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    Written by Mike Orie of TheConsciousTip.com

    Charles Barkley announces both a $1 million donation to two historically Black colleges, Clark Atlanta University and Alabama A&M University.


    NBA Hall of Famer and co-host of "Inside The NBA" Charles Barkley announced on Tuesday that he would make the donation. The news broke while in his hometown of Birmingham, Alabama on sports station WJOX-FM 94.5. Barkley made the donation in support of Giving Tuesday.

    "We are delighted to receive this generous gift from Mr. Barkley," said Clark Atlanta President Ronald A. Johnson. "This gift reflect Barkley's tremendous heart and his desire to make a significant, positive, and lasting difference in the lives of others. It is a testament to the important of the transformative impact of CAU on its students, surrounding community, the nation and beyond."

    In 2015, Barkley made a similar donation to both Morehouse College and his alma mater Auburn University.


    What are your thoughts on Barkley's donation to HBCU's? 
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    Mike "Orie" Mosley is a freelance writer/photographer and cultural advocate from St. Louis. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Arts, Entertainment & Media Management from Columbia College Chicago and a Masters in Higher Education Administration from LSU. He is also the co-founder of music and culture website www.theconscioustip.com. In his spare time, he's probably listening to hip hop & neo soul music, hitting up brunch or caught up in deep conversations about Black music. You can follow him on Twitter @mike_orie or on Instagram @mikeorie

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  • 11/30/16--03:20: Third Trimester.

  • So not only is my Krispy Kreme delivery 20 minutes late, but they called to say they're out of the original glaze.  Didn't even clown.

    In other news, Gia got her henna popping too! #HennaSooq



    Can't tell her nothin'.



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    IG: @naturallyelite_ writes:

    I wanted to show you guys a creative hairstyle for the holidays. It's super simple and with added accessories for character, you'll be good to go!

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    by Sabrina of SeriouslyNatural.org

    Hair typing is the easy way to determine what type of curls you have. Although it is obvious enough that natural hair varies in texture, hair typing is a system that makes it easy to point out what category your strands fall in. Hair typing is a big thing in natural hair and while the verdict is out on whether it truly figures it all out for you, many still subscribe to it in aiding in hair product purchases and how to care for one's own curls.

    Continue!>>>


    There is more than just one hair typing system and while many may favor one over all the others, all bring some very vital information to the table. I've listed a few that you should get to know and you can then figure out which best suits your hair's needs.

    Andre Walker Hair Typing System
    Photo courtesy of Andrewalkerhair.com

    In his book, Andre Talks Hair!, Andre Walker divides hair into these categories: type 1- straight hair, type 2- wavy hair, type 3- curly hair and type 4- kinky hair. Each of these categories also have sub-categories that divide them into different segments depending on texture and curl pattern. This is probably the most popular hair typing system that most naturals gravitate to.

    Photo courtesy of Naturallycurly.com

    This is Naturallycurly.com's adaptation of the Andre Walker method and many are very familiar with this and find it quite helpful.

    LOIS Hair Typing System

    This typing system determines hair type depending on its pattern, strand size and texture. If your hair falls in right angles with no obvious curve, it is considered an L. If your hair forms tight curls resembling an O, it is considered as O. If your hair has no bend and lies flat on the head, it is considered an I. If your hair has S shaped curls, it is considered an S.

    You can find out more about hair typing (and the rest of this article) on my other blog Natural Hair For Beginners.

    Sabrina

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    You’ve watched the tutorial twice from start to finish, then you start the mission on your hair but it doesn’t seem to come out exactly like your fav YouTuber. We have all been there, trying to calculate the steps we might have missed! Braid-outs can be challenging, especially for kinkier hair types so I am going to share with you some of my tips to get a super defined braid out.

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    1. Start on wet/damp hair- When our hair is wet and free from product our natural curl pattern is seen. This then makes it easier for our hair to adapt a curl pattern from the braid.

    2. Detangle – I typically detangle my hair in the shower whilst washing it, which is way easier. If wash-day terrifies you, try a co-wash instead it cuts the time down in half!

    3. Find your holy grail products- Finding the right type of gel or custard that works on your hair is probably the most crucial. You can find the products I use here!


    4. Braid from the roots- To have a consistent curl from root to tip you must start your braid from the root. If you’re not the best braider you can add a hair clip at the root, then start braiding.

    5. Small sections- this does depend on the type of curl you want to achieve, but to get more definition small braids are the way to go!

    6. Leave hair to dry- I typically must leave my hair for a day or two so that it is completely dry otherwise it would quickly turn into a frizzy puff thing.

    What are your tricks for your best braid out?


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  • 12/04/16--08:37: Womb Peepers

  • Hola Chicas!

    So in lieu of a typical baby shower with cute games and gifts, we opted for the ultimate over-sharing experience-- in-home womb peeping!

    We made last minute plans to fly home, invited 25 of our closest fam and friends to my mom and dad's house in Ferguson, MO and surprised them with a private 3D ultrasound sesh!

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    Just prior to our arrival, I called the best ultrasound boutique in the St. Louis area, Ultrasona, and asked if they'd be willing to come out and bring their equipment.  The co-owners Michelle and Tammy were super sweet and gladly helped make my dream a reality.  It was a day I'll never forget, and a really special one for my long distance aunties and cousins who finally got to share in this special time with us.

    And as always, HUGE thanks to Momma and Aunt Toney for planning the dopest Labor Luncheon there ever was!

    Peep the view--

     Ultrasona surprised me with a chocolate covered strawberry delivery the morning of the 'Labor Luncheon'! 

    After everyone arrived and Michelle and Tammy set up, I hopped in my parent's bed and the womb peeping commenced!  


    That's my Godmother (in the white), my bestie, Yasmira (also preggers!!!), my dad (his head got cut off, lol-- he was grinning from ear to ear, tho!) and my glamorous mother-in-law (with the scarf)!

    Boogie's reactions were the best!  She was counting all of his fingers and toes! 

    Everyone is looking at my parent's flatscreen -- they hooked the ultrasound machine up to it (via HDMI cable) so everyone could see Baby Boy Walton on the big screen! 


     He hid behind the cord and his hands for quite sometime, but in this image, he opened his eyes!


    #Cheeks 


    My nose, Dr. Daddy's mouth! LOVE!

     He was so done with us! 



    After we wrapped it up, Tammy and Michelle, made me a DVD of him yawning, stretching, smiling, frowning and trying to eat his fingers! They also provided me with like 100 printouts and a disc with all of the 3d images.  Finally, they gave me a keep-sake heart that plays his heartbeat! 


    my sister-in-law, Aunt Joan and Aunt Toney!


    That's Aunt Pat in the back and Momma with the GRAY! My ladies! 


     Dr. Daddy, Harold and Pj!

    If you're in the St. Louis area and expecting or know someone who is, definitely give Ultrasona a call and treat yourself to a once in a lifetime experience!

    Who would you invite to take a look inside of your womb?! 

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    by Tiffani Greenaway of MyMommyVents.com

    Walk into your local beauty supply store, and you'll find tons of products that promise longer, stronger, healthier hair. From castor to monoi oil, cleansing conditioners to conditioning repair creams, the choices are endless. But as you scrutinize the labels looking for parabens and cones, you may still be damaging your hair--and much more.

    Do you know what's really in your products? "All natural" might not always mean what you think. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) analyzed over 1,000 products marketed to black women--and found that 1 in 12 contained chemicals that can be hazardous to your health.

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    You know the dangers of relaxers and texturizers--ingredients like lye and sodium hydroxide can have lasting effects--baldness, growths in the uterus, and premature birth and low birth weight in pregnant women. Sales of relaxers have dropped almost 40% in the last eight years as women transition, big chop, and begin embracing their natural curls. And while relaxer sales have dipped, more and more "natural" hair products are making an appearance on store shelves. The sales of shampoos, conditioners, and styling products marketed to maintaining our natural kinks, curls, and waves have gone up by 27%.

    But just because it's marketed to women with natural hair, that doesn't mean the ingredients in your favorite curl creme are all natural. The EWGs' report found that many of the gels, lotions, and butters we product junkies stock up on contain parabens, estrogen, and hormone disruptors like resorcinol.

    Black people make up about 13% of the U.S. population, but black dollars account for 22% of the $42 billion spent on personal care products each year. That means that we buy and use more potentially harmful products--products that can result in allergies, tumors, diminished fertility, and even skin cancer.

    The next time you stock up on edge control, look on the label for:

    Parabens. Exposure to methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben, isopropylparaben have been associated with diminished fertility, lowered thyroid hormone levels, and other reproductive problems.

    Retinyl palmitate. Government tests show that this antioxidant ingredient can cause the growth of skin tumors and lesions on sun-exposed skin--and it isn't just in your hair products. The EWG's report found that almost 2/3rds of concealers and more than 30% of foundations marketed to Black women contained retinyl palmitate.

    Formaldehyde-releasing preservatives. Formaldehyde-releasing preservatives are ingredients meant to preserve cosmetics by releasing small amounts of formaldehyde over time. The concentration of formaldehyde released is small, but it's a strong skin sensitizer and allergen. It's also used in funeral homes.

    Methylisothiazolinone. The use of this potent allergen and sensitizer has been restricted in Europe, Canada and Japan, but the EWG found it in 118 of the products it tested.

    Fragrance . The EWG warns that "fragrance" can mean anything--it isn't one specific ingredient, “but a mixture of unknown chemicals hidden by a vague, umbrella term. “Fragrance” can encompass any number of more than 3,000 ingredients, all of which are kept hidden from the public."

    Some fragrance mixtures include ingredients linked to hormone disruption, skin sensitizers, and allergens.

    Before you go to the beauty supply store, check EWG's Skin Deep® database. Its "Hair Products for Black Women" catergory features more than 500 products that don't contain hazardous or questionable ingredients. Shop safe.

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    Tiffani Greenway is the wife and mom behind MyMommyVents, a New York city parenting blog. Her tips have been seen on Yahoo Parenting, Mommy Noire, and Fit Pregnancy. Find more of Tiffani's work at mymommyvents.com.


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    by Kanisha Parks of Shessaved.com

    My hair knows when the weather changes, and it has definitely responded accordingly. I kid you not, it seems like I’ve been fighting dryness since the first day temps started dropping, and finding a remedy has proved difficult.

    Recently, I decided that maybe the answer lies in my deep conditioning routine. Typically, I deep condition weekly and usually just grab anything that’s on the shelf, maybe adding a little oil every now and then so that it’ll penetrate even better. That worked well before, but with the change in weather, my hair hasn’t been satisfied at all.

    So this month, I decided to try something different with my deep conditioner, which has really helped my hair make a complete turnaround. My hair has been able to retain moisture successfully throughout the week and on wash day, I’ve had little to no shedding.

    Plus, MahoganyCurls motivated me to go the next year without heat. So I’m doing *everything* I can to prevent breakage and retain length. This means paying special attention to my ends.

    If you’ve been combating dryness this season, give this super quick + easy DIY a try. I guarantee you will not be disappointed!

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    INTENSIVE AVOCADO + HONEY HYDRATING HAIR MASK
    YOU’LL NEED:

    -8 avocadoes
    -1/2 cup of olive oil
    -1/4 cup of honey
    -1/2 cup of conditioner- SheaMoisture’s Manuka Honey and Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration -Conditioner

    Adding an intensive conditioner to this mix really makes a difference. I specifically chose this conditioner because the ingredients- honey, shea butter, and restorative oils- complemented the other components of my avocado mask. Not only did this conditioner stretch the treatment but it made it penetrate my hair even better.

    All you do is cut the avocadoes open, peel the insides out with a spoon and put them in a bowl with the rest of your ingredients. Blend until smooth and you’re all set!

    ♦ ♦ ♦


    I started with 3 day old hair that had been in a bun for the beginning of the week. I simply washed my hair with Jirano’s Coconut Shampoo and applied the mask immediately afterwards.

    While I applied, I noticed that my hair sucked up the mask like it was an avocado smoothie! I then put on a shower cap and my microwaveable conditioning cap for about 25 minutes.


    On the left is my hair immediately after applying the mask and on the right is after I finished deep conditioning.

    When I took the cap off to detangle, my curls were hydrated, bouncy, and clumped to capacity. It took me no time at all and very little effort to detangle my super kinky/coily type 4 curls, which is always a sign of success. My hair responded so well to this mask that I will probably use it every wash day this season. I also used it on my cousin’s hair and it had her curls super moisturized and bouncing, too!

    If you’ve been struggling with any dryness as the weather changes, try giving this mask a go and let me know!


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    Kanisha is a Christian writer, author, and founder of ShesSaved.com, where she blogs about faith, natural hair, and more. Find her on Instagram @shessaved or for business inquiries, email contact@shessaved.com.

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    Instagram: @naturallyelite_

    This is the perfect look for the holidays! Watch as NaturallyElite shows you how to achieve a curly bang and top knot on your natural hair!

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    Zara writes:

    Here is a vid demonstrating how I slay this super easy closure wig. I needed a cute protective style that would take little effort to accomplish and also cause no tension. This natural hair texture wig was the answer! Perfect for every hair type and takes less than 2 hours to complete!



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    by Toia B. of LuvToBNatural.com

    I first created this super easy high bun for my maternity photo shoot, inspired by a style I saw on the beautiful Cassandra Beccai. Since then, it has easily become one of my go-to styles and the one I get the most compliments on. Today, I’m SO excited to finally share this high bun tutorial with you!s

    I’ve worn this high bun at least three times for the year including back in July for the NY Natural Hair Expo, right on time for this style shoot that I did two days later. When all else fails and I’m out of ideas, this Cuban Twist bun is it!

    PLUS, as a toddler mom, I’ve gotta have styles that won’t take too much time to do, are easy to maintain and will last me at least a week. And I make this last for two… cuz ain’t nobody got time for doing hair every day!

    Last year, I gave y’all a step-by-step breakdown of this easy high bun, but many of you gals are more visual. So, after many months, I’m finally sharing the goods! Be sure to read below for a few tips I didn’t get to mention in the video…

    (Oh, and forgive me if the voice-over volume is low… technical difficulties and all.)


    Some Things to Note

    * Moisture
    Yes, my hair was moisturized prior to styling. I always apply a leave-in conditioner to my hair but especially when prepping for heat. I then follow-up with an oil. The combo serves as my heat protectant. I’ve never had any issues with my hair not reverting back to the kinks. Even if the gel you use is alcohol-free like the one I use here, us kinky hair girls need moisture so don’t skimp on this step!

    * Stretching the Hair
    I only blow dry on medium heat, at the most, twice a month and never with the intention of getting my naturally kinky hair bone straight. The idea is just to stretch the hair for styling. Here are some ways you can stretch your natural hair without heat but also, a few helpful tips if you DO decide to use heat when styling your hair.

    * Maintenance
    To maintain this style until your next wash day, it’s best to use a large square scarf folded on a diagonal or into a triangle. Place the wide part at the back of your head, bring the ends around to the front, making sure you cover the bun and knot it. If it’s really long like mine, tie it once at the front, bring it to the back and knot it. It should stay in place during the night to keep everything looking neat. In the event that you get a few stragglers, lightly mist the hair with a bit of water and add a little gel if necessary. Smooth it gently with a brush and put the scarf back on for a few to really lay ’em down.

    Hmmm… I think that’s it! Did I leave anything out? If you’ve got any questions, ask away! Please share on Insta if you try it!

    What’s that go-to natural hair style that YOU can always depend on no matter the occasion?

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    by Sabrina Perkins of SeriouslyNatural.org

    Hair loss is not just a problem for men as women actually make up 40% of American hair loss sufferers according to the American Hair Loss Association. Honestly, many women are suffering in silence and this devastating problem is no more felt harder than in the African American community.

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    What Black Women Need To Know About Hair Loss
    A study published earlier this year and presented at the American Academy of Dermatology’s 74th Annual meeting showed alarming concerns for Black women. The study showed that Black women were more prone to hair loss and even more concerning was the fact that we are less likely to seek professional help to rectify the problem.

    The cause for most of the hair loss for black women is a condition called Central Centrifugal Cicatricial Alopecia (CCCA) which is a disorder that causes inflammation and destruction to the hair follicles-- it can cause scarring and even permanent hair loss. This vital and alarming information was provided by Dr. Lenzy, a Board-certified dermatologist and clinical associate at University of Connecticut, Farmington, Conn.

    Dr. Lenzy, along with other experts believe hair loss is a genetic disposition among black women and they are increasing the risk of hair loss by practicing damaging hair styling techniques like braids, chemical relaxing, and wearing weaves. Out of 5,594 black women who were part of the study and survey, almost 50% reported hair loss on the crown of their head and 81.4% of those women never sought any kind of help from a physician or dermatologist.

    Janeise Alexander, owner of J'Das Studio For Hair in Oakland, CA says many clients of hers experience hair follicle trauma. “Tension from braids and twists can and does cause permanent follicle damage, especially to the lanugo (baby) hair around the perimeter of the head.” She adds, “Chemicals such as relaxers and colors can also cause damage if the service isn't administered properly. Applying protection cream to the lanugo hair and scalp is a Must. Also Neutralization and plenty of rinsing will help to remove all traces of the chemical.”

    What to do? How do we end the cycle?
    We see the problem and we know it is not getting addressed by the individuals suffering from it, so what should be done? Of course, education is always the first out of the gate for answers as it is obvious many of the Black women dealing with hair loss are not getting help. Sure, we see videos here and there discussing some women going to salons and getting help but usually it is just covering up the problem.

    These women need real solutions and while it makes sense to seek out a hairstylists, seeking medical help first ensure you know exactly what the problem is so you can properly address and rectify.

    Seek help from a Dermatologist, Trichologist, or physician
    Suffering in silence will not solve the problem nor will it help. Covering the hair loss or thinning hair up with wigs, weaves, or braids is not the answer either. Often that can compound the problem and make already damaged hair worse or can even negatively affect the scalp to the point of irreversible hair loss.

    Seeking medical help from a dermatologist, trichologist or a physician can help determine scalp damage or illnesses that may be causing hair loss. They can also get you back on track to healthy hair and scalp.

    Stop damaging your hair
    These styles that are causing tension need to be stopped and I consulted with celebrity hairstylist and ambassador for Women’s ROGAINE®, Jill Crosby on hair loss.

    Crosby says, “if you wear styles that require a lot of tension to achieve the looks such as tight braids, twists, weaves, or knots then hair loss due to tension is often very prevalent, especially in key areas such as hair line and nape—these styles can also contribute to added loss for someone who is already experiencing thinning or loss due to hereditary hair loss.”

    She adds, “putting tension on the papilla (hair root) over time can cause loss, sometimes permanent. So if you're a woman who has thinning hair, take into consideration how much tension to use when creating the look you want. Taking it easy in this way can allow for hair to regrow.”

    Know you are not alone nor need to be ashamed
    This is what we need to be talking about more as black women are feeling alienated. These problems are not being addressed as often as they should with real experts explaining what the problems are and how to fix them. Most women will suffer some form of hair loss or hairs thinning in their lifetime but black women are finding it through hair styling choices which are detrimental to their hair and scalp.

    You are not alone nor should you feel ashamed but rather, empowered with the information on what is going on and how to fix it. We can stop this cycle by knowing there are options for styles and treatments.

    Are you suffering hair thinning or hair loss and how have you tried to fix it?


    You can follow Janeise Alexander on IG here: cosmetologist_janeise

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    I want to show you how I get soft and moisturized curls during the colder seasons! I explain and demonstrate exactly what I do to my hair, from cleansing and conditioning my hair in the shower, to how I avoid leaving the house with wet hair without using heat! Enjoy!

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    Source: IG @Heyitsbrittanyj

    by Sointocurls via blacknaps.org

    Have you ever heard of mongongo oil, baobab oil or illipe butter? These oils are packed with nutrients for hair and skin care, so if you are always on the lookout for oils filled with nourishment, keep reading!

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    1. MONGONGO OIL
    This exotic oil is provided by the mongongo tree which grows in Southern Africa. The nuts that grow on the tree are highly nutritious and are a staple food of the tribes of Zambia. They also produce an amazing oil that is highly beneficial for skin and hair. Mongongo oil contains a large amount of linoleic acid, which the body uses to create part of cell membranes. It also contains alpha eleostearic acid, which protects the skin from harmful ultraviolet rays by providing a protective film to the skin. Naturally, this oil is also highly protective for hair, as well.

    2. BAOBAB OIL
    This highly nutritive oil is also native to Africa. The exotic baobab tree produces flowers that bloom only once a year during nighttime – talk about unusual! Additionally, the precious oil is housed in the fruit or pods of these trees which are known to live to be a thousand years old or more. The oil is extracted by cold pressing the seeds, producing pure, raw unrefined oil that is full of vitamins A,D, E, and F. It also contains large amounts of omega fatty acids which make it ideal for hair and skin use, particularly in terms of fighting free radicals and wrinkle prevention. It also penetrates the hair and skin flawlessly, leaving no greasy feeling or residue.

    3. ILLIPE BUTTER
    Illipe butter is produced by the illipe tree in Malaysia. It has a texture similar to that of cocoa butter in that it is hard, but, upon contact with the skin, melts very quickly. It has a high concentration of palmitic, stearic, and linoleic acids, making it ideal for hair and skin nourishment. For these reasons, illipe butter is definitely an oil that every natural girl should try out. So be adventurous! These unique oils might be just what the doctor ordered to seal moisture into dry parched curls.

    Have you tried any of these?!

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    Pictured Left to Right: Maxwell Ogufunyi, Abolade Lawal, and Abayomi Johnson

    Written by Mike Orie of TheConsciousTip.com

    These three African/African American entrepreneurs launched a scholarship app for Nigerian students.


    CurlyNikki.com recently interviewed a group of entrepreneurs from Nigeria about their start-up, ScholarX. ScholarX is an app designed to help Nigerian students both home and abroad access available scholarships because of the high cost of education. The app was designed with a specific goal in mind, one that combats the idea of what we traditionally see in the media everyday. These brothers are doing great things for the Motherland and it's important that we tell stories like these. Read our interview with co-founder, Abolade Lawal below.

    MO: If you had to briefly describe Scholar X, how would you define it to the average person?
    AL:ScholarX is a platform that helps people of African decent access quality education anywhere in the world through scholarships.

    MO: Can you tell us about the moment you first realized there was a need for Scholar X?
    AL:That moment came when Maxwell realized how hard it was for him to acess available opportunities in Nigeria and he sought to compile local based scholarships, with an intent to eventually convert into a mobile application.

    MO: How did the idea for the project come about?
    AL: As mentioned earlier, the initial idea came from Maxwell, and after he had compiled local scholarships, he sought out partners to help bring the project to life. Myself, Maxwell and Abayomi got together and after some brainstorming and analysis, we decided to move forward with creating a platform that curates locate and foreign based scholarships and Nigeria was selected as the pilot for the local scholarships.

    MO: What process do you currently use to find resources for scholarships?
    AL: We scan through the internet and other avenues to gather and screen scholarships that suits our target base. Its a very manual process, however we stay committed to ensure that our users get access as many available opportunities as possible.

    MO: Why do you think there is a specific need for Nigerian college students to fund education?
    AL: The numbers. Nigeria has close to 200M people and over 50% are at least 18 years old. Yearly university intake (capacity) is less than 10% of this demographic. Simply, youth population is growing exponentially, while opportunities remain static. Opportunities in terms of quality education and employment. The need to for quality education is thus obvious, but the issue now is how to fund it individually? Scholarships! There are so many opportunities out there especially abroad. Countries like Korea, Saudi Arabia etc offer amazing opportunities for individuals from developing nations to come study in their country tuition-free, including paying for air travel. So our duty is to be the opportunity bridge, that brings undeserved youths closer to their goal of creating a better future for themselves.

    MO: Since launching ScholarX, what are some of the biggest challenges you've faced?
    AL: Our target an emerging market and so, there are bound to be issues we have to face head-on and adjust when/where necessary. Poor Infrastructure is a big one. So things like power supply, internet connectivity and so on.

    MO: Your business partners are located in Nigeria. How do you balance the day-to-day of managing the app?
    AL: This is actually an advantage we believe. As we are able to take advantage of lots of.

    MO: You recently received funding from LDI Africa. Can you tell us about your plans and what you hope to do with this funding?
    AL: Marketing! User acqusition remains one of our key focus areas presently, so we need to shore up our distribution channels on ground, as well as take advantage of the little success we've made on social media by increasing our capacity.

    MO: What type of background did you come from before launching Scholar X?
    AL: I have a busineness background, specifically in the Oil and Gas industry. I graduated with an accounting degree from the university of Houston and i've worked for some of the largest comapnies within the industry and in consulting.

    MO: A few weeks ago, you attended Diaspora Demo Day. Describe the feeling of being around so many African/African American entrepreneurs.
    AL: It was unbelieveable! Being around a diverse group of talented entreprenuer sharing the common goal of working hard to realise their dreams and change the world while doing so was something i'll cherish forever. Part of the learning process in this "startup grind" is to learn from peers who share similar goals.

    MO: What was the biggest takeaway from you would say you left with?
    AL: There are so many opportuities out there, you just have to seek them out and position yourself to be in the right place at the right time.

    MO: With so many apps on the market (even with yours being free) how have you established your niche? What ways are you working to spread the word?
    AL: Or market is unique and thats our major differentiator. Africa is a unique place to be as an emerging market. We've comitted ourselves to get our hands dirty, dig deep into the trenches. So we've made a product people want, we're maketing what people want, and whats left is to be able to scale in a meaningful way. Our most effective way of preading the word is our creative use of social media. In just over 4 months of launch, with a non-existent marketing budget, we've gotten over 50k combined social media following.
    Next for us now is to ramp up our ground game, to include scholarship workshops, training, campus tours/events, and ads.

    MO: What's one skill set you would say is necessary for being a successful entrepreneur?
    AL: Adaptability!

    MO: How can we support Scholar X, either as a beneficiary or as a resource?
    AL: Other than access to funding like grants, we need help in creating more scholarships for our target customerbase. Students are really underserved and we want to help change that. Also it will be helpful to get more media influencers on ourside not just to publish articles about what we're doinng, but to be our advocate, while will help in boosting our profile/credibility.

    You can find out more information and download the app here.

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    Mike "Orie" Mosley is a freelance writer/photographer and cultural advocate from St. Louis. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Arts, Entertainment & Media Management from Columbia College Chicago and a Masters in Higher Education Administration from LSU. He is also the co-founder of music and culture website www.theconscioustip.com. In his spare time, he's probably listening to hip hop & neo soul music, hitting up brunch or caught up in deep conversations about Black music. You can follow him on Twitter @mike_orie or on Instagram @mikeorie


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    source: AP/HBO

    by Tiffani Greenaway of MyMommyVents.com

    The nominees for the 74th annual Golden Globes have been announced, and this year's award show is full of melanin. With nominees of color in almost every category, our radiance will shine just as brightly as the awards.

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    Atlanta and Black-ish are nominated for Best comedy TV series, and both Insecure's Issa Rae and Black-ish star Tracee Ellis Ross are up for best comedic actress in a TV series. Anthony Anderson of Black-ish and Donald Glover of Atlanta are nominated for best comedic actor.

    Stevie Wonder was nominated for Best Song for "Faith," his collaboration with Ariana Grande for the animated film Sing, while the music Pharell created with Hans Zimmer and Benjamin Wallfisch for Hidden Figures is up for Best Originial Score in a motion picture.

    Courtney B. Vance is a top pick for Best actor in a limited series or TV movie for his portrayal of Johnny Cochran in The People v. O.J. Simpson, while Kerry Washington is in the running for Best actress for her role in Confirmation, the story of Anita Hill, and Thandie Newton is up for Best supporting actress in a series for her performance as android Maeve Millay on Westworld.

    Denzel Washington and Viola Davis were each nominated for Fences, while Naomie Harris and Octavia Spencer were recognized for their roles in the upcoming Hidden Figures. Loving star Ruth Negga is up for Best actress in a motion picture, and the coming of age drama Moonlight earned several nominations, with Mahershala Ali for Best supporting actor in a motion picture, Barry Jenkins for Best director and Best Motion Picture, Drama.

    Will you be watching as the stars shine on January 8th?

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    Tiffani Greenway is the wife and mom behind MyMommyVents, a New York city parenting blog. Her tips have been seen on Yahoo Parenting, Mommy Noire, and Fit Pregnancy. Find more of Tiffani's work at mymommyvents.com.


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    Hola Chicas, 

    I went out last night with Dr. Daddy and the 8 month bump!  I also took my gifted Lily Jade diaper bag for a test drive. 


    If you want one of your own ($350 shopping credit!), head over to IG @curlynikki and enter the contest! Good luck!

    xoxo
    nik 

    p.s. closeup of the hurr--

    combed out curlformer set on wet hair using Jane Carter's Twist Out Foam.  After sitting under the dryer for an hour, I removed the curlers and in 4 sections, combed out the curls with my wide tooth, wooden comb.  It gives less of the shirley temple look! xoxo


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    Photo courtesy of AP Photo

    Written by Mike Orie of TheConsciousTip.com
    Have you heard of Jet Smarter?

    A Jay Z backed "Uber for private jets" company has raised an additional $105 million in funding. Sergey Petrossov, the company's CEO says Jet Smarter has raised the funds in Series C funding, at a $1.5 billion pre-money valuation to build its marketplace for private jet services.

    According to Tech Crunch, "members of the Saudi royal family, and hip hop icon and entrepreneur Shawn 'Jay Z' Carter, earlier backers of Jet Smarter increased their investments in the startup with this round."

    To become a member of Jet Smarter, members go through a light background check and then pay $15,000 to become a core member for the first year. Members are then allowed a seat on the company's wide-selection of flights for free, but would pay an additional fee for a companion ticket.

    Jet Smarter app becomes "Uber for private jets"

    Jet Smarter is currently available in 50 markets worldwide, including cities such as London, Paris, Las Vegas, Atlanta, Chicago, Moscow, Dubai, New York and Fort Lauderdale. The company plans to reach 80 to 100 markets by the end of 2017. New cities would including connection flights from Florida to cities such as Washington D.C., Boston and more.

    Similar to Uber, the company doesn't own any planes, but works with various carriers, operators and owners to provide the service. You can learn more about the app here.

    What are your thoughts on the new Jay Z backed concept Jet Smarter?

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    Mike "Orie" Mosley is a freelance writer/photographer and cultural advocate from St. Louis. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Arts, Entertainment & Media Management from Columbia College Chicago and a Masters in Higher Education Administration from LSU. He is also the co-founder of music and culture website www.theconscioustip.com. In his spare time, he's probably listening to hip hop & neo soul music, hitting up brunch or caught up in deep conversations about Black music. You can follow him on Twitter @mike_orie or on Instagram @mikeorie



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    (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) courtesy of The Grio
    Thursday, First Lady Michelle Obama hosted a private screening of 'Hidden Figures' at The White House. The film tells the story of three African-American women who provide NASA with important mathematical data needed to launch the program's first successful mission.

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    “We sought out the very best minds in math and engineering at the time, people with diverse perspectives who could think in ways that no one had ever thought before — people like many of you in this room, the people like Katherine Johnson, and Mary Jackson, and Dorothy Vaughan,” she said, naming the NASA employees Hidden Figures was based on.

    Hidden Figures will premiere in select theaters on December 25th and nationwide January 6th. The cast live tweeted the event last night. Check out some of the photos below.

    What are your thoughts on the upcoming film? Do you plan on seeing it when it hits theaters? 
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    Mike "Orie" Mosley is a freelance writer/photographer and cultural advocate from St. Louis. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Arts, Entertainment & Media Management from Columbia College Chicago and a Masters in Higher Education Administration from LSU. He is also the co-founder of music and culture website www.theconscioustip.com. In his spare time, he's probably listening to hip hop & neo soul music, hitting up brunch or caught up in deep conversations about Black music. You can follow him on Twitter @mike_orie or on Instagram @mikeorie


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  • 12/16/16--11:08: On Set in NYC
  • #8Months
    So I combed out another curlformer set (used Jane Carter Twist Out Foam to set) and I'm really appreciating the effortlessness of this look!  It will be in heavy rotation during the final stretch of this surprise gestation because it requires zero direct heat and lasts for 4 or 5 days!  The cut of my hair has really helped in all of my styling endeavors because I don't have to tuck and pin and fluff and shape!  I love it and plan to keep it tight in the coming months-- it's already trying to grow out on me!

    Let's see... the dress (like everything else I've worn this pregnancy) came from ASOS Maternity (I wear their petite maternity line in xs and everything fits perfectly), the stockings are from DSW.  My boots are dope (also DSW), but you can't see them!  I'll share a full body pic soon.  I've also been leaning on Tarjay heavily-- purchasing all of my long sleeve tees and beband (the most essential item ever-- been rocking one since week 10!) from there.  I've been very dedicated to drinking tons of water this pregnancy and light, physical exercise and because of that, I've got my swelling in check!  It's so minor that I'm still in my skinny jeans (with the aid of the beband).  I'll check back in when I get home! Momma and Daddy are coming to me this year for the holidays!  Love you guys!

    Nik 

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