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Hey everybody, if your ever in Htown, Tx please support my homegirl Nicole Hudson's Conscious Cafe

Posted by ARW747 on October 14, 2012 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Vegetarian/Vegan cafe locate at 2612 Scott Street Houston, TX 77004

Number:(713) 658-9191

Business hours: Sunday & Monday- Closed

Tuesday & Saturday- 9am-7pm

Parking- Well, right now due to the dreadful Metro construction, just talk to Nicole of where to park. Enjoy.

c2consciouscafe.net

Peace.

Book Review: Be Careful What You Pray For by Kimberla Lawson Roby

Posted by ABAgail Dunn on January 10, 2012 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Reading is important and there are more and more Black authors sharing their stories with the world. The myriad of topics they choose to discuss never cease to amaze me, though I have been disappointed with many of the books I have read, feeling that they feed into an unspoken and faulty stereotype, which does little to educate and uplift our people. My opinion, however, is not one that all of us must read and adhere to.

For a brief and rather uneventful period of time, I fancied myself the leader of a book club based out of California that I thought would have success here in Arizona. I was soon forced to think otherwise when I, failing to set up an appointment for the next meeting and refusing to respond to the “organizer’s” imaginary phone calls, was kicked to the curb. No matter, as it isn’t as if I don’t have enough to do as a full time medical student and aspiring belly dancer. As you might have noticed, this is the first time in about three months that I have updated my own website; so the fact that I was impeached from leadership of a book club that I had suggested be spread around the country annoyed me for all of a day or two, then I was back to my normal self. J

I will be giving a miniature synopsis of this book, accompanied with a video.

The book that the majority of the members had chosen to read is entitled Be Careful What You Wish For and was penned by Kimberla Lawson Roby. The book was a New York Times Bestseller and is the story of young Alicia Black who is a twenty three year old aspiring author and daughter of Reverend Curtis Black. The woman has been married and recently divorced and is ready to jump back into the marriage game with a man ten years older than her, by the name JT Valentine.

The book, according to one of the members of the group, and apparently most people who have read it, is a “page-turner” and “full of excitement.” As I have intimated before, my opinion is merely and opinion; take me seriously at your own risk. J

Be Careful What You Wish For is a very well written book with a storyline full of mystery, treachery, with a smidgeon of gossip; it is a great book when one’s life is perfect and one finds it entertaining to judge the lives of others. I must say that I found the book a bit sad, in that the second man that Alicia married had sex with many other women on a constant basis without her knowledge. Her father, who too was rather promiscuous at one point in his life, begged his child not to marry this man; she of course did not heed his word. Meanwhile, J. T. Valentine lies to his wife on a regular basis, whispering words of love and claiming to be attending prayer meetings when in actuality, he is having wild sex with myriads of women both older and younger than he.

I think my biggest issue with this book and others like them is that it describes a problem in a rather Hollywoodesque manner and provides no real solution. At the end of the story, what will you do besides shake your head and say, “Poor thing. Why didn’t she listen to her father?” We all know that many pastors cheat on their wives, sometimes with members of both genders, so why is it necessary to keep saying it and even to glamorize it? The man is putting all of these women at risk for venereal diseases, while simultaneously claiming to be a pious individual and taking money from the hard working members of his congregation that are blindly believing his every word. There are so many things wrong with a person with the type of values that J.T Valentine and people like him hold dear, but the question is, what will we do about them? Why do people continue to follow them around as if the words they are saying actually have merit? Why and will we ever stop?

Here is my video response!!

Reading is Fundamental

Posted by ABAgail Dunn on January 4, 2012 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (0)

 

It is not easy to teach someone to read, but it is important. Being unable to read has proven dangerous for our people. This week, I want to talk about inspiring our children to read more.

There are many children’s books with African American themes and pictures. They are not hard to find when one goes to the library.

When you are able to, take your child to the library. Let them explore the books around them and instill in them the importance of reading.

Read to your child when you have time. Have your child read to you. Reading aloud is very important in determining if a child is pronouncing the words correctly. It helps in allowing children to become better and more confident speakers.

It also helps for children to see their parents, or older people in their lives reading.

Self-Publishing

Posted by ABAgail Dunn on September 21, 2011 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Playing by the rules is not something that I am always fond of, at least when it comes to waiting for someone else to approve of what I am doing. Do you want to be a model? Do you want to be on a dance team? Do you want to be an author?

Do it yourself!

These days, research is made that much easier with the internet. Have a little faith in yourself and you just may surprise yourself!

If you have been sending your book to countless publishing companies and are tired of it, stop it! Go to the library and get some books on self-publishing.

Edit your work and make it into an e-book. When I say ‘edit’, I mean take some hours and just sit with your work, reading it, tweaking it. Reading the work a loud is always good, as well, even if you are only reading to yourself.

Making your book into a PDF is very easy. This is the way that I have packaged my two gems, which are available in my webstore. Make sure to put the copyright at the bottom of the page.

I am still looking for ways to market my book, as I advertise, but seemingly to no avail. If anyone has any advice for me on that, let me know! Check out my video!!

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The Importance of Exercise

Posted by ABAgail Dunn on September 14, 2011 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (0)

These past few weeks may have seemed like a deluge of articles focused entirely on women, which I admit was on purpose. I’m a woman! What do you expect?


No, on a more serious note, my articles are for everyone, as we all need to know about each other. After all, our community is not exactly suffering from an abundance of knowledge.


Exercise is beneficial for all of us, but the vast majority of us do not seem to be getting enough of it. There are countless fun ways to remain active, including dancing. I love belly dance, as I often say, and there are many other forms of dance out there that can get one into shape in what seems to be a short amount of time.


As I mentioned last week, exercise is one way to rid oneself of those torturous menstrual cramps. Other benefits include maintaining a slender and wonderful figure. As well, I find that my skin is a lot clearer when I work out on a regular basis. A greater amount of energy for day to day living is never something that one can frown upon, and that, too, is a benefit of working out on a regular basis.


Many do not realize this, but there is a more to youtube than my great hair videos, people complaining, and foolish theories about the Illuminati. Yes, even besides the great music, there are people instructing you on the basics of Yoga and Dance, two excellent forms of exercise. Have you checked at your local library? I discovered the wonders of Yoga through a DVD I found at a library in Atlanta. One of my favorite dancers, Rachel Brice, has an incredible DVD with Yoga and Belly dance instruction that I used in the morning before going to work after an invigorating run. I bought it off Amazon.com for a mere ten dollars.


Don’t have time to work out? Cut your facebook time or television time in half and work out instead. Work out in front of the television. Go to bed early so that you can get up in the morning and work out before work. Do you have children? Work out with them! Children have great caches of energy and love to think they’re “helping” mommy or daddy; enlist their help!


In need of help with weight loss? Ask me how you can both lose weight and make money at the same time.  This time, I have two wonderful videos for you: Ten Reasons to Get Fit and Stay that Way and Five Ways to Get Fit for Free.

 

 

 

 

 

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How to Prevent Menstrual Cramps

Posted by ABAgail Dunn on September 7, 2011 at 12:10 AM Comments comments (2)

The word menstruation is accompanied by so much stigma and negativity. It is viewed as something that should be whispered about, and only among women at that.

In regards to the stigma, I believe that this is rather archaic. It’s time that we view this process as what it is: a sign of great health, and therefore something to be celebrated, not viewed with disdain. I believe that the negative thoughts accompanying menstruation contributes to much of the pain women experience during menstruation. When a girl grows up hearing of the horrors about menstruation, horrors that are often fiction, she will have no choice, except to experience pain when the time comes for her to begin menstruating.

It’s time we all made a choice to be educated. This article is suitable for everyone, including, but not limited to men. Men, as well as all other human beings, came from a woman’s body. Everyone is aware of the fact that in order for human beings to procreate, sexual intercourse must occur and an egg must be fertilized by the sperm. If men and women can have sex, share each other’s bodies and intimate space, both parties should know about the intricacies of how the other’s body operates.

There are many causes that contribute to menstrual pain. One of the biggest ones, no pun intended, is obesity. This issue of obesity is one that has imprisoned the entire country, as we not only eat in excess, but we also eat the wrong types of foods and refuse to exercise on a regular basis.

Many of us believe that we cannot exercise during our menstrual cycle, but have no legitimate reason as to why we cannot. Try this: begin exercising on a regular basis at the beginning of the next month, meaning September. I have no doubt that you will feel better.

According to medscape.com, alcohol consumption is tied to menstrual pain, as well. There are myths concerning the health benefits of drinking alcohol, none of which I believe, I must admit.

Ridding oneself of monthly pains is easier than one may think. It may not be easy to change one’s lifestyle overnight, but it is possible to attempt to make little changes over time. Calcium and magnesium are essential nutrients for women that we often lack, thus contributing to menstrual pain. Foods that are high in calcium include leafy greens, broccoli, almonds and brown sugar. Those high in magnesium are bananas, kale, leafy greens, and cashews.

Are you seeing a pattern here?

Magnesium and calcium should be taken in a two to one ratio, according to some sources, but what we often fail to realize is that we are not all the same person. Do your research and find out what helps you and what doesn’t.

Drinking lots of water is very important, as well. It is said that water retention causes menstrual pain; if we drink enough water on a regular basis, our body will not lack water, and therefore will not have a need to retain it in order to keep itself hydrated.

As always, contact me if you are in need of more information. Check out my accompanying video!

Why Black Women Have Such Bad Attitudes

Posted by ABAgail Dunn on August 31, 2011 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (2)

I have been told more than once, in so many words, that I have a bad attitude. To be honest, this statement was more of a generalization. It was more or less shouted and phrased, “That’s the problem with y’all Black women today; y’all have such bad attitudes!”

Just before this, the man that had announced such “wise” information, had just sent a cat call in my direction, so in my opinion, I had reason to have an “attitude” at this time.

I don’t think people understand how other people work at times. If someone expresses distaste for the way in which you are “complimenting” them—as this is what this man claimed the strange noise he was making towards me was— just stop and apologize. It seems as if some of us are being blamed for our preferences. We don’t like it when noises are made towards us, as human beings claim to be of higher intelligence than instinct animals; animals grunt, snort, bark, and growl in the direction of each other and their female counterparts take heed to this. Women should not be made to feel that they are wrong because they want to be acknowledged in a language that they can speak and understand!

I have been barked at. I am not sure what the purpose of this was, but I used many profane words in the direction of the person who thought this was suitable and I don’t think they will ever bark at another woman again. I did not do this because I am a Black woman, necessarily, but I did it as a person who felt disrespected. Who barks at someone and means it as a compliment?

I can never speak for my entire race or gender, but I do know that I, as a Black woman, and a rather small one at that, do not innately have a problem with my attitude simply because I have an abundance of melanin and estrogen. I do, however, have a low tolerance for stupidity, as do many people because I have heard them admit this! :D

I roll my eyes very often; it’s just something that I do. Dare I say it: people should be grateful for such body language as it may alert you to the mood that they are in, Black, female, or otherwise.

Aggressive is a term often used in reference to Black women. How can we be so aggressive, at least in an effective sense, when our ancestors were taken from our homeland and we weren’t able to revolt? Or maybe those Black women were not aggressive, but now there is a new breed that is, the type that forces people to make noises at her so that she may yell and curse at them at the top of her lungs.

That is not only aggressive; it’s also psychotic, and not true. No one does this.

It puzzles me when this is said about Black women, as if we are so much more prone to beat someone for no reason than women of any other race. Also, I personally don’t like being compared to everyone else; I wonder how everyone else feels about this, but that is what this generalization is doing. It is boldly making the claim that all Black women have awful attitudes and are difficult to deal with.

Living in the state of Texas, I know that this is not true. I have had confrontations with people of countless nationalities and of both genders.

In addition, Black women did not create the concept of racism, though we have been victims of it. This statement—“All y’all Black women have such bad attitudes” — just shows that times haven’t changed all that much.

I have never heard of an openly racist person, say a member of the Ku Klux Klan, being referred to as one with a bad attitude, despite the havoc they have wreaked and the brutality they have orchestrated. This group yet exists, yet I have never heard them referred to as “angry” or even “aggressive.” Problem? That’s an understatement!

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How to Start Your Own Business with Less Than One Hundred Dollars

Posted by ABAgail Dunn on August 23, 2011 at 11:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Did you read that title? Does it scare you? Does it inspire you? I would hope that you are ready to take a chance on your own ingenuity.

I am an entrepreneur and plan to be so for the rest of my life. I try to encourage others to do the same and it is fair easier than one may assume.

This title was not just something cute to get your attention; there is actually more than one LEGAL way to start your own business with far less than one hundred dollars. I will describe one here and I encourage you to contact me about it.

I have recently expanded my business by becoming a member of Melalueca, The Wellness Company. This is a business which offers a huge supply of green products including laundry detergent, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, and herbal teas. I have never seen another company make such a huge effort to take care of the environment, as well as the health of the consumers.

The company also offers multivitamins for the whole family; once one becomes a member of Melalueca, The Wellness Company, one can get these products at a discounted price. There are products for weight loss, diabetes, arthritis, and ADD.

“But, how can I make money doing this?”, you are most like shouting by now.

When one becomes a member, which simply constitutes paying a $29 membership fee and switching from Walmart to Melaleuca, The Wellness Company, one is paid to recommend other people to the company!

Does this happen when you go to Target and tell your friends about the great deal you found on crackers for the children? No, this does not occur; you are not paid for such a recommendation and in my opinion, the crackers from Melaleuca are far better!

Personally, I am in love with the products. The shampoo and conditioner are great for my hair; the tea is delicious and has many health benefits! The cleaning products are so potent and since they must be diluted to be used, they last far longer than their store bought counterparts.

Check out this video where I review some of my favorite Melalueca products!

Contact me about this business endeavor