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Do-it-herself diva

doitherself 600As the heads of many American households, women are increasingly forced to reckon with not only the odd handyman job like mowing lawns or replacing sealants, but also more demanding household repairs including plumbing and electrical work. In fact, what was once considered the man’s terrain within the home has become a space where women actively flex their muscle.
 
According to a recent survey by the Home Improvement Research Institute, the number of home improvement products purchased by women has increased over the years. Women account for more than $70 billion worth of purchases in the home improvement industry, up from just over $55 billion in 1995. This rising trend is due to women owning their own homes and tackling their own home repair projects. Industry research shows that single women are purchasing new homes at twice the rate of single men, and within the first year of home ownership, women spend almost $9,000 on home improvement projects. Contributing to the growing trend of women purchasing tools are home improvement shows and hardware stores.

Melt away the belly

bellyaway 600Let’s face it ladies…in the summer, we are surrounded with holidays that “require” us to eat bar-b-que, potato salad, soda wada and the works! What does that mean? – more FAT to have to deal with because what do we do for the holiday? We eat, eat, & eat some more. 
 
And we all know that the fat tends to head straight to our midsection and just sit there and wait to spread. How can we get rid of our belly fat? It’s really hard to say because our wonderful bodies have minds of their own. Each individual body decides where it wants to burn off the fat and in what order.

THIS WEEKEND IN MEMPHIS!

memphisYour source of information for where to go and what to do each weekend in the Greater Memphis area.
 
FRIDAY
 
* Biker Boyz Weekend
7pm | www.BikerBoyzWeekend.com
 
* Anime Blues Expo
9am-8pm | Cook Convention Center
 
* Rickey Smiley
8pm | Cannon Center

11 compelling hip-hop lyrics that give props to Africa

africanlyrics 600Middle America caught whiff of the tension brewing between the police and low-income black communities in the early 1990s because of the lyrics on N.W.A’s “Straight Outta Compton” album and Public Enemy’s call to “fight the power that be.”
 
People didn’t need to hear statistics about women entering the workforce in droves because Queen Latifah said so in “Ladies First.” She was no journalist, but she was reporting about a new generation of women who were taking charge at home and work. When Jay Z told folks to “change clothes” and to “throw on a suit [and] get it tapered up,” we knew hip-hop was growing up right before our very eyes.

Wagatwe Wanjuki: How to fail a rape victim

endinggrape 600After reading “Colleges Become the Victims of Progressivism,” where Washington Post columnist, conservative, and consistent curmudgeon George Will argued that there is no campus rape epidemic and that victims of sexual assault are lying, Wagatwe Wanjuki, took to Twitter to chronicle her own rape. While doing so, she revealed that after opening up about being a victim of sexual violence, she was asked to leave her school.
 
Wanjuki tweeted:
 
Where's my survivor privilege? Was expelled & have $10,000s of private student loans used to attend school that didn't care I was raped.
11:16 AM - 9 Jun 2014