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Finding Ways to Say Goodbye in An Honorable Fashion

It’s our new normal for the unforeseeable future, standing in lines outside of grocery stores, wearing masks and gloves are now part of our daily attire, and minds are flooded with all-things coronavirus related as it is the top news story on every channel. A large population of the world is quarantined inside doing TikTok challenges, working from home, working out, stress eating, finding new hobbies, sleeping the days away, teaching their children, and worrying if they will run out of money. People are losing jobs, 401ks, and tens of thousands are being infected every other day.

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Honoring Powerful Women During National Women's History Month

March is National Women’s History Month. It encourages us to honor the women who came before us and fought for equality among all races and genders. Hundreds of women have paved the way and continue to pave the way for millions of women today. They simply pass the torch to the next woman.

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The Tate Brothers: A Power Team

WHO SHOT GHOST? Wasn’t the question that was being asked when episode 614 premiered. The questions were surrounding Councilman Rashad Tate and the actor who plays him, Larenz Tate. I scrolled Twitter as #Tate was the #1 trending topic in the world, and I saw everything from “who is Larenz Tate” to “OMG his brother in the show is actually his REAL brother”. But the best quote I saw came from a fan that read:

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Visit Houston: Give Your Family Something to Talk About

After some hugs, a few laughs, and a good meal visiting family can get restless. A survey conducted by Motel 6 showed that the average American can tolerate their family for only 4 hours; with 75% saying that after 4 hours (3 hours and 54 minutes to be exact), they need a break from their families. Instead of lounging around waiting on them to return to their respective homes, distract them with the beauty of Houston. As residents of the fourth largest city in the South, we can sometimes take for granted all the gems our city has to offer and some of us may not even know everything in our backyard because we stay confined in our own little bubble. Use this holiday season to discover or reconnect to your city, all while giving you’re visiting family something to go home and talk about.

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Brian J. White Adds a New Title in Psycho Thriller

It is officially spooky season and what a better way to cap it off than with a psychological thriller, drama, comedy? Yes, the “Dear Frank” movie, a Muddy Waters Pictures & Webber Films production is shaking up Hollywood with a merge of genres that hasn’t been seen. The drama centers on Brian White (“Moonlight,” “Stomp the Yard”) as husband, Frank, and Claudia Jordan (“Middle Men,” “Love is Not Enough.”) as his wife, Beth.

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Effective Use of Social Media: 5 Tips for Small Businesses

While the digital world has proven to be lucrative, it can be a scary place for small businesses. Everyone is selling something; how do you compete with the conglomerates? Where do you get funds to hire influencers? Then you make your own mistakes: posting low quality content, inconsistency, not giving the customer information to make a sale. It can make you feel like an ant on a football field. If this is how you feel have no fear, Tay Mitch is giving you five tips to effectively utilize social media for business.

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Mental Health and Social Media - Mental Health and Social Media

Although fentanyl has been around since 1960, it became infamous in 2016. According to the National Center of Drug Abuse, in 2016, fentanyl and analogues were the most common cause of overdose deaths in the United States at more than 20,000, about half of all opioid-related deaths. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 80-100 times stronger than morphine.

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Houston Comedian Brings the Funny to NBC

Bring the Funny, NBC’s newest show which aired on July, 9, 2019, is an American comedy competition series hosted by comedian Amanda Seales. Bring the Funny’s 10- episode series features 30 contestants of various comedy acts performing in front of an audience for a chance to win $250,000. (WOW!) Series judges include Kenan Thompson, Chrissy Teigen, and Jeff Foxworthy. Ali is the the only contestant out of Houston. However, don’t mistake him as a newcomer, this laugh out loud comedian is well known in the industry.

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Houston Spotlight: DeQuina Moore as Josephine Baker

DeQuina Moore Brings the Untold Josephine Baker Story to Houston’s Ensemble Theatre

Other than her famous banana dress or Keri Hilson’s performance in Pretty Girl Rock, today’s younger generations may not know much about the multi-talented Josephine Baker. The fact that Baker spent her youth in poverty before learning how to dance and eventually discovering success on Broadway is definitely an accomplishment to marvel over.

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How Do You Like Your Flower? Cauliflower That Is!

While red roses will be the highest selling flower this week, we are focusing on another type of flower in this edition of Eating with Style...Cauliflower. Cauliflower has risen to stardom faster than Cardi B. It is all the rave and a featured edible item. I know you have seen the IG pictures, Facebook posts, and tweets of everyone making cauliflower pizza. The carb replacing vegetable that was only seen on American tables as a steamed vegetable medley, today has endless possibilities.

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Houstonian Honors Youth at 18 Under 18 Brunch

We have songs, books, speeches, and more about how the youth are our future; yet there is still a disconnect. If you were to speak to a young person they will tell you from their vantage point that communication is the disconnect. Adults seldom listen to children. Our youth go to extremes to get the attention of adults and its just sad.

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Bit By The Travel Bug, Now What? 6 Things You Should Expect When Traveling Internationally

According to most Instagram accounts, international travel is common. However, contrary to popular belief, international travelers are still a minority group. Now maybe the royal wedding put you in the position to get bit by the travel bug. Maybe it’s those Facebook ads with the most succulent fruit, and refreshing blue waters you have ever seen, or maybe it’s just your time to travel. Either way, if you have your passport in hand and you’re standing in the customs line, or you’re on a website looking for your first international trip, we want you to #TravelWithStyle by reading a couple of our tips.

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Art, Beats, and Lyrics Brings Entertainment and Dollars to Aid Ongoing Relief Efforts

It's a vibe! Art, Beats & Lyrics presented by Jack Daniel's Tennessee Honey brought its talents to Houston! The traveling lifestyle experience was hosted by Minute Maid Park, home of our World Series champions; The Houston Astros. The event featured visual masterpieces as well as interactive talents, technology and more from renowned artist across the country. Couple that with some live DJ's including Houston's own DJ Big Reeks of The Waxaholics, a headlining set from the legendary, hip-hop producer and DJ: Mannie Fresh; and a donation to benefit devastated Hurricane Harvey areas and you have captured the essence of AB+L.

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Riding In the 2017 Toyota Prius Prime On a Generations Deep Adventure

It’s no secret that 2017 has been a rollercoaster of a ride for me. From January till Hurricane Harvey decided to close out the fiscal year with mass flooding, it seemed as if I was starring in a Lemony Snicket's series of unfortunate events. Dealing with one life altering circumstance can weigh one down. Adding multiple issues can allow despair to creep in, depression can overtake strength, and giving up all together seems like the best option. But I, including my family, am just not built that way. Weak is not in our vocabulary. Qualities like holding each other accountable for our actions, having a fierce loyalty to the ones we care about, and being so loving that we allow it to conquer all.

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Fill Up Your Food Tank Without Emptying Your Wallet at The Oceanaire

So, we are well into week 3 of Houston Restaurant Weeks (HRW) and are rounding third bringing it home. But, before we do let’s recap week two! Of course, with every #EatingWithStyle segment that I write, I want to bring you something out of the norm.

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Power Up with Tommy, Julio, Dre and AT&T

AT&T has become known as the brand to mobilize your world. But this past weekend in Houston AT&T brought the power to our world in the form of Joseph Sikora, J.R. Ramirez, and Rotimi Akinosho. The cast of the highly rated #1 program on Starz “Power” was in town for an exclusive meet and greet with fans of the show. And of course, Houston Style Magazine was there to learn a little more about the guys and now you will too.

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Chicks With Class Is More Than Just Brick and Mortar

I think it is safe to say that we have so many issues going on in the world that we can rarely focus on just one. There’s food shortages, illness, old age, death, terrorism, political unrest, and more that challenges humans on a daily basis. Because of this our youth, our future, can get lost in the turmoil. Adults are “adulting,” or at least trying to, and it becomes harder and harder to raise healthy/mentally healthy children. This is why businesses like Chicks with Class are so important.

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What’s Love Got to Do With Paris?

Have you ever been played? Have you ever had your heart broken? Think back to the first time that you found out Santa Clause wasn't real, or the first time your parents broke their promise to you.

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Beauty Mentors

Its seems like this world is more than adults can handle. Left and right there are so many issues to tackle. Killings, wars, fighting, food shortages are every where. Adults can't even adult anymore. If adults can barely handle this world, how much more can children? Kids are committing homicides and suicides at alarming rates. Depression is running rampant amongst our youth. This is why it is so important to have organizations like Beauty Mentors to assist our youth and bring them up as model citizens in the society that we now live.

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Laurenzo’s: Continuing the Tradition of Food and Family

Walking into the new location of Laurenzo’s Bar & Grill in Midtown and there is only one reaction to be had, “Wow!” It is something that is so unexpected but quickly becoming the norm with the revitalization of the area that is attracting a younger crowd and anyone who wants to have a great time.

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Burning Sands Has a Familiar Face In a Surprising New Role

The little sister from Everybody Hates Chris moved on to embody Olympic Medalist Gabby Douglas, and has now blossomed into a young woman starring in her first role as a love interest.

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You Don’t Have the Answers

In life, questions constantly swirl our minds. Some we can answer but let’s face it most questions we really can’t answer. Who do we turn to when we have more questions than answers? Some look to a higher authority like parents, mentors, trusted confidants, and those with expertise. What if all those people were all gathered in one place just for you to give you the answers for which you search? The annual Answer Conference is that event that brings those with the knowledge and experience to answer life’s burning questions.

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The Only Taylor Swift Show

Sadly we couldn’t obtain red carpet space for the Country turned Pop Princess, however, we were privileged to attend what might be THE ONLY Taylor Swift concert of 2017.

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And Nothing But The T.R.U.T.H. - Pre-Super Bowl Party

The lights at Hotel ZaZa weren’t the only things that were lit Friday night two days before Super Bowl LI! The Star-Studded Charity Event benefited the T.R.U.T.H. Project and AFCA (American Foundation for Children with Aids). While the Truth Project educates and mobilizes the LGBTQ communities of color through social arts that promotes mental, emotional, and sexual health; the AFCA provides support to infected and affected HIV+ children and their caregivers. Definitely a worthy cause to support, and boy did they support it.

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See the World On a Dime: Tips for Traveling On a Budget

I absolutely love to travel! It would be safe to say I suffer from wanderlust. It’s something about packing late, rushing to the airport, letting my seat back as soon as the plane takes off and sleeping thru most of the flight. International flights are even better!

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Allow Me to Reintroduce the Toyota RAV4!

Ask yourself, what do you really know about the Toyota RAV4? I’ll tell you what I know. According to industry rumors, the legendary famous hip-hop group TLC was given a RAV4 in the 90’s as pretty much the only payment for services. Additionally, Kanye West stated, “What you think I rap for? To push a RAV4?” Needless to say, everything I have known about the Toyota RAV4 pretty much was based from R&B music leading me to believe that the crossover SUV was an uncool vehicle to drive. So what happened when I got older? I never even thought twice about the Toyota RAV4. Until now!

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Celebrate National Cupcake Day

Today is December 15 and it is National Cupcake Day! There are 1234 (a play on the recipe) reasons why I love cupcakes. The individual servings of the miniature cakes were specifically made for foodies like me! Because I love a variety of flavors, why succumb to one cake, when I can have multiple in one batch. I thought I had tasted all varieties of cupcakes until I hosted the launch of a boutique cupcake company from Houston entitled: Forever Yours Creations LLC. Here are three reasons why you should celebrate #NationalCupcakeDay, and any other day that requires cupcakes, the Forever Yours Creations way!

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Your Signature Sipz: The Co-Star of Every Great Meal

What makes a good meal great? Your accompanying beverage to wash all that flavor down. This week’s culinary makes shines like your drinks, the co-star to every great meal. I give you Drinking with Style!

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Shakin’ with ShakeShack

The first time I heard about Shake Shack I was in Bronx, New York. It was a cold fall day and I was told, “if you were a REAL burger queen, you would know what the famous Shake Shack is.”

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Sally Beauty Going to Great Lengths to Make You Beautiful

Do you want to know what's cool? A company that provides an expo so that their store managers and district leaders can educate/re-educate themselves on familiar products, new products, and changing trends in beauty. That's exactly what Sally Beauty did this past weekend in Dallas, Texas when they invited over 800 store managers, district leaders, YouTubers, and influencers to their expo.

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East Coast, West Coast, Third Coast Houston

You have the East Coast, the West Coast, and now Houston has the Third Coast as we are cohesively making strides in medical science research and education.

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When The Bough Breaks: Not Your Typical Friday Movie Date Night

This Friday’s date night is about to be filled with suspense, drama, a whole heap of crazy! Morris Chestnut (Rosewood) and Regina Hall (Best Man Holiday) take you on a (year) long thriller journey. They show you marriage, baby fever, surrogacy, and mistakes in When The Bough Breaks.

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Autism Through a Child’s Eyes: Meet Peanut

Nehemiah Preston is my five-year-old nephew. My family affectionately calls him Peanut for his insane love of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Peanut is an extremely happy kid who is never found not smiling. He likes basketball and toy cars like most little boys. If you saw him from a far at a park with me your first thoughts would be, “That’s a happy kid.” You would never guess that happy kid was dealing with a disorder that affects one out of every 68 kids. Peanut has autism.

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Get Summertime Fine with the Queen of Abs

It's here! 2016 is finally here! Of course along with the New Year (no s on year) comes the "New Year New Me" status updates & tweets! But why not a new year new you?! Especially when it comes to fitness! Health is always important and as long as you are breathing, you always have time to get into shape! "Summer bodies are made in the winter", you hear, "don't you want to be summertime fine?"

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5 Ways to Turn Your Meeting From Ordinary to Extraordinary

Taking care of business does not have to be a bore by doing things the typical way. It is time companies and event planners really start to move away from the norm to give business travelers both the venue to handle business and the setting to vacay as well. Let me give the perfect example.

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Big Belly’s Burger: A Place Where Your Taste Buds Beg for More

If you know me then you know I love cheeseburgers! If Burger King had a "Burger Queen" then she would be me. You name it; I have tried it. From all the national chains like McDonalds, Burger King, Whataburger, etc. to Five Guys, In N Out, Champ, Sparkle, Miller, and Smashburger to portabella veggie cheeseburgers Leonard’s, a plethora of food-truck burgers, including the famous doughnut burger and Waffle Bus Cheeseburger - I've even had a goat cheeseburger in Europe! Yes you can call me the "Bubba Gump" of cheeseburgers.

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Fine Dining for Charity at Perry’s Steakhouse

Eating with Style Series

We are in the middle of Houston Restaurants Weeks (HRW). All dinners have to do is log on to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and see mouth watering pictures from foodies, armature foodies, newbies and more posting and hashtagging. More date nights are being made. More exotic lunches are being taken. Some ask, with over 100 restaurants participating why visit one that you've been too before? Well I have two reasons for you: atmosphere (experience) and charity.

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Build Your Brand From the Ground Up

Beyonce has already told us “diva is a female version of hustler.” In other words, a diva is a hard working woman who is all about handling her business. Texas Black Expo is bringing some of the baddest divas in the business to help other women build their brand and break barriers in an interactive exchange of ‘Diva Dialogue.’ Dubbed as one of the most highly anticipated events of this year’s expo, the panel of experts include queen of celebrity gossip, Necole Bitchie; 93.7 The Beat's radio personalities, Devi Dev and Angela Yee; and model and beauty expert, Lady Emmy. The ladies will engage in a lively discussion on some of the hottest topics impacting today’s modern women.

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Giving Survivors of Sexual Assault a Voice in Honor of National Sexual Abuse Awareness Month

April is National Sexual Abuse Awareness Month. Each year during the month of April, state, territory, tribal and community-based organizations, rape crisis centers, government agencies, businesses, campuses and individuals plan events and activities to highlight sexual violence as a public health, human rights and social justice issue to reinforce the need for preventative efforts.

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Spring Paleo Feast at Ruggles Black

My love for Ruggles (Ruggles Green) is no secret. All you have to do is venture to my Instagram and Im sure you will find a #Ruggles in every 10 pics. Ok maybe not that high of a frequency but everyone knows I love Ruggles. However, when Ruggles Black debuted in November, my life became so busy I didn't have time to visit.

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Carnival Cruise Ships: A Foodie's Playground

I am a Gold Member Carnival Cruiser, which really isn't saying much seeing how you could be considered one if you took four 7-day cruises. However, I take pride in being a gold member as a 5-time cruiser with only 6 more cruises

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St Plus sizWorlds Fire Model Joins Forces with Macy’s to Host Fall Fashion Show

Beauty definitely has a name, its Emme. The 5-foot-11, twice named People Magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People," is the world’s first plus-size model. Emme is a mother, television personality, author, lecturer, creative director for clothing lines, and a globally recognized women's advocate with a 20-year tenure. When she is not changing societies view one body image at a time, she is joining forces with major companies and hosting events like the one she held this past Saturday, Oct. 25th. Emme partnered with Macy’s to tour the country and host their Fall Fashion Show that catered to full-figured women.

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10 Life Changing Lessons Learned at Oprah’s The Life You Want Tour: Houston

I have to say I wasn’t feeling my best when I arrived at the Toyota Center to cover probably the biggest classroom held in the arena for the Oprah “The Life You Want Tour.” However, when I left the Toyota Center I was encouraged and empowered by Oprah and her Trailblazers (Rob Bell, Deepak Chopra, Iyanla Vanzant, and Elizabeth Gilbert). They transformed me and the audience via personal relatable experiences, thought provoking questions, and motivational stories.

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Dwight Howard: Exhibiting Model Behavior On and Off the Court

Less than 1% percent of NCAA basketball players make the NBA. The percentage is even lower for high school graduates who choose to forego college to enter the NBA draft.

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Summertime Fine: A Fashion Tale

Even when he isn’t making a movie, Tiny Lister usually plays the bad guy. As a paid spokesperson for Monster Energy Drink, Lister June 21st, 2014 was the official first day of summer.

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Houston's First Bike Share Program Celebrates 1 Year!

Happy Anniversary Houston B-Cycle!

On May 2, 2012 Houston joined San Antonio, Chicago, and 12 other U.S. Cities when Houston B-Cycle launched a pilot bike share program with only 18 bikes and three stations. On April 3rd, 2013 they went live with the program expanding to 21 stations and 175 bikes. A year later, they have 29 stations and over 220 bikes!

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Finding My Way to Sobriety: A Personal Tale of Alcoholism

“Hi, my name is Edward C. Whittaker* and I am a recovering alcoholic”; words I would have spoken had I ever stepped foot into an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. Instead I decided to allow my story to be shared with whoever is reading it now in hopes that I am able to reach some of you before it’s too late.

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Keke Palmer Adds Talk Show Host to Her Resume!

Keke Palmer partners wit BET and Mathis Productions to Reach Millenials

BET Networks has picked up The Keke Palmer Project (working title), which has been picked up for an initial four-week run. The show, which is set to target millenials, will premiere in July, airing Mondays-Fridays. Judge Greg Mathis, whose long-time Bet Networkssyndicated court show Judge Mathis is produced by Telepictures, is executive producing after being instrumental in bringing together the Warner Bros TV syndication division and Palmer.

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Lily Rain Opens Flagship Store in Rice Village

Lily Rain will showcase established and emerging designers

Houston, TX – On March 30th, Lily Rain unveiled its flagship location in historic Rice Village, one of Houston's oldest and best-loved shopping destinations since the 1930s.

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New Rules? Google Glass Invites You to "Explore!"

April 15th was a busy day for millions; it was Tax Day, the Boston Marathon Bombing 1 year anniversary, brought the Blood Moon eclipse, and launched Illmatic XX. For a select few, it was a chance to be apart of tech history. The "limited quantity" of wearable technology sold for one day only at $1500 per pair. Those who were fortunate to purchase the device will join a group of "Google Explorers" who purchased the device for beta testing last year. The face-mounted computer displays web content on a tiny screen with voice commands for picture taking, video recording, among many other functions. New Rules indeed!

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