Born on April 16th 1971, Selena Quintanilla Perez (best known as Selena) was an American singer and songwriter. She was the "top Latin artist of the 90's", "Best selling Latin artist of the decade" and was labeled " The Queen of Tejano"!
Selena started showing an interest in singing at the age of three years old. When she turned six, she could sing in English and Spanish even though she could not speak Spanish at all.
In 1984 Selena's father moved his family to Corpus Christi. She recorded her first album called Selena Y Los Dinos - also the name of the musical group her father created. In 1986, Selena y Los Dinos released the album Alpha followed by Muñequito Ee Trapo. Also in 1986, Selena was discovered by two huge names in the Tejano Music Industry: Rick Trevi founder of the Tejano Music Awards and Johnny Canales the host of one of the top Spanish television shows. Selena y Los Dinos released three more albums in 1987 and 1988 (And The Winner Is . . . ; Dulce Amor; and Preciosa.
In 1986 at the Tejano Music Awards, Selena went on to win the Best Female vocalist award; an award she won several times.
In 1989, EMI President Jose Behar attended the Tejano Music Awards. He saw Selena perform and win. He later signed her to EMI Latin. She then released an album titled "Selena". The album featured such songs as Besitos, Contigo Quiero Estar and Sukiyaki (a cover of Kyu Sakamoto's 1963 hit). The same year she also became a spokesperson for Coca Cola.
In 1991, her duet with Salvadoran singer Alvaro Torres "Buenos Amigos" (Good Friends) became her first number one song. The next year, she released Entre a Mi Mundo (Enter My World) which went gold. Entre a Mi Mundo contained what was to become one of her biggest songs Como La Flor (Like The Flower).
Selena married Chris Perez, the lead guitarist of Los Dinos, on April 2nd, 1992.
In 1993, she won a Grammy for Best Mexican-American performance for her album Selena Live. Also in 1993, she began designing and manufacturing a clothing line. She opened two Selena Etc. boutiques; one in Corpus Christi and one in San Antonio.
Her album Amor Prohibido (Forbidden Love) was nominated for another Grammy. She made appearances in the Latin soap opera Dos Mujeres, Un Camino. Her duet with the Barrio Boyzz "Donde Quiera Que Estés" (Wherever You Are) hit number one on Billboard’s Hot Latin Tracks.
In 1995 Selena was gunned down by a her fan club president and manager of her boutiques, Yolanda Saldivar. She was embezzling money from the fan club and her Etc. account. Selena was 23 years old when she died just 17 days away from her 24th birthday. That summer the album "Dreaming of you" was released, a combination of English and Spanish songs.
Selena's death not only devastated the Latin community, but it left a whole nation in mourning.
FEAR IS THE ENEMY OF LOVE!
Surviving a breakup can be both draining and hurtful. The fear of being hurt again can create a wall in front of your heart. This is very normal, yet very damaging because although you are protecting yourself you are also blocking the possibility of finding true love. Here are a few things to consider.
Do you want it? First, ask yourself if you want a relationship because not everyone has the desire to commit.
Self evaluate: Stop the blame game. Take a look at yourself and address the issues that you may have. Not all failed relationships are the other person's fault. You can not control what someone does to you, but you have control over yourself. How can you make yourself better as a person?
Be happy: Before you start a relationship make sure that you are happy within first. Your mate should add to your happiness not completely supply it.
Be open: Yes you were hurt, but that is the chance we take in life. Don't shut down and close yourself off from the world. Learn to accept what comes and find a strategy to deal with it.
Be positive: Love is a beautiful thing that is not always perfect and this is ok. Don't let your bad moment turn into a bad day. You have the control!
Keep going: You may fail and so what! Try again and again, but every time be more cautious and aware. Real love is worth fighting for, but only when you are your first love.
Of course if you feel overwhelmed please seek professional help.
It is the end of January and you can't seem to fit any exercise into your busy schedule! We've got something that will help you to get it in and hopefully create a healthy habit. Try the workout we've posted below. It should take about 20-30 minutes (depending on how long you rest in between exercises) and it will jump start your day. No time in the morning? No problem! Try doing it in the evening when everything has settled. You could even split the workout in half.
It may be a little rough in the beginning if it has been a while since you've engaged in any physical activity, but don't give up. Cut down some of the reps if it seems too much in the beginning and then work your way up. The idea is to get moving!
Of course with any physical activity, be sure you are able to participate and if you have any questions contact your physician.
The struggle to cover dark circles is definitely real. We spend money buying all types of concealers, using self made home remedies and the key to fix this problem has been right in our make-up bag. I recently saw an article on using red lipstick to cover dark spots and so I decided to see for myself. To my surprise the results were astonishing! It actually works better than any of the concealers I've tried in the past. I recommend that you try this method and see if it works for you.
The results may leave you speechless!
THE SENSATIONAL NINA ITURRALDE!
Being the aggressive " go getter", Nina M Iturralde (also known as 9na Michele) has always set high standards for herself. At the age of thirteen Nina walked into her first fashion show. While taking a break from modeling, Nina returned back to the industry in 1998 landing her first gig with L'Oreal. From there she has been blessed with superior success working with well known artists/actors such as MC Lyte, Kandi Burruss, and Johnny Gill. She has worked for major companies such as Coke, T-Mobile, and Motions. Nina has the cover shot for the February 2011 issue of GlamModelz Magazine, as well as the book "Second Place Women Come in 1st". This lovely lady was also the face for Smirnoff advertising.
Verbal abuse can be difficult to detect at times, but it is pretty common in a lot of relationships. A word does not have to be harsh to hurt. Anything said to attempt to control, punish, or manipulate is as much harmful as any physical abuse.
It's easy for you to identify physical abuse because we all know when we've been hit. You don't have to get a second opinion because the bruises are there but with emotional damage the scars are internal. Self esteem does not appear on the outside nor does a broken spirit. Here are some key warning signs:
RESPONDING TO VERBAL ABUSE
If your spouse or the person you are closest to consistently verbally abuses you and dismisses your feelings, you will begin to see yourself as a non-factor, irrelevant, and not worthy of good treatment. When you finally wake up and realize that you are being verbally abused you need to also become aware that you should work on changing your situation. Here are some steps you can take if faced with verbal abuse:
There is never an excuse for abuse.
You should never feel that it is your fault. Communicate to your abuser and let them know how hurtful their words are and discuss with them the fact that it is unacceptable to you. Set boundaries on what you will and will not accept from your abuser.
Seek counseling either together or separately.
Get yourself a support system of family and friends. Let them know what is happening and how you are feeling.
If the verbal abuse escalates to physical abuse, then leave.
Your personal safety is far more important than the relationship.
Do not engage in conflict with your abuser.
If your spouse becomes angry stay calm, walk away and, don't give him/her what they want…a reaction from you.
Take back your power.
If you react to the abuser, then you are rewarding them. You are letting them know they have power over your emotions. Don't allow the abuser to have control over how you feel.
Leave the situation!
If setting boundaries, getting therapy, and refusing to respond to the abuse doesn't work, then it is time to consider walking away. There are times when the best thing you can do for yourself is break all ties with your abuser. Stay in close contact with your support system and focus on learning good coping skills.
The Faces of Beauty Extravaganza is a charity auction featuring singles to raise money for the Faces Of Beauty Foundation.
Their mission is to support and enrich the lives of victims of domestic abuse by providing awareness, products, services and scholarships with programs that help promote goodwill, confidence, and strength of the human spirit to women and children. Their primary services involve providing scholarships to children who lost their parents to domestic violence. Each year Ponch Cosmetics host Faces Of Beauty Extravaganza to help raise money to fund these initiatives and the event was held December 20th at the Longview Maude Cobb.
View Woman was there for it all! The contestants were amazing and the event was a huge success. People came from all over and they were dressed to impress. There were several business vendors in attendance and the atmoshpere was simply marvelous! If you missed this year's event, there is no need to worry because the Third Annual Faces Of Beauty Extravaganza is coming to a city near you!
K.Graves, View Woman
We can get so caught up in what makes us most comfortable that we lose sight of appealing style. Playing it safe with the common black, white and brown. Add a twist to your routine wardrobe and show a little pizzazz!
Fashion should be creative, somewhat exciting , and sometimes, that means stepping out of your style comfort zone by including tasteful bold pieces into your look. You don’t have to go overboard. Instead, work on taking a chance with one new standout piece at a time. Here are a few examples.
1. Visible socks
Allow knee-high printed socks to peek out of the perimeter of your boots when you wear them with a calf-grazing skirt or dress. If you’re feeling fierce, swap the boots for a pair of round-toe pumps.
2. A jumpsuit
This fashion-forward piece adds instant edge to your wardrobe. Find one that fits your style and wear it in different ways all winter long. Pair it with a long cardigan if you’re feeling intimidated
3. The come-back backpack
The cool-again backpack isn’t at all like the knapsack that you carried around in middle school. The trendy versions replacing handbags this season are sleek and chic. Opt for a leather look in a stylish neutral. Toss your tote this weekend and carry this around instead.
4. A multi-media jacket
A jacket that mixes materials, like leather and printed fabric, makes for an anything-but-ordinary piece of outerwear. Allow whatever cool coat you pick to stand out by pairing it with an overall laid back look.
5. Leather bottoms
Most ladies assume that they can’t pull off leather bottoms, which is why we’re suggesting a skirt rather than skinnies. A faux skirt still has the ultra edgy effect of leather pants but is easier to wear.
6. A wide-brim hat
‘Tis the season to put a hat on it, especially the trending wide-brim, floppy styles we’ve been seeing as of late. Take advantage of this chic piece on your next bad hair day.
7. A wild print
Every girl needs a least one statement making print of pattern in her closet. Find a going out top that makes a statement. You can’t go wrong with leopard.
MRS. CORETTA SCOTT KING!
Coretta Scott King was born April 27, 1927 in Heiberger, Alabama. She initially attended elementary in a one room schoolhouse, but was later bused to Lincoln High School where she graduated as valedictorian in 1945. She excelled in music and played the trumpet, piano, and sang in the choir many times appearing as the soloist. She went on to study music at Antioch College in Ohio and earned a Bachelors of Arts degree in music and education.
Her stand on racial issues were strong even while she attended college. Coretta was denied the opportunity to practice teaching at Yellow Springs schools while attending Antioch College. She took her complaint all the way to the president of the college, but was denied. It was advised that she go apply to black schools in local towns. She declined and decided on working in the Antioch laboratory.
Coretta received a grant and scholarship to attend the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston and worked as a housekeeper to pay for her expenses.
That year she met Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at Boston University and the two begin dating, but it wouldn't be long before they would speak of marriage. She was married June 18, 1953 and received her second degree in violin and voice shortly after.
Coretta Scott King became an American civil rights activist and the wife of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. She worked side by side with her husband and played a very strong role in the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Coretta was a very prestigious wife. She took care of their four children as well as offer support to Dr. King in his quest to promote equal rights for everyone. Following her husband's death she founded the Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta, Georgia.
Mrs. King carried on her husband's legacy as well as his leadership role and spoke for him at the March on Washington. Coretta passed away in August of 2005 holding the title of one of the most respected and infuential women of all time.
Reference: New Georgia Encyclopedia
YOU ARE ENOUGH!
So many people struggle with acceptance and the fear of being alone. What is so terrible about being with just you? How can you expect someone to enjoy spending time with you if you do not? Here are five reasons why you are enough!
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