don’t want to drink tonight… being comfortable with being real without caring what others thought about it. It was other people who pointed out the power behind my music to me. I’m the most successful person I know. I’m my own role model. If I spit it, I did it… I don’t need anyone to co-sign what I speak. You will never second guess it because the proof is there.

HMM: Tell me about you as a father?

MR: I am the father of 4 (3 girls, 1 boy 17 yrs. – 6 yrs.). I never disrespect women in my lyrics, and I never disrespect women in my life. I don’t talk about sex in my songs. I’m unapologetic for my story. I seek to deliver uplifting content. My children can listen to my music and sing it too. I don’t hide anything from my children. I feel confident and safe with my daughters.

HMM: What sentiments would you like to share with us?

MR: One bit of advice – Reach for the things that will make you feel comfortable in the presence of your family; things that will have you sleep well at night. Manage the industry temptations – it’s hard… putting off what you want now for what you want most. What I want most is the most supportive partner when I come home who will be there when the cameras are off. If you have someone by your side that’s tested and who’s proved themselves worthy, that’s who deserves your commitment. If a relationship doesn’t produce anything it’s not fruitful.

Herb Middleton

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Herb Middleton—You may not recognize this man at first glance; but you absolutely will recognize his music on first listen…

Dottie Jones, Lisa Scott, Bobby Brown, Big Bub, Usher, Subway, Christopher Williams, Mary J. Blige, Total feat. Biggie Smalls, Kenny Latimore,

Faith Evans, Method Man featuring Mary J. Blige, SWV, Kelly Price, Deanna Ransom, Susan Smith

4 Kast, Phyllis Hyman, Changing Faces, No Question, NAS, Melba Moore, Ann Nesby, Will Smith, Jeffrey Osborne

Jazzy Jeff feat. Raheim, Lisa McClendon, Tichina Arnold, Teddy Pendergrass, Crystal Johnson, Juliette, The U Turn Project

GRAMMY nominated producer Herb Middleton: A Music Man’s Moments of Fame & His Ministry

HERB MIDDLETON SHARES HIS MINISTRY & GIFTS

Herb Middleton may be the Producer behind the R&B hits you’ve come to love…

BUT THIS POWERHOUSE IS USING HIS MINISTRY TO GIFT MUSIC TO THE WORLD

HMM: What would you say and impart to the younger generation and of course to the young ladies from a male and father’s perspective given what you’ve come to know and learn about life as a result of being in this industry?

Herb Middleton: I would tell them number one, that they are not defined by the industry as a person. They are not defined by relationships that they could have or have had. I would let them know that when God created them He created them for perfection and He wasn’t thinking about anything they needed. Never feel incomplete by the ending of a relationship or the rejection from a man. Search deep within themselves. There are a lot of fatherless females out here in the world looking for that love, and they have to find that love within themselves. They have to love themselves first of all and don’t allow anyone to mistreat them. Don’t go by the music or the worldly deceptions that would have them in the pit.

HMM: What would you say to the men?

Herb Middleton: I would say that they are born to be leaders. To be a leader doesn’t mean you control or manipulate people, it means that you learn how to lead by example. Unfortunately, what is portrayed in the industry is far from leadership. There’s a lot of music portraying negativity as cool. There are so many without the role model of a big brother or father to show them the right way to live, to tell them to do well in school, don’t abuse women, etc. It is very important that men, especially those with their heads on straight, reach out to another brother and let him know that he was created to be a leader. And that without women we wouldn’t be there. They need to know how important women are.

I am harder on the brothers than I am on the women. It’s the hardest thing for a grown man in his 30’s, 40’s and 50’s to be something he was never taught to be; and then make it in a society where there is a whole lot of negativity being glorified through music.

The Hip Hop Era has become the new Rock, where it’s do whatever you want to do. There are so many children who are just one thought away from doing something crazy. It’s very important for those of us in leadership positions and who have seen and made money, and who have seen success in the music business to use our experience to give back to the community for change.

If people who are rich would just give back to the people, and I’m not talking just about money but even time and encouragement, there would be an impact on an entire global generation. HM: And just as an aside to the ladies no matter what their age…Before a woman gets involved with a young man, she needs to find out how he treats his mother and/or his sister. If he treats his mother like trash, they need to run. Some of the signs are right there. That’s one sign that tells you where a young man is going with his views towards the opposite sex. A man who doesn’t respect his mother, will never respect you.

HMM: In the progression of music, what would you say has changed most and how do you feel about that change? HM: I think the demand for quality and the level of creativity has changed considerably over the years. The demand for originality has brought about a major change in the music industry, which has also had its impact financially.

HMM: What do you love most about your work?
Herb Middleton: A Producer finds a gift and brings out the best in the individual. I love being able to use my gift to positively impact a generation through the ministry of music, melody, and song. I love that I get to share the love of GOD in my life with the world!

Welcome Four More Years

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ONE OF THE BEST BLACK HISTORY MOMENTS EVER— President Obama… if only those who paved the way and gave their lives could see what their blood, sweat, tears, and courage made possible.

As a post Civil Rights Era child (just barely because I was born in September of 1969), I can tell you that I still felt a sense of pride and honor for those seniors who had the opportunity to more than witness the election of President Barack Obama; they had the joy of being able to vote for him.

I cannot imagine what that must have felt like for them, especially those who were old enough to remember the Jim Crow South or better still, had childhood memories of the slave stories recollected by their relatives. When I think about how far we’ve come in so many areas such as fashion, music, and technology, it absolutely amazes me that the race card is still played as the trump more often than not. I, for one, am quite exhausted by the rhetoric of “he said, she said” when it comes to the democratic and republican parties’ need to be right, the one with the most marbles, and the declared winner who takes all. Maybe one day we will elect more representatives who will meet us where we need them to, instead of where they suppose.

I am absolutely overjoyed at our President’s accomplishments and I hate to say, “I told you so”, but I knew he would win.

I also know that these next 4 years are going to bring a savor and flavor that will surely balance the scales between the have’s and the have not’s once and for all… well at least I hope so. Either way, I am glad my President is Black, and more than that I am glad he is SMART. Congratulations President Obama, I’m so glad you get to stay awhile longer!

FUN FACTS ABOUT ANOTHER

PRESIDENT WITH A “DROP” of BLACK BLOOD Abraham Lincoln: “What other facts about his ancestry that he is not known for is there are written publications that described Lincoln as very dark skinned and that he had coarse hair. He was known to have had a mother of “Ethiopian” ancestry and a father that was also of African decent but was not there during his childhood to raise him. During the times that he was president, there are also many cartoons that depicted Lincoln as a stereotypical “black man” and gave him racial nick names.” – Source http://www.squidoo.com/

By: Stefany J.

Words From the CEO of Hussle Mama

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Everyone asked me why I didn’t contribute to the launch issue of the publication and write as most editors of magazines do.

The truth is I never thought about writing a piece because I believed the entire publication to be indicative and quite representing my ‘voice’ and heart’s sentiments. Now, however, I do see the value in being a bit more transparent and less assuming about what others see, read, and come to know about me, the Hustle Mama, my life, and this movement at large.

WHY HUSTLE MAMA?

Realizing that initially when hearing the name Hustle Mama, some may immediately think pessimistically and degradingly about its attributes and inferences.

I love the fact that I am able to have an opportunity to influence public perceptions and opinions about simple words and shift the paradigm from negative to positive when it’s heard and used.

I believe that it means even more to me because as a woman of African-American, Native American, and European descent, and my identification as a Black Woman and “Other” when I’m specifically asked – also comes with a TITLE that makes me subject to public opinions, thoughts, and societal judgments much like the name HUSTLE MAMA.

Personally, I feel that in some small way if my goal to have women of every race, income bracket, religion, creed, ethnicity, demographic and geographic residence adopt this term that embodies so much in power, character, mindset, and influence then there is actually hope for us as minorities, as mixed-races, and as individuals.

If an entire nation can end up adopting a loving and embracing emotional trigger when the name Hustle Mama is referenced instead of a skeptical one, then that means we have the ability to do the very same for any and every term that has bred negativity in their connotation simply because of the attributes we’ve subscribed to and ascribed to when using them.

Hustle Mama is not about being a mother or even having children of your own.

It’s not about being a boss or the boss in your workplace. It’s not about being controlling or in control of all things. Hustle Mama is not about what you have or what you’ll do. It’s more about what you ascribe to in principle and deed.

Being a Hustle Mama extends far beyond a mindset or frame of reference. It’s the art of being the best you possible for yourself and those who become a part of your world either temporarily or permanently.

A Hustle Mama is a woman about so many things, going through just about everything, and dreaming anything is possible while knowing deep down she’s capable of all things. In a Hustle Mama’s world, the opportunities are endless and her ability to flow with the move of the

The universe is a given!

THIS SEASON’S INTENTION: LIFE ON PURPOSE!

My life’s work is about showing the world the reflection of the best parts of itself by reminding them of the everyday people who are already WONDERFUL and in my eyes quite FAMOUS for just being who they are and who they were always meant to be.

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