Thursday, September 11, 2014

Covers - Nicki Minaj For Dazed & Confused Magazine

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Nicki Minaj finds a middle ground between her colorful signature look of the past and her more recent natural look for the two covers of the the autumn issue of Dazed & Confused magazine. The magazine says;

Take a journey into the fantastical world of rap goddess Nicki Minaj in the autumn/winter issue of Dazed. To celebrate our biggest edition of the year, photographer Jeff Bark and Dazed Fashion Director Robbie Spencer have created a pair of covers that explore two very different sides of Her Minajesty – the demure fashion obsessive and the provocative pop culture bombshell. Alongside an 18-page shoot, Ms Minaj lets loose on everything from fame to feminism.

See the second cover and more pictures below...

Joan Rivers Remembered As A Difficult Tenant in Funny Yet Sad Eulogy By Her Daughter

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Joan Rivers had joked in her memoir about the kind of funeral she wanted [here] and her real funeral service held last week, tried to give her that. Several celebrities attended the red carpet event, and sang or gave eulogies.

A bittersweet part of the funeral, was the eulogy delivered by daughter, Melissa, 46, who read from a letter to her mom, sent before Joan Rivers died. The letter talked about the comedian as a tenant.

In the last few years, Joan had stayed with Melissa and her son in L.A. once a week, when she flew in from New York to tape E!'s Fashion Police. Apparently, Joan Rivers had some issues with her part-time landlord and accommodations.

Check out the tear-jerking letter below...

Beyonce Sparks Pregnancy Rumours By Hiding And Constantly Touching Her Stomach

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Beyonce and Jay Z are still enjoying their well deserved break in the French town of Antibes in the Côte d'Azur, and they are joined by their daughter, respective mothers, and a few family and friends with kids.

While there is nothing too out of the ordinary about their trip, Beyonce has been sparking pregnancy rumours is constantly touching her stomach. Most of her outfits have been loose too, and always seem to cover her lower tummy. Time will tell.

And of course, Beyonce is also sporting several new temporary tattoos, with circular geometric designs on her forearm and leg. A new trend?

Photos - Gabrielle Union & Dwyane Wade's 2-Part Honeymoon

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Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade are back from their week-long honeymoon in the Maldives and then Tanzania.

The couple got married in Miami on Aug. 30, and jetted away the next day. They kicked off their trip in the ocean island where Gabrielle Union said she, "refusedtowearclothes," wearing only a white hot bikini in pictures she shared on Instagram.

The second leg of the honeymoon was a safari in Africa's Serengeti.

Check out more photos, where the couple show they can be silly with each other, below.

42-Year-Old Mother Speaks Out After Being Deliberately Infected With HIV By Sick Lover

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Kara Wilkinson, 42, a mother from Cumbria (pictured left in 2009 and right today), says she has suffered four heart attacks, pneumonia, osteoporosis and severe hair loss since she was infected with HIV by boyfriend Alan Mason, 45 (inset), in 2011.

According to Wilkinson, Mason knew he had the virus before asking her for unprotected s*x.

Mason yesterday started serving two years and eight months behind bars for grievous bodily harm, but Miss Wilkinson is still pained saying she has been condemned to 'a life sentence of misery'.

'Before I had HIV, I was never ill and had loads of energy. Now I seem to be permanently ill. My long blonde hair has started to fall out and I look much older than I am.

Covers - Oprah Brings Lots of Sparkle And Bold Colors To O Magazine

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Oprah Winfrey covers all the editions of her self-named magazine and for the October 2014 issue, the 60-year-old billionaire dials the bold and glam button all the way to the top.

Across 4 dazzling covers, Oprah comes “up close and very glam” with close up shots that showcase the different ways colorful makeup can be used to bring out the best of one's features.

The edition is about seeing life through new colorful, bold and sparkly lens.

Nigerian Man Arrested And Charged For Kidnapping And Raping 21-Year-Old Victim

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Samuel Okorie, a 29 year old Nigerian man in Brookline, Massachusetts has been arrested and charged with rape, kidnapping and robbery. Okorie was accused by a young woman of grabbing her at a public place, forcefully taking her to his place, and sexually assaulting her. The incident took place over the weekend in a residential neighbourhood.

According to police report, a 21 year old woman identified Okorie as the man who sexually assaulted her. Police say the victim ran up the street, crying for help.

A neighbor said the victim came running to her door Sunday morning as she was getting ready to go to church. She said the girl “had her shoes in her hands and was shaking uncontrollably, screaming, ‘Help me! Help me!’”

“The girl started crying louder and louder, yelling, ‘He raped me and he’s going to come and get me,’” the neighbor said. The woman called 911 immediately, and police were soon on the scene.

Finding Hubby - How Tunde Leye And Foluso's Love Story Started With His Blog Series

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Tunde Leye is one of my favorite writers, and it was his wildly popular online fiction series, Finding Hubby, that led me to his blog. I later got permission to republish it in full on Naijastories [here].

We've been in contact since then and finally met up while I was in Nigeria earlier this year, where he was very helpful during my book launch. I can still remember that day back in January when we were at a book event he put together and he whispered to me that he had met the love of his life and would be having his introduction in a few weeks.

Imagine my delight to find his love story with Foluso, his wife to be on BN this morning. Turns out, it was also the blog series that brought them together, and then twitter did the rest. Enjoy!

Hundreds Want Lewd Statue Of Satan With 'Full Erection' To Be Returned to Vancouver Park

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Petitions have been started to reinstate the nine-foot-tall statue of Satan which was removed by Canadian officials from a Vancouver park. The anatomically-faithful red-skinned Satan is seen holding one hand up in a devil-horn salute, and comes complete with horns and a visibly prominent erection.

The controversial artwork was mysteriously erected on a pedestal at the park, and was removed to protect public interest, but now hundreds of people are demanding that the sexually explicit Satan statue be resurrected.

At least three petitions have sprung up calling for its return. Two petitions, which have collected more than 450 signatures combined, want the statue to be public art. One petition reads;

“By removing the statue of Penis Satan, you are taking from us our freedom of expression, restricting our sexuality, and stigmatizing our religious beliefs. Please return him immediately.”

Phaedra Parks Shuns Apollo Nida As He Turns Himself Into Prison

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Phaedra Parks, a lawyer and reality TV star of "Real Housewives of Atlanta" is reportedly upset with her jail-bound husband Apollo Nida for ignoring his children and spending much of his time drinking in clubs during his last weeks of freedom, and she has cut him off.

Phaedra's abandonment seems to have caused an incident with her husband just before he reported to prison yesterday to start an eight-year federal sentence for a fraud conviction. He had said back in July that the marriage was as good as over [here].

According to CNN, Apollo Nida "took a side trip to have a final word" with his wife and was still in their Atlanta home till after the noon deadline that U.S. marshals gave him to turn himself in to the minimum-security federal prison in Lexington, Kentucky.

Park's publicist, Steve Honig, who was at the home when Nida arrived Wednesday afternoon, told CNN "there was an incident" around 4 p.m., although he declined to give details on the record.

Oscar Pistorius Cleared Of Murder Charges, Awaits Final Judgment

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Oscar Pistorius did not commit murder the night he killed Reeva Steenkamp, but his conduct was "negligent," the judge at his trial said, suggesting she will find the Olympian guilty of culpable homicide.

There is no minimum sentence for culpable homicide in South African law. It's up to the judge to decide.

He did not intend to kill her, Judge Thokozile Masipa said.

As he fired four bullets into the bathroom of his home in Pretoria on Valentine's Day last year, he did not foresee the "possibility that he would kill the person behind the door, let alone the deceased, as he thought she was in the bedroom at the time," Masipa said.

Top 10 Affordable Romantic Getaways In Nigeria

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By Chinelo Ngene

Is your relationship becoming boring and monotonous? Do you often feel like you and the lover hardly ever have time to just be together? With everyone busy so busy and having really tight schedules nowadays, it’s understandable that these feelings should creep up once in a while. However, when you start to feel like choked, it’s time to getaway.

Vacations are awesome especially when you go with someone you care very much for. Sometimes, you just need to get away from the hectic everyday life, and who says you have to leave the country or break the bank to do it? Below is a list of 10 affordable places you could take your sweetheart to, that will bring the spark back to your romance.

Grown And Sexy - Kendall Jenner's Topless And Nude Modelling Campaigns

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Kendall Jenner has been topless before on a magazine cover back in the July issue of Love magazine but that looks very tame compared to her recent edgy photoshoots. The model who will soon be turning 19 is not holding back on her sexuality.

The young reality star who prefers to be known simply by her first name, "Kendall", has in the past talked about her last name not helping her get jobs. That must be working since she is really busy these days.

#WeAreHere - Alicia Keys Talks About Isreal, Gaza, and Nigeria, In New Inspirational Song

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This is what "Alicia Keys" wrote about We Are Here.

The day I wrote this song, I was sitting in a circle of people of all ages and we were asked, “Why are you here.” Why am I here?? This really hit me on a deep level. I realized no one had ever asked me that question before.

As I prepare to give birth to a new child, I can't help and think about the world I'm bringing my baby into. No matter where we come from, when we see the state of the world today, we can all feel the growing frustration and desire to make a difference. And we all have a voice - we just need to know how to make it heard.

I have a vision that I believe is more than a dream, that I know can be our reality.

A Message of Hope For Mesothelioma 10th Annual Awareness Day Sept 26, 2014

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My name is Heather Von St. James. Eight years ago, I was diagnosed with mesothelioma; a rare and preventable cancer caused only by exposure to asbestos. I had just given birth to my daughter and I was given 15 months to live. After a life saving surgery that included the removal of my left lung, I have made it my life's mission to spread awareness about mesothelioma and the dangers of asbestos.

September 26th, 2014 marks the 10th anniversary of Mesothelioma Awareness Day, and has been the driving force behind the movement to bring more attention and funding to this cancer. There is no more innocent victim than a person with mesothelioma, they are sick as a direct result of a product that is NOT banned in the U.S. This disease has a life expectancy of just 18 months after diagnosis, and symptoms may not be evident until 20-35 years after initial exposure to asbestos.

In honor of Mesothelioma Awareness Day, I am sharing my story to help in spreading the word about mesothelioma.

4 Mobile Apps To Help The Busy Working Woman Achieve Work And Family Life Balance

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By Jeroh Tejiri

We all know the personal story of Indra Nooyi - CEO of PepsiCo - how she juxtaposes being one of the most powerful CEOs of our time and the routine that comes with being a mother of two. She has talked about the importance of multi-tasking, delegating responsibilities to reduce your personal workload and having an understanding husband.

While these  are quite inspiring, they may have little to no traction in for all women. Sometimes, the average husband may not be so ‘understanding’, or the mother-in-law may be too busy with her own life, and some househelps can be very ‘unprofessional', thereby making delegating responsibilities a nightmare.

The above issues makes the implementation of some work-life productivity tips quite daunting and creates a void which I believe technology can provide some relief in its own way. Below are real tips on using your smart devices to create the needed balance in your professional and domestic life.