Welcome to Chocolate Diva of the Month – celebrating inspirational women who continue to strive for the best within themselves as well as their communities.
LIFE IN THE A.J. ZONE
by Jamie Flemming (Along with being a guest blogger for NUBIA, Jamie is also a freelance writer and produces a blogzine, “for colored gurls”. Find out more info about Jamie on her website, mochawriter.com)
Best known for her role as Juanita, Tyrese’s mama in Baby Boy, A.J. Johnson has also appeared in numerous TV and Film classics such as House Party (remember Sharane – the girl everybody wanted to get with), Sister Act, School Daze, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, The Jaime Foxx Show and Assassins with Sylvester Stallone. When she’s not sharing the screen, A.J. is a renowned lifestyle coach and fitness advocate working to build her company — THE AJ ZONE(www.theajzone.com).
What is The AJ Zone?
It is a total health and wellness company. We address fitness, health and lifestyle issues and do what it takes to help people adjust their lifestyles into better health and nutrition. The same program used for celebrities are used for the average Jane.
Why did you create The AJ Zone?
I really didn’t create THE AJ ZONE. God, my dad and the Hollywood crowd I worked with created it! I graduated college with degrees [in] psychology and chemistry. My father told me on his death bed to help others. I began to research, and apply everything I could to live my life the best mentally, spiritually, nutritionally and physically, and my friends and peers in Hollywood noticed. They would all say, “What are you drinking? What are you eating? What are those supplements you’re taking? Can I run with you? I want to live in your zone!” I soon realized I was being called to share my healthy living experience, passions and studies to help others.
We’ve all seen the damages from the catastrophic earthquake that struck near Port- au-Prince, Haiti last Tuesday. It’s the worst earthquake to hit the area in more than 200 years and as the death toll rises to about 200,000, the U.S. and nations across the world are working together to bring relief.
Even in tough economic times, most of us are fortunate to be able to give a helping hand and it makes me even more grateful that I can personally help someone in need.
If you would like information about relief efforts and ways you can help CLICK HERE.
The other night I was on the phone with an ex-turned-friend, you know the guy/girl you speak to a couple times a month, go out to parties with and still care about. The type you no longer have feelings for until a situation or conversation arises to make you wonder “why did we break up?”
So, my male friend called to talk about his new love life. He informed me that she was no longer “the girl of his dreams”. He told me she’s pretty, financially stable, no kids, and love-to-have-sex type of chick. Now, a few short months later his mind, heart and loins have found a new zip code. What started as a general discussion ended with me thinking about “us.”
“Hey C, How things?” Continue Reading →
A SWEET TASTE IN HELL’s KITCHEN
Hell’s Kitchen has stepped up its restaurant game with the arrival of the Pan-Latin fare Agua Dulce or “Sweet Water.” The name is synonymous with the calming affects of the ocean sports a chic blue and white décor. Once you step foot into the dimly lit ambiance you are enveloped in a sultry essence of Latin America on the busy island of Manhattan.
Chef Ulrich A. Sterling intertwines the theme through his artistic creations fusing filtered H20 with flavors of honeydew, cucumbers, mango and papaya. Whether it’s the traditional Havana-style smoked tea braised short ribs with soy charred string bean and truffle puree or the Salmon citrus ceviche marinated in jalapeño, there is no shortage of choices on this savory menu. Continue Reading →
It’s surprising to learn the rate of new business start-ups during the period of a recession. Whether it was during the 30’s, 80’s or today, more people are taking a chance to become their own boss and forgoing the nine to five. There are about 23 million small businesses registered in the U.S., of which women make up 11 million with Black women representing 5.2 million. Women account for 43% of business owners v. men at 32% . Obviously,the fairer sex are doing it and doing it well! However, like any other endeavor it is about strategy, execution and determination. So how do you start your own business? What do you need to become an entrepreneur?
Ten Tips to Entrepreneurial Success
1. Utilize the resources available such as the Small Business Association (SBA), Chambers of Commerce and research, research, research.
2. Google the type of business you want to start. Find out about professional organizations in the field. Read blogs, bulletin boards, industry articles and buy the magazines or books that can provide you with more info.
3. Find a niche and stick to it. No one can be all things for all people. Figure out what you do well, and enjoy, and build your company on that. You must commit to one business. The biggest roadblock to being an entrepreneur is fear of choosing one business and going for it.
Should we thank man for Facebook (FB)? Yes, it is a wonderful tool that rekindles past friendships, connects family members regardless of time zones and helps promote your business/brand but can FB do more than just reconnect old friends? I recently read an article in the New York Times, which stated that the #1 social networking site is accountable for 12% of breakups last year. If that’s not bad enough, almost one in five of online divorce petitions filed by angry spouses blamed FB for the dissolution of their marriage. WTF! Are there that many people getting laid on facebook? Obviously, members that utilize the website for friendships and networking are missing out on this hot dating scene.
Old man winter is sparing no expense, with the recent snow (up to 24 inches), ghastly winds and 10 degree temps, it is cold and with that comes the need to retreat into our own personal sanctuary. With at least 2-3 more months of wintry weather before a glimpse of spring, how do you feel about your nest? Here are a few makeover ideas to add some cozy comfort during this chilly season.
The hottest new paint colors for winter
-Want Color, color, color—try Aqua, sea green or turquoise to liven up your room and add an element of calmness and serenity to your home.
-Gray, is no longer the drab color of yesterday, with new shades shades like cathedral, silhouette, this trendy color works well with neutral and bright colors like yellow, blue or green.
-Green, is symbolic of growth and gives off a grounded effect in the home that can stand alone with simple or bold furniture.
-Purple, the most talked-about color of the season, is hot this season. Instead of the deep plums and standard purple hues, try shades of soft grape or hyacinth to set-off the living room or bedroom of your nest.
A PLACE TO LINGER IN BROOKLYN
by Miss Jane
There are times when you’re in the mood to enjoy a comfy seat, a warm cup of cappuccino, or a glass of wine outside of the confines of your home. Once you step foot inside Linger Café & Lounge (www.lingercafelounge.com), you’ll feel like you’re right there.
Upon entry, you’re welcomed to this Brooklyn café by soothing music, exposed brick walls, and a lovely wind chime-like ceiling sculpture that emits muted lighting, providing a feeling of warmth and coziness. Set up like an inviting living room, the open eating areas are decorated with wonderfully chic Victorian chairs and vintage sofas reupholstered with black and white prints, vivid burgundies, and iridescent purple velvet.
Each January, there’s talk of renewed hope and new beginnings. Resolutions within the first week are sometimes kept but one thing is for sure, the New Year gives us the opportunity for a do-over—to make a few changes that didn’t work in the past. What’s your NYE resolution? Check out some of the most popular “this year I will” declarations, do any of them sound familiar?
Each year NYE party-goers wonder what to do for New Years Eve? With the big day approaching in a little over a week, many people have opted to forgo the bad drivers, crazy crowds, bitter cold, and spending $100-200 for a party to stay home and watch the ball drop. If you are one of them, check out a few ways to have your own at-home NYE celebration.
1. Decorate the house with streamers, confetti and stars. Invite some of your friends over for an end-of-the-year mini party. Break out few bottles of your favorite drinks and don’t forget the champagne as you toast to 2010.