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Pretty Hurts featuring Michelle Williams

Falling Black in Love week at Florida A&M University has been a week of awe-inspiring motivational speakers, hot button issues and a call on our community to address the realities we face everyday through open discussions.

(Read: Full week of events ihearthatgirl.com)

Described by Eric Troy Wright Jr., organizer of this fundraiser and two time graduate of FAMU as,

“A movement committed to paying both respect and homage to the incredible feats, accomplishments, and achievements of the African American community from around the world. In a time when the image of Black men, women, and youth have been both distorted and misrepresented, It is vital that people of color be affirmed in who they are.

(Help Support the Movement http://www.gofundme.com/78g6b8)

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Arian Simone hosted the Does Pretty Hurt event as apart of her FEARLESS Disccusions movement featuring an all-star panel of FAMU alumni, make-Up artist Siteria Gregory, former Miss FAMU and beauty consultant Aisha Everett and one former professor, psychology expert, and editor of FEARLESS Jenay Sermon. But what really set off this panel off was the surprise feature guest of the night, who took the place of Tika Sumpter, Ms. Michelle Williams.

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 The panel discussion, which included plenty of audience, feed back featured topics like, colorism, cosmetic surgery, size, self-worth, and what we define as beauty. The overall message and name of the discussion coming from the lyrics of Beyonće’s popular song “Pretty Hurts,”

“Pretty hurts, we shine the light on whatever’s worst, we try to fix something but you can’t fix what you can’t see it’s the soul that needs the surgery”

(Read 12 opinions on Body Transformation on TypicalVixen.Com)

Students as well as panelist shared their views, and the general consensus became, that we all define our beauty, and what matters most is what your inner beauty reflects.

Araian Simone does a great job of facilitating discussion rather than debate, encouraging diversity and unity and reminding us all that as black men and women we must stand together.

The feature guest 3 time Grammy award winning artist Michelle Williams was surprised that colorism was still an prevalent issue, as young women shared their stories of racial bias on campus from black men, bringing up terms such as #TeamLightSkin vs. #TeamDarkskin to her attention for the first time.

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Michelle also chimed in on another hot topic natural hair, which was led by an all-natural panel, speaking about wearing lace fronts during her time on Broadway, which she says the lace wigs were originally made, the importance of proper removal, and how she lost a job opportunity because of her trying out a natural look recalling,

“I came in with my natural hair, my curls were laid and it was really cute, I was really feeling myself, and the guy was like, ‘We were expecting the girl from Destiny’s Child’ and I was just so mad like seriously?”                                        

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(Read: Actress and singer Countess Vaughn reveals how wearing a lace front wig caused her to develop a severe scalp infection)

This also sparked an interesting discussions about the reasons black women perm their hair and how it relates to the love of your African roots. Some calling the natural hair movement a trend, others happy it has become more acceptable, despite criticism of natural styles being considered unprofessional, most recently by the U.S. Army, as demonstrated at the Pretty Hurts photo shoot by Ferissa Connel, who also spoke about her experience during the discussion.     

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“I think it’s sad that I might miss out on certain opportunities because of my hair, we have to stand up for ourselves in order for these new implementations to stop.”

Overall I do believe the mission Arian opened with was obtained stating,

“You will leave this discussion knowing that you were designed on purpose and for a purpose, having a greater appreciation for your unique self and understanding of your self worth, and with more confidence in who you are and how you look right now.”

Arian ended with an inspirational message of how she rose to became a celebrity publicist after at a time when she was broke, homeless, and snuck into the 2004 BET Awards, after losing her job just one month after moving to LA.

 “I learned how to dance in the rain. You never let your situation or circumstances dictate your feelings, even when all this stuff was going on in my life…It doesn’t matter what’s going on, you decide your emotions, and you can choose to be happy everyday.” As she smiles and leaves us with her iconic laugh.

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(Read more about Arian Simon, and the FEARLESS Movement at ArianSimone.Com)

(Read more stories like this in the NEW Spring edition of Natura Magazine)

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New music from Prince

 

New music from the purple one featuring Zooey Deschanel. Prince we love the fro!prince-essence-music-festival3Check out the track here:

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REMIX-This Is How Beyonce’s Drunk In Love Would Sound In The 1940′s

Posted by: Adam Danyal

Scott Bradlee is back with another great vintage cover. This time taking Beyonce’s hit single ‘Drunk In Love’ back in time to the 1940′s with singer Cristina Gatti.

Cristina’s great voice and the big band definitely makes this unique cover totally different from the original. Right in the middle, it feels like something is missing then that sax hits. Amazing.

What do you think?

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Beyonce’ Releases Visual To “Drunk In Love” ft. Jay Z!

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“I’ve been drinking, I’ve been drinking. I get filthy when that liquor get into me.”

Last week, Queen Bey shocked the world with the release of her self-entitled album “Beyonce” with exclusive must-see videos.  Not only did she break iTunes’ record of downloads, by selling 617,000 copies in just three days, but she did it without any prior promotion.

That woman is a genius!

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In the video “Drunk In Love”, Beyonce turns up the sexy to an all time high level.  She gives viewers that fierceness, while also showing that she has a little thug in her.  The video is a classic visual produced by Hype Williams on the beach, and although there isn’t any structured choreography, she gives sensual passion in all of her moves.

If you thought “Crazy In Love” was IT!! You haven’t seen anything yet! The chemistry between Jay and Bey in this video is insane, and that combined with the lyrics just makes you want to be “Drunk In Love”.

But I don’t want to give away too much ! Check the video and let me know what you think.

Xoxo

Naturalia

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Beyoncé drops new secret album at midnight. Have you heard it yet?

Via  NPR

Beyonce has released her new album in an unconventional way: She announced and dropped it on the same day.

The singer released “Beyonce” exclusively on iTunes early Friday. She mirrors how Jay Z released “Magna Carta Holy Grail” earlier this year — through a deal with Samsung where he gave the album to 1 million users of Galaxy mobile phones days before its official release.

Beyonce’s fifth effort features 14 songs and 17 videos. Jay Z, Drake and Frank Ocean make guest appearances on the album, while the closing track, “Blue,” features her daughter Blue Ivy. Justin Timberlake co-wrote the songs “Rocket” and “Partition,” and Pharrell, Timbaland, Ryan Tedder, Miguel and Sia also co-wrote tracks.

Beyoncé:

“I didn’t want to release my music the way I’ve done it,” she said in a statement. “I am bored with that. I feel like I am able to speak directly to my fans. There’s so much that gets between the music, the artist and the fans. I felt like I didn’t want anybody to give the message when my record is coming out. I just want this to come out when it’s ready and from me to my fans.”

Beyonce’s last album was “4,” released in 2011. It reached platinum success. “Beyonce” will be available in stores “in time for the holidays,” her representative said.

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Tamar Braxton Releases Two New Videos Off Her Album “Love & War” !!

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YASSSSSSSS! SHE DID THAT (in my Tamar Braxton voice)!!!

Tamar stopped by 106 & Park yesterday and premiered two new singles “All The Way Home” and “She Can Have You”, off her debut album Love & War. I must say the videos are Hot, Hot, Hot !!!!

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Natura New Video Alert: Sevyn Streeter ft. Chris Brown + Janelle Monae ft. Miguel

Via KarenCivil

Sevyn sizzles on the beach with Chris Brown for the visual treatment to new single “It Won’t Stop.” While dancing in the sand in an all-white ensemble, the Florida-born songbird frolics about with her on-screen love interest, played by Dorell Wright, in the Breezy-directed clip. Sevyn will be opening for K. Michelle on her Rebellious Soul tour. Also, keep your eyes peeled for her new EP Call Me Crazy, But.. dropping Nov 5. – Shanae Hatchett.

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Natura New Music Alert: Ron Isley ft. Trey Songz ” Lay You Down”

 

Via NecoleBitchie

Old school collides with new school on Ron Isley’s upcoming love-making single, “Lay You Down” featuring Trey Songz. On the soulful track, which appears on Ron Isley’s newly released album This Song Is For You, the two fellas voices mesh perfectly as they persuade the woman they are in love with to take their love a little further in the bedroom.

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Eddie Murphy and Snoop hook up to do a track! Check it out Ya’ll

Eddie Murphy hooked up with Snoop Lion to do a track called “Red Light” Check it out Ya’ll!