Mary J. Blige is a strong, beautiful, and successful woman. She has won nine Grammys, has had a ton of hit records, and is happily married. Recently the 42 year old singer was on the cover of Shape magazine where she proudly showed off her very toned abs. During her interview with the magazine she revealed some of the ways that she keeps herself in such great shape even with her hectic schedule.
Blige says that she does cardio as her main source of exercise. The singer and actor says she likes to run outside as opposed to running on a treadmill and she tries to run 6 to 8 miles per week if time allows. She says that even if she is in a bad mood she still goes running and it boosts her mood back up.
As she has gotten older she has had to change up her workouts a little bit as her body has gone through different changes. She also does strength training with a trainer and also took up swimming recently to help boost her cardio workouts. She said that it was pretty hard at first because she had to to learn how to swim first but once she learned about the proper breathing technique it was much easier.
For her diet, Blige says that she has cut out dairy and gluten. She also sticks to a low-carb diet as much as possible. Before her cover shoot with Shape she stopped eating sugar for three weeks. One of the biggest changes in her diet was cutting out alcohol completely. She has not had a drink in over a year and says that she feels so much better for it. Everything that she is doing seems to be working for her because she looks great!
This came as a complete and utter shock to me because I never thought Chile would date such a scum-bag, but this was from back in the day when her career first started to pop with TLC so she gets a pass. A cast member of Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta posted a #tbt of Chile and him, insinuating in the caption that the two used to have relations way before he met his wife.
The Miss Israel pageant has made history this week something you rarely expect from a competition that has been going on for 63-years. 21-year old, Yityish Aynaw, has been crowned the first miss Israel of Ethiopian heritage. Many African-Americans do not necessarily feel they relate to Israel outside of affiliations with Christianity and the Holy Land. Images of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown taking a pilgrimage to the “Motherland” gave a pop-culture glimpse into heterogeneous affiliations with this small sovereign country. Israel, however, is a land not only rich in heritage, but rich in diverse nationalities as a place of color. Currently, over 150,000 Ethiopian Jews find their home in Israel. Israel has been home to people of color before time, yet many Ethiopians feel that they are still discriminated against as a modern day minority. So, it was with great applause and pride that they recently welcomed their first Miss Israel, Yityish Aynaw, a black Ethiopian.
A week ago when President Obama visited Israel, he requested to have dinner with Yityish, who has broken barriers as the new face of Israel. She recently told the Guardian that it was time to show a black Miss Israel. “It’s important that a member of the Ethiopian community win the competition for the first time,” she told the panel. “There are many different communities of many different colors in Israel, and it’s important to show that to the world.” Losing both of her parents at a very young age, Yityish left Gondor (northwest Ethiopia) to live with her maternal grandparents in Israel – which she thought was the “land of milk and honey”. In the Miss Israel competition, she kept her ethnic name which means appropriately, “looking forward to the future.” She spoke out that many other contestants dropped their ethnic names in the competition and instead used their Hebrew names, but she found it important to maintain her birth name.
However, just as President Obama’s reelection doesn’t represent racial equality, Yityish’s victory as Miss Israel 2013 doesn’t stop the systematic discrimination in Israel against their migrant Ethiopian population…
…but it’s a start.
Professors in Belgium put their toxicology screening skills to use at the Antwerp library by screening 10 of the most borrowed books in the library with bacteriology and toxicology tests.The results were not only startling but gross.
Each of the 10 books screened tested positive for traces of cocaine — not enough that could affect people if they touched it, but enough that they might test positive for the drug. The grossest result, however, had to be when they discovered traces of the herpes virus within the pages of Fifty Shades of Grey. The professors assured people that the concentration of the virus was so minimal that the public was at no risk.
The next time you plan on reading a trashy book from the public library, you may want to wear gloves. That, or use a Kindle.
Just in case you were still being fooled into thinking that the TSA is good for, well, anything, follow along with You Tube contributor Terminal Cornucopia as he constructs a home-made “FRAGGuccino” from stuff you can buy from airport terminal kiosks—you know the ones you can enter after passing through security.
With just a stainless steel coffee mug, a Li-ion AA battery, some Axe Body Spray, a condom, and a bottle of water, Terminal Cornucopia was able to construct and successfully detonate an improvised frag grenade. Essentially the water filled condom breaks upon being thrown which shorts the battery, generating enough heat to ignite the can of Axe which transforms the mug into a flurry of shrapnel. Obviously, this was simply a test demonstrating a proof of concept but the fact that it can be done—apparently very easily, very quickly, and for less than $30. Get ready for your airport security screening to get a lot less pleasant.