Back in January, The Goddess Of Lakshmi began recording their first album with the help of Chicago blues guitarist Felix Reyes. The word 'Lakshmi' is derived from the Sanskrit word "Laksya", meaning "aim" or "goal," which the Harlem-based band strives to reach by achieving prosperity of a musical value in all of 8 tracks. The new album, LOVE, is the product of one exhausting, yet rewarding journey complete with ‘cuts, scratches, and cigarette burns’. The recording and mixing process, done at Harlem Flophouse and then later at Felix’s studio, The House of Tone, ended with a flow of sound amplified by more textural qualities: close-knit rhythm sections, soul-drenched vocals, and storylines about love: both wanting and losing it.
Exciting news for fans of Big Sean and actress Naya Rivera ("Big Saya"): the couple is engaged! The glee star made the announcement last night as she walked the red carpet of Latina Magazine’s “Hollywood Hot List” party, while flashing a gorgeous diamond engagement ring .
The two have been dating for a mere six months; they met through a flirtatious Twitter exchange and instantly fell in love (Aww).
Congrats to the cute couple!
See Naya’s engagement ring below:
The bestselling book, “Fifty Shades of Grey”, is on it's way to the big screen, set to release next year. Author E.L James announced the highly anticipated film adaptation on Monday, while also revealing the actors who will play the main characters.
Dakota Johnson will star as Anastasia Steele and Charlie Hunnam as Christian Grey. Johnson is best known for her small role in the Oscar winning film the Social Network, while Hunnam is known for his role in the series Sons of Anarchy .
The world can be an isolating place sometimes. And in this fast-paced world of ours, mindfulness, and acts of kindness are ever-more necessary to brighten, beautify, and strengthen our human bonds with one another. Here are some nifty ways to get the kindness rolling:
Treat Someone to the Movies
The price of a NYC movie ticket is somewhat horrifying--even for a mantinee. Such steep numbers usually leave us saying, "I guess I’ll watch it on my computer screen." Therefore, as a special act of kindness (both to yourself as well as whoever you invite), get tickets to go out to a movie and enjoy briefly pausing time, along with any concerns or stressors. Enjoy a laugh, and a little cry, at Woody Allen’s new film Blue Jasmine.
It’s Pouring; Share Your Umbrella
We have all been in this situation: we simply forgot to check AccuWeather in the morning and, alas, it is raining outside. Now your blownout hair or newly pressed polo is in imminent danger of ruin. How amazing would it be if someone (hopefully cute!) came up to you and asked if you would like to share his/her umbrella? That’s what we thought, pretty damn amazing. So the next time you are stuck in a rain shower, check out who might be in need and help a sister (or brother) out.
Give Up the Gossip
It’s an interesting dichotomy: it's alright to talk about so-and-so’s ridiculous haircut or that pretentious t-shirt your roommate keeps rocking, and yet it is unjustifiable and distressing to think of anyone gossiping about us. We get it, we're not entirely innocent either--gossip seems to slip so innocuously into conversations we don’t even notice what we are doing. It is impossible not to discuss mutual friends and acquaintances in conversation, but this can be used as a perfect opportunity to be kind and feel good about yourself as well. Just say positive things; all of a sudden the tone of the conversation switches to a much more meaningful, fun, and *fuzzy* place.
Ask Someone About His/Her Culture with Genuine Interest
NYC’s immensely cosmopolitan population isn’t just advantageous for our cuisine selections; it’s also auspicious for expanding our cultural and historical knowledge (and bone up on our Jeopardy trivia while we are at it). Asking someone about themselves in a non-superficial way—not that “where’d you get that cute dress?” is superficial, per se—but discussions about a person’s family and traditions will make them feel special, interesting, and bring up those nostalgic memories of family traditions. Aren’t you kind?
Public Poetry for the Brave
This is a little bit of a controversial one, but we bet you’re a bit of a rebel anyway, so here we go: read a poem or two out loud on public transportation vehicles (i.e. bus, train). Here us out: us New Yorkers are all too familiar with the, uh, outbursts of opinions on the train, but what if someone (read: you) were to deliver a mini poem for your cart to hear? How delightful! And ok, public speaking is not for everyone, isn’t that right Bashful? But we have an adorable solution for you: consider bringing sticky notes with you and posting a couple poems or just nice quips in random places like a public bathroom mirror, car windshield, or a Duane Reade shelf. Nothing beats happening upon an anonymous love quote in this whirlwind city.
Leave a Used Book in a Public Domain
We are guilty as charged of pursuing this kindness with books we have read and really enjoyed. Instead of lugging these treasures around, why not donate them or be a little sneaky and leave them on a bus/train for someone else to enjoy on those long commutes? They will have an emotional journey while on their physical journey: Got ‘em!
Love is all you need, and that 4G mobile internet access won’t hurt either! Everyone knows dating can be a little stressful, awkward, and maybe unnecessary sometimes, but hey, it’s a part of life and no one wants to do that whole thing alone. In a big city like New York, LA, or basically anywhere, it can be hard to meet new people and establish relationships, especially if you’re new in town. Having a significant other is like winning the friend lottery, because they can introduce you to new places and faces, all while making you feel all warm inside. However, don’t fret, dating is now a little less dubious thanks to online websites and lately, mobiles apps. Wa-hoo!
You work all week, endure endless douchebaggery and idiocy, and restrain your nocturnal vivacity until the calendar reads Friday—only to be rewarded with the vapid, ravenous gauntlet of bar-light romance. These spurious, oft-desperation laden affairs commence and end within the warzone of nightclub communication. This mine-ridden field of conversation suffers from drunken logic, noise pollution, and toxic levels of loneliness—oftentimes resulting in commiserations of half-truths, flattery, and general, coquettish pandering. The subsequent hangover of disappointment, regret, and cavalier nostalgia creates a cycle of despair and frustration that continually leaves the lonesome adventurer jaded.
Eight years ago, Teresa Rivera was a New York City bartender. She dished out cocktails from behind the counters of budding neighborhood bars and bustling nightclubs. While filling glasses with cold hard liquor, Rivera discovered that she had a knack for connecting patrons, making it possible for individuals to find someone to charismatically fall in love with or to have a one-night-stand with. Her familiarity with crowds, and optimism in her guests’ ability to find love, propelled her to use matchmaker magic.
It was only a matter of time before Rivera permanently traded in her cocktail apron for Cupid’s bow and arrows. She took the knowledge that she gained from navigating the NYC bar/dating scene to draft a website that promotes connectivity online and offline. Barstalk.com, impart a bar guide and a dating site, employs filtering software, which will help individuals decide what they would like in a bar and in a partner.
Of Monsters and Men is a folk/indie/pop group from Reykjavik, Iceland who is taking the world by storm. The six-piece band is made up of Nanna Bryndis Hilmarsdottir (acoustic guitar, vocals), Arni Guojonsson (accordion, keys), Brynjar Leifsson (electric guitar), Kristjan Pall Kristjansson (bass), Ragnar Porhallsson (acoustic guitar, vocals), and Arnar Rosenkranz Hilmarsson (drums).
They were the winners of The Icelandic Music Experiments: Musiktilraunir, a nationwide Icelandic battle of the bands, where they received wide acclaim for their debut single, Little Talks. It’s catchy, upbeat fun song about two lovers being parted, that takes turns between female, male, and group vocals. The band spent most of 2010 playing festivals and shows all over Iceland and Holland with requests to play gigs from the United States to England and Australia.
Aaaah the wonderful world of dating and being single. It seems no matter what part of the country (or world) men are from, they tend to make the same mistakes when it comes to dating. While I'm sure women do some pretty obnoxious things as well, this piece is for all the guys out there. From a woman's perspective --here's what you're doing wrong. Now is not the time to get offended or defensive, now is the time to listen. I know that may be difficult, but sometimes it's wise to just shut up and take some sound advice. Trust me, it's for your own good. So here are 11 reasons why you never made it to date number two or second base:
A major must-have this summer is Bobbi Brown's Beauty Rules. Beauty may be the headlining title, but the underlying message goes far beyond the exterior. As we read her words, we were astonished at how frequently she emphasizes the small factors in life and how they play into everyone's natural beauty. We also loved the foreword by Hillary Duff!
Bobbi Brown not only focuses her profession on make-up, but she channels her most heartfelt beliefs through her art. In this book, you will definitely become a bigger Bobbi Brown fan than ever! A few things Bobbi Brown focuses on are her ten basic life rules, which center around the simplest things in life such as being nice, working hard, taking risks, never giving up, telling the truth, and being open.