Going For The Gold

AND THEIR OFF…..

Its mid-August and the summer 2016 Olympics are off to a wonderful start. The USA is in the lead! We currently have 16 gold medals and it’s just the start for the rest to come. With all of the events still going on, there are presently 11 gold medals from swimming, 1 from shooting, 1 in judo, 2 in gymnastics, 1 in cycling, and our USA basketball team, comprised of star players like Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, and Kyrie Irving, have a #1 position in the events, to say the least.

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We all know of Donald Trump’s infamous slogan, “Let’s make America great again”, well… If there was ever a time to be a proud American, right now is it.

So, word on the street is that it’s a good day to be a Simone.

If you’ve been under a rock, cramped up in your apartment for the past week, or simply have had no communication with the world, chances are you don’t know what’s going on with the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Chances are also slim that you’re unaware of just who “the Simones” are.

For those that don’t know, “the Simones” are made up of two young women, both named Simone, representing the USA in the Olympics. Simone Biles is a 19 year old young woman from Spring, Texas.

Starting gymnastics at just six yeapic.jpgrs old, but according to usagym.org, Simone now holds multiple titles such as, the 2016 Olympic individual all-around champion, three-time world all-around champion, three-time world floor champion, two-time world balance beam champion, four-time United States national all-around champion, and a member of the gold medal-winning American teams at the 2014, the 2015World Artistic Gymnastics Championships, and the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

What a resume! The Olympics are far from over, but Simone is already being called the world’s best gymnast. She even has a signature move named after her that no one has ever completed before. Simone has even received flak from other competitors claiming that they’ve been discriminated against because they aren’t black. Despite trials and tribulations, she’s overcome it all. Simone is just getting started and shows no signs of slowing down!

Simone Manuel, makes up the other half of the dynamic duo. Simone is a 20 year images.jpgold swimmer from Houston, Texas. Simone swam locally within her home town through clubs and organizations. Simone has competed in trials, relays, and other championships, earning multiple silver and bronze medals.

In 2015, Simone became one of the first three African-Americans to place in the top three spots in any women’s division I NCAA Swimming championship. In 2015, Simone had a personal best in the 50 meter freestyle of 24.47.  Simone recently received the gold medal for her swimming event, that’s a first for an African-American woman, with a time of 52.70 in the 100 meter freestyle!

Society has a habit, when concerning sports, to think of men and men only. Some people have even made silly statements saying that there’s no room for women in the athletic world, but women are quickly ending that hysteria. In 2012, Gabriel Douglas, gymnast, made us all proud as she took home the gold. She was welcomed on the covers of magazines, talk shows, marveled by celebrities, even the topic of discussion in songs. This time around, team USA as a whole can be proud of this second reign that “the Simones” bring and African-Americans can look up to these young women who have eliminated the stigma, gone above and beyond, and conquered!

If it weren’t enough to be an African-American, being a woman can be even harder. Double minorities often get the odd end of the stick and too frequently do we settle for what we’re given. Aside from stereotype, stigma, trials and tribulations we all have the ability to ignore the negativity and go for the gold! Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Naomi Campbell, Beyoncé, Serena Williams, Tracy Ellis Ross, Taraji P. Henson, Toni Morrison, Dominique Dawes, and Gabriel Douglas among many more, are all role models that we can epitomize.

Simone Biles and Simone Manuel can join that list proudly and show off their #Blackgirlmagic! Some of the qualities these athletes have down pat is persistence and humility along with  resiliency, diligence, focus, and  strength. These athletes aren’t simply drafted to compete in the olympics. The olympics is a competition that happens every four years. Athletes train year round, compete in trials, hire the best of coaches, eliminate their social life, and the list goes on. Some may simply see it as a sport but for these competitors it is their dream, all coming true before their eyes.

Instead of Keeping up with the Kardashians, or keeping up with the Jones’s…Keep up with Team USA and the many paved paths these awesome athletes are making! Going for the gold doesn’t necessarily mean to  become the doppleganger to Usain Bolt and win a world title for sprinting, but insted, to simply follow your dreams to the fullest and allow nothing to get in the way of it.

All of this #blackgirlmagic has me proud! Have you been keeping up with #TeamUSA? How do you plan to go for the gold?

 

Tina Knowles-Lawson Still Getting Busy AT 61-Years Old

[Credit: Ebony Magazine]
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By Sydney B.

Bow down to the Queen and watch her slay!

Let’s just say Tina Knowles-Lawson is wearing her sexuality with an older woman’s ease instead of like an awkward purse…never knowing how to hold it, where to hang it, or when to just put it down.

In the recent issue of Ebony magazine this mother of two, grandmother, and remarried beauty has not shame in game as she reveals that at the age of 61 she’s still able to have a thrilling sex life. Tina tied the knot for the second time with Richard Lawson, 68, in April.

“Our sex life is active; its really good,” Tina tells Ebony. But can you guess take a wild guess who encouraged Stella to get her groove back?

It was her own son-in-law, Jay-Z! Tina reveals that Hov urged her to date younger men. As the saying goes, “you’re only as old as the man you’re feeling,” but unfortunately for Tina the idea of a nice young rebound didn’t quite sit well with her. For what’s it worth, at least we can all agree that Ms. Knowles-Lawson is still gorgeous enough to snag any man whether younger or older.

Speaking of the amount of sexy she serves, inside the issue, Tina opens up about her initial hesitation with embracing showing off her curves for the camera, but later reveals how she’s turned those doubts into positivity:

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[Credit: Ebony Magazine]
“I had some reservations [about the shoot], but as I thought of all the women who tell me daily that I have inspired them to live a wholehearted life, which includes your sexuality. I am proud to be 61 years old and to not be putting limitations on my lifestyle. We can still be sexy and vibrant, fashionable, classy and fly until the day we die!”

So ladies word to the wise: never be ashamed to show off the fabulous you no matter what age you may be. What’s imperfect to you is perfect enough for someone else.

Know your sex appeal, know your sexuality, and know how to use it…tastefully, of course!

Also in the issue, Tina talks about her Galveston, TX. upbringing, and how she ended up opening one of Houston’s most well-known salon after giving birth to two of the world’s most biggest celebrities. Daughter Solange took her business to Instagram where she was sure to give her mom a special shout out:

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Does your beauty have an expiration date on it?

Check out Tina’s pictures from her spread with Ebony:

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[Credit: Ebony Magazine]
 

McKinney, TX. Cop, Eric Casebolt Resigns From Police Force After A Pool Party Gone Wrong Goes Viral

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By Sydney B.

Here’s a little honey to brighten your day:

Justice is served!

After a video of Officer Eric Casebolt, goes viral of him ruthlessly slamming a young teenage African-American girl, wearing nothing but a bathing suit, down to the ground after restraining her at a local pool party has resigned from his post.

The commissioner finds the actions of Eric Casebolt, now former officer of the McKinney Police Department,  to be inappropriate and insensible! Casebolt’s actions has caused his leave behind 10-years of service dedicated to the McKinney PD. Officer Terry Qualls, Police spokesman, confirms that Casebolt is officially off the force!

This is some very enlightening news..if I do say so myself. Officers are finally being forced to take responsibility for their wrongful actions, while later facing the consequences following.

CNN reports “Just days after a video that went viral online showed him yanking a 14-year-old bikini-clad girl to the ground and kneeling on her back, Eric Casebolt has resigned from his post as a corporal for the Police Department in McKinney, Texas.”

During the aftermath of the incident, as the video went viral, witnesses declared this as an act of racism. Many watched as Casebolt swore at teenagers as he chased them, after drawing his gun and slamming the young girl to the ground.

Check out the video of the craziness below:

Who was the guy in the tan shirt and blue jean shorts? Why was allowed to assist police in getting the situation under control? Hmm… these are questions that’ll continue to buzz about as this investigation continues.

The McKinney Police Department confirms that their investigation will continue. Do you think we’re off to a good start towards equality?

Fight Breakout At Webbie Concert

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[Credit: Hype Alert Media]

“No violence gentlemen; no violence, I beg of you! Consider the furniture”,

Was probably  what the manager at Club 20/20 in Odessa, TX wanted to say when a fight broke out during a Webbie concert.

Odessa police tell TMZ, things were calm as Webbie got into his set when a fight between fans turned into a full-blown riot. Why? Well for no particular reason of course! Some people were using metal stools as weapons.

Authorities were able to gain control over the situation. Once things began to settle down, loyal fans crowded the stage cheering for Webbie to begin performing again.

Sources confirm that the 20/20 manager was quoted saying that he does not like that kind of “ghetto stuff” at his club and has banned any future rap and hip hop shows at the venue.

What a night! How do you feel about bar fights? Comment below.