Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Featured Model: Simone Small

Simone Small is a Canadian model of Guyanese and Barbadian descent. She is primarily represented by Elite Model Management in Cape Town, South Africa, Ice Model Management, and a few other agencies.









Images from: Fashion Model Directory, Ice Model Management, and Studio83

Featured Model: Oreintha Russell

Oreintha Russell is a beautiful Jamaican model. She is represented by Pulse Investments in Jamaica and D1 Models in London.

She has modeled for L'Oreal, Van P, Sado, Sorg, and PPQ.






Images and information from: Pulse Models and Pichaus.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The Chronicles of Young Dmitry Medlov: V4

Ok. My day just got brighter, since one of my favorite authors is back. I'm not complaining.

I completely empathize with writers, especially self-published authors because the process is more involved. 

Latrivia S. Nelson just released the fourth volume to The Chronicles of Young Dmitry Medlov (The Medlov Crime Family Short Stories Series). This latest book follows the journey of the notorious mob boss on his way to power.

Synopsis:

-"Now a widower, Dmitry Medlov’s life has completely changed. Wealthy beyond his wildest dreams, his aspirations quickly move from more money to more power. Only the power he seeks is held by the commanding and elusive Czar of the underworld, Boss Smirnov.

When Dmitry successfully talks the underboss and the all-knowing eye of the underworld, Khalid, into arranging a meeting between he and Boss Smirnov, he has no idea what troubles he is about to face. There are secrets that will be exposed in Prague that will forever change his young life again, leading to a decision that will rock the underworld for good. 

Meanwhile, back in London, the city is buzzing about the deaths of the entire board of directors of Dmitry’s newly acquired business, Hutton Industries, minus the company’s former front man, who was involved in a gruesome home invasion that left him blind, deaf, mute and paralyzed. 

With no witnesses, leads or proof combined with the botched attempt on his own life during the horrid chain of events, Dmitry is looked over as a person of interest by Scotland Yard and is given carde blache to turn his new private company into his personal money laundering hub right under the public’s nose with the help of his Africa girlfriend, Oxford University senior and business genius, Elsa. And it’s just in time for his new secret alliance with the leaders of a powerful paramilitary sect led by Elsa’s father in Angola, Africa. 

Dmitry’s new found power creates a checkmate for his ambitions to be boss but puts a target squarely on his back by not only organized crime heads around the world but also by his own brother, Ivan. Secret alliances are formed. Money is exchanged, and a definite war is looming. Only no one is willing to give up as much as Dmitry is to be king.

Read the last volume of the first book, The Chronicles of Young Dmitry Medlov and witness the heart stopping rise of a giant and everything that he’s willing to do to become the world’s most powerful and deadly boss. -"

Visit the author's website or Amazon.com to purchase the ebook.

You can also check out her other books. I'll work on doing a follow-up post to the books that I've read.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Being Non-Confrontational Isn't Necessarily Bad

I don't know about most people, but I prefer to stay well-grounded. Staying calm and maintaining a positive attitude is what I consider to be a daily goal.

I can admit that:

1.) I am introverted.
2.) I absolutely do not like confrontations.
3.) I view things as being "half-full" rather than being "half-empty."
4.) Whatever you do, whether good or bad, you will be rewarded according to your actions. This is also known as karma.
5.) If you piss me off, then it's on.

Just because you don't like confrontations, doesn't mean that you can't stand up for yourself or other people. It simply means that you are more level-headed, and willing to listen. You eventually learn that you can't save everyone or fix everything. You can't take everything seriously.

Sometimes when people consider you to be nice, meek, or humble, they take advantage of you. This is when you have to give them a reality check. Letting them know you are not their gofer, their doormat, or the toilet tissue that they wipe their asses with. Whether you are running a business, or trying to make it one day at a time, you realize that people will always try to get over on you.

Take this clip about Tyra Banks on "Dinner With The King" for example:



Now, I realize that some people may be passive-aggressive. How do you know if you are?

According to the Counselling Directory:

"Passive aggressive behaviour takes many forms but can generally be described as a non-verbal aggression that manifests in negative behavior. It is where you are angry with someone but do not or cannot tell them. Instead of communicating honestly when you feel upset, annoyed, irritated or disappointed you may instead bottle the feelings up, shut off verbally, give angry looks, make obvious changes in behaviour, be obstructive, sulky or put up a stone wall. It may also involve indirectly resisting requests from others by evading or creating confusion around the issue. Not going along with things. It can either be covert (concealed and hidden) or overt (blatant and obvious). "

-This is a whole other issue.

Getting back...

Sometimes, you will need to get stern, loud, angry, or downright ugly with some people in order for them to take you seriously. It's okay. Don't hold everything in.

From what I have learned it's essential to maintain a balance. If more people would actually listen, think, and demonstrate respect then a great deal of heated situations would be averted.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Episode 11: The Exes by The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl

Here is the latest episode for ABG!

This episode had me cracking up.

Synopsis:

J goes to see CeCe to mend their friendship after not showing up to a party in favor of going on a date with White Jay. The date didn't end well. While talking to CeCe, J reflects on her previous relationships/ dates.

**J's drunken version of A at 8:10 looked so fine. This series is the best! Too bad the season finale is January 12, 2012.

Episode 11: The Exes



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