NANCY WILSON: A Reader and Listener of Books ... More Than Music
Still carrying a legion of fans everywhere she goes, and a legacy of music to remain unequaled in intrinsic value, I will always remember the classic recordings of Nancy Wilson. How Glad I Am .... Guess Who I Saw Today ... The Way It Goes ... the list goes on and on, Nancy has recorded 70 albums. Find out why the triple Grammy-award winning Queen of the mic enjoys listening to books more than music these days, and much more. Check out Allaboutjazz.com's 5-Part interview with the ultimate and divine diva of song:
What better brand ambassador than President Barack Obama? With impeccable timing, watch maker Jorg Gray is again in demand for his custom watchmaking after President Obama was given a sporty black chronograph, a gift from his security detail. But can you buy it for your special guy? Not quite. For those hoping to sport the look, the Obama TAG Heuer watch was discontinued in 1998. A few Secret Service agents got together and gave the President a black-dialed chronograph, embellished with the Secret Service logo. The President likes it so much he wears it all the time, in place of his old TAG. The President likes Tag Heuer watches. This model the President wears is available only to Secret Service employees, at the store located in the Secret Service headquarters in Washington, D.C.
EASY SPARKLE: CASUAL TO DRESSY: Whether breakfasting at IHOP, lunching at an exclusive restaurant, attending a power dinner party, or just running around town in jeans and a tank top, hand-wrapped gemstones and crystals offer a fashionable look. The design easily swings from casual to dressy. Hand-wrapped gemstones and crystals give most other jewelry a run for the money in terms of originality, rarity, and sheer beauty. Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but white diamonds alone can be a bit boring. You need some color ... semi-precious colored gemstones are popping up more and more in fine faux jewelry. This is reportedly because consumers are spending less, and are considering fine faux jewelry over fine jewelry. Whether you like a simple, dainty, super thin chain -- or a thick, bold, chunky chain -- a big, sparkly semi-precious gemstone or crystal dangling around your neck will make a unforgettable jewelry statement. Fine gemstones and pearls are seriously sexy, but so are hand-wrapped gemstones ... true jewelry fashionistas are enouraged to experience wearing a gemstone or crystal wrapped in my CrystalHugger Twistwrap™ design.
Wearing (WLLTB) a strand of beautiful colorful 12-15mm hand-crafted Tom Boylan glass beads, (but have been reported to actually be kiffa African trade beads), and a pair of simple gold domed filagree studs, the always elegant, statesque, inspiring, motivating and thought-provoking Marian Edelman went about the business of delivering the 2008 Report of the Children's Defense Fund (CDF).
The Children's Defense Fund CDF is the foremost national proponent organization for policies and programs that provide children with the resources they need to succeed. In 1973, Edelman founded the Children's Defense Fund as a voice for poor, minority and disabled children. The organization has served as an advocacy and research center for children's issues, documenting the problems and possible solutions to children in need. To keep the agency independent, she saw that it was financed entirely with private funds.
Edelman was the first African American admitted to the Mississippi Bar. Edelman founded the Washington Research Project, a public interest law firm and also became interested in issues related to childhood development and poverty-stricken children. Edelman serves on the board of the New York City based Robin Hood Foundation, a charitable organization dedicated to the elimination of poverty and its scourge. According to the Children's Defense Fund's 2008 report, Protect Children, Not Guns, released in August, 2008 the most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveal that the first increase in deaths from gun violence of young people under the age of a20 since 1994 - occurred last year. The 2008 Report notes that this new data marks the first increase in such deaths since Congress allowed the assault weapons ban to expire in 2004. Since that time, Congress has passed no new laws to protect children and teens (specifically) from gun violence or to make it harder for guns to fall into the wrong hands. There is no right time for a gun to fall into the wrong hands.
Emotionally-charged situations frequently work themselves out over time, but that is not always allowed to happen when a gun is handy. Data shows that in emotionally-charged situations where guns are NOT available, there is less violent death. Guns are fast, immediate and final, and should never be available in situations where people's emotions are out of control. The data further showed that, overwhelmingly, in emotionally-charged situations When guns are part of the picture, the result is usually deadly. In mid-2009 a retired NFL player was killed in a murder/suicide by a gun that was purchased for $100 from a convicted felon. That one gun has devastated at least 20 other lives of friends and family members of the victims. It stands to reason that if every single time a gun is taken off the street it could prevent one occurrence such as this, it's worth it to incentivize gunowners to reconsider and insist that Congress make gunsellers regulate, with oversight.
First Black Woman to Run Fortune 500 Company The stock market likes Ursula Burns so much that her appointment as the new CEO of the Xerox Corporation led to a 2.2% one day increase in the company's stock price and applause from Xerox shareholders around the world.
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Considered to be one of the cradles of civilization, the Mesopotamian, or "Sumerian" culture flourished from the pre-pottery Neolithic (Hassuan) period of around 8,000 BCE, through the Late Bronze Age of around 1,200 BCE. Mesopotamian civilization relied on the life-giving rainfall of the region's "Fertile Crescent," and by the Ubaid period, around 5,000 BCE, village settlements began to spring up near the mouth of the Euphrates and Tigris rivers, in present-day southern Iraq.
JEWELRY ORIGINS HISTORY: The first great city of the Sumerian culture was Eridu (present-day Tell Abu Shahrain, Iraq), which may have been founded as early as 5,400 BCE. Until recently, it was believed that the Sumerians developed the first written language; this is now being attributed to the ancient Egyptians. After a long succession of ruling dynasties beginning with the First Dynasty of Kish, and ending with the Third Dynasty of Uruk, the first great empire arose in the land of Sumer. The Akkadian Empire was founded by Sargon of Akkad (aka: Sargon I, Sargon the Great) who ruled from 2270 to 2215 BCE.
The Etruscans lived in Etruria (western Tuscany, Italy) and were a non- Italic people whose culture was based largely on the Greek culture. The Etruscans had a profound influence on the Romans from the 7th century BC to the 5th century BC. They were eventually overcome by the Romans in the 4th and 3rd centuries BC.
No archaeological location has yielded more information about ancient Persian life than the excavations at Tillya Tepe ("Hill of Gold" or "Golden Mound"). The the hoard of "Bactrian gold" at Tillya Tepe (Tallya Tepe, Tillia Tepe or Talia Tappeh) consists of approximately 20,000 pieces of jewellery artifacts and gold ornaments that were found within six graves of five women and one man. The necropolis was first constructed around 1500 BC, possibly by a nomadic tribe that belonged to the indigenous Parthian or Scythian tribes, or to the distant Yuezhi royal dynasty from China.
Ancient civilizations adored gemstones and jewelry. They wore them, collected them and celbrated them. Many of the objects in the Imperial Crown Jewels of Persia were breathtaking, such as the Darya-i-Nur 'Sea of Light' diamond - a rare blue India's Golconda diamond that weighed 186 carats, which was owned by the last Great Mughal Emperor, Aurangzeb.
Marvelous work by jeweler Lorraine Schwartz. Who can ever forget world-class beauty and power maven Angelina Jolie in these spectacular 115 carat emerald earrings on the red carpet at the 2009 Oscars. Stunning.
And how much would these royal baubles cost ... try a cool million, or more. These stones have history. Rarely are emeralds this large, fine and inclusion-free seen outside of a museum setting.
The settings behind the gemstones are nearly invisible, all you see is emerald. The hue of green is captivating, and there aren't visible inclusions as would normally be the case in emeralds. The emerald has been a gem of fascination in many cultures for over six thousand years. It is so prized, that carat for carat, a fine emerald may be two to three times as valuable as a diamond. It was known that Emerald was a favorite gem of Cleopatra, the Queen of Egypt, and the Emerald mine in Upper Egypt, rediscovered a hundred years ago near the Red Sea, was one of the earliest Emerald occurrences in the human history. Emeralds also adorned Russian crown jewels. The Irani State Treasure contains an exquisite collection of Emeralds, as well as the Emerald tiara of ex-Empress Farah. Shah Jahan, one of the moguls of India that built the Taj Mahal, loved Emeralds so much that he had sacred texts inscribed into them and used these gemstones as talismans. The ancient writings of Veda, the sacred text of Hinduism, testifies to Emerald as being the “gem of good luck” and the “gem that improves one’s well-being”. Large, prized quality emeralds such as these are called “Mogul Emeralds." There was much lavish bling about on Oscar night ... much ... but Angelina in the Mogul Emeralds ... unforgettable.
The President and First Lady of the United States stepped out in superstyle on Inauguration Night. Michelle Obama looked like a Princess, and the President was beaming with pride. I wept with pride.
At least 20 times today I surfed over to www.whitehouse.gov ... just to bask in my new reality. I LOVE IT! My vote counted. I am infused beyond belief with faith, hope, pride, dedication, loyalty and a willingness to sacrifice what I must for the betterment of the world I live in.
The First Lady's jewelry accessories were classic and elegant. She chose to compliment her Jason Wu gown with jewelry from the Loree Rodkin gem collection. Mrs. Obama chose a set of white gold and diamond bangles, a pair of 60-carat white gold and triple rose cut diamond drop earrings, and white gold and black rhodium rose cut diamond ring with a 10 carat center stone, which she wore boldly on her left hand-middle finger, signaling a fresh, fun and youthful flair for stylish couture. The jewelry worn by Mrs. Obama will become part of the permanent jewelry collection of the Smithsonian Museum.
What an incredible week it has been. What an incredible time to be an American it is. Thank you God for your infinite grace. We have seen the power of the human heart filled with love today. Thank you for the blessing of brotherly and sisterly love among us, and for every second, every breath, and every day. Within hearts, minds and spirits, a truth it is ... we can be one. Yes we can.
WebMediaShare Feature: Mzuri Beads - Ugandan Paper Beads
Kristie Maclean is the executive director of an operation that I support and purchase beads from for my designs. When a person's heart and life circumstances allow them to travel and see the world, that is such a blessing, but when one dedicates their life to volunteering, and finds a life vocation helping others learn how to use their natural creativity to become indepdnent, bridge poverty and be self-sufficient, I recognize and admire that vision. I support the creativity of the women in Africa and their professional development by purchasing and creating design using the beads, my clients love the designs I make and purchase them, and everyone benefits. Women are hand painting ceramic beads, rolling paper beads, creating recycled glass beads, wood beads, resin beads and more in Ghana, Kenya, Uganda, and South Africa. These beads are beautiful and irresistable to many jewelrymakers like me, who are a never ending journey to find the most original and stylish beads. Each bead pattern and color combination is slightly different. I find all are unique. I have bought strands and then designed around the colors in the beads. They are beautiful, durable, colorful and very attractive as focus or accent beads. I am delighted to share information about these wonderful beads, if you bead, you should add them to your bead collection!
About the Beads: The beads are made from strips of magazines pages. The strips of paper are rolled around a needle and then varnished with a non-toxic glaze for a glossy and water resistant finish.
AND WHAT OF BEAUTIFUL THINGS ... have them and enjoy them. Beauty is a characteristic of a person, place, object or idea that provides a perceptual experience of pleasure, meaning or satisfaction. Beauty is studied as part of aesthetics, sociology, social psychology and culture. The subjective experience of "beauty" often involves the interpretation of some entity as being in balance and harmony with nature, which may lead to feelings of attraction and emotional well-being. "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder" is a common phrase that expresses this concept. In its most profound sense, beauty may engender a salient experience of positive reflection about the meaning of one's own existence. An "object of beauty" is anything that reveals or resonates with personal meaning. A piece of jewelry can hold intrinsic value that represents irreplaceable honor, memory and love.
Girls Hold Up This World
by Jada Pinkett-Smith, Donyell Kennedy-McCullough (Photographer)
A spirited book about the strength of girls and women. Woman power flows through this brightly colored photo-essay. The author, actress Jada Pinkett Smith, wants to discourage crippling feelings of self-doubt in young girls by stressing the importance of self esteem, inner strength, and teamwork. Girls, and women, of all different ages, sizes, and ethnicities, are shown together in full-color photographs. Jada will return to television on Time Heals, on TNT in the fall. She stars in the tv drama as a strong but caring director of nursing at Charlotte Mercy Hospital in North Carolina, a single mother who always puts others first. Pinkett-Smith's website is at: www.jadapinkettsmith.com.
CLASSIC TASTE IN JEWELRY ... Jada has impeccable taste in jewelry and sports her ROCK - a large and spectacular emerald cut solitaire white diamond. Heading to a television appearance, she allows a quick glimpse of her 20+ carat ring.
WEBMEDIA FEATURE: As Do Kobe and Vanessa Bryant ... Beyonce and Jay-Z Share An Appreciation for FINE GEMSTONES
Gorgeous songwriter, producer and entertainer extraordinnaire Beyonce Knowles-Carter finally flaunted her magnificent $5 million dollar wedding ring on the red carpet for Fashion Rocks at Radio City Music Hall. It marked the first time the singer, who quietly married her beau of many years, president and CEO of Def Jam and Roc-A-Fella Records and business entrepremeur Shaun Carter (Jay-Z) on 4 April 2008, has worn the sparkler to a public event. Knowles flashed the incredible ring briefly on the red carpet and again while performing a tribute to music Diva Etta James.
The value of the 18-carat, emerald-cut diamond diamond is reported to be over $5 million dollars.
Reportedly, neither Beyonce or Jay-Z have been big on wearing their wedding rings, and Jay was first spotted wearing his wedding ring in public on July 29. Knowles and her husband are very private and protective of their personal business, as they should be, and it's their prerogative if they want to, or do not want to publicly confirm their marriage. Jay obviously has a LOT of love for his wifey, and whomever picked the stone definitely has ultra classy tastes in gemstones!
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Michelle Obama with her daughters Sasha (L) and Malia during day one of the Democratic National Convention - August 25, 2008 in Denver, Colorado No matter whether it was part of the dress or an accessory added on later, the blue brooch positioned front and center on Michelle Obama's dress was the only jewelry she needed.
Michelle Obama wears triple strands of large, lustrous brown and buttercream pearls around her neck for a speech on Day 2 of the Democratic National Convention. The graduated beads contrast with her ensemble. She chose buttercream pearls for her earrings.
Michelle Obama speaks on behalf of her husband, Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama, during a campaign stop - February 18, 2008 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin Michelle Obama in a more casual look, wearing a delicate pendant necklace.
Michelle Obama watches her husband, Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL), during a campaign rally - June 3, 2008 in St. Paul, Minnesota Michelle Obama likes big pearls. Here she wears huge white pearls, a great match for the purple dress. The Azzedine Alaia belt creates total contrast of the purple and white.
While Barack is honored with the privilege of serving the United States as its President, Michelle looks forward to continuing her work on the issues close to her heart-supporting military families, helping working women balance work and family, and encouraging national service. "My first priority will always be to make sure that our girls are healthy and grounded," she says. "Then I want to help other families get the support they need, not just to survive, but to thrive. Policies that support families aren't political issues. They're personal. They're the causes I carry with me every single day."
Oprah is a woman who gives, and gives and gives. She loves. She cares. She has earned every ounce of respect she owns, spending her life working to make the lives or people all over the world better. She is also a woman who loves large pear cut diamonds. Viewers frequently speculate about how many different pairs of diamond earrings she regularly wears and how large (huge) they are? Her glorious pear diamond dangle earrings are most spectacular. They are hard to miss when she wears them, and she wears them frequently. It's entrancing to see her wearing them: 4 carat studs with 11 carat pear diamonds dangling down, sparkling and shimmering. Real bling. 30 carats total weight ... Nice! These particular earrings are so unforgettably beautiful they bring as much joy to those who see her wearing them as they bring to her. That's the magic of quality, sparkly gemstones working, and the magic never stops because the stones will NEVER stop sparkling. Rain, sunshine, happy day, sad day, mad SPARKLE ... for you. What must it be like to reach in your jewelry box and grab a pair of 30 carat diamond earrings ... and actually wear them. Thank you Oprah for sharing your gift of bling, sending the message that glamour is a good thing. We deserve it! Contact sales@CrystalsCrystals.com if you'd like to own a pair of lovely Oprah-inspired diamond earrings!
Why do you want to join Black Business Women Online?
Ms. Ann Dandridge, my public relations consultant, urged me to join for networking possibilities!
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custom designed hand-wrapped gemstone and crystal jewelry; graphic design, project management, webmedia development, entertainment media production
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I am a woman of great faith, great dreams, great blessings and many talents. I grew up on the South Side of Chicago, Ill., and have been a resident of Los Angeles, California since 1975. I have been a professional legal assistant since 1982, and a California Notary Public since 1987. I am a creative person from a creative family that includes writers, dancers, artists, musicians, and entertainers, many of which inspired me from a very young age. I have been a music publisher and ASCAP member since 1980, receiving two gold album certifications for songwriting for the S.O.S. Band. I have produced webmedia, including web design, media and webmedia development and graphic arts, and creating music video and dance programming, including writing, production, direction and editing for McCarey Media & Entertainment since 1988. I was a featured dancer on Soul Train (1976-1988), after which I produced, co-produced and hosted several cable music video and dance programs in Los Angeles: The International Children's Dance Hour, Rap, Rhythm & Reggae Video, Urban VideoCuts, and Video Starbox featuring Body Vibes, as well as several commuity and civic themed programs: Communique Talk Show and Community Issues Symposium. I produce and edit a series of cinemusical music and dance promotion videoclips entitled ColorSoundandSoul. Since 2006 the clips have been featured on YouTube.com. See more at: www.ColorSoundandSoul.com. I began designing jewelry for GEMTVUSA.COM in 2003, and in 2006, after creating the CrystalHugger TwistWrap wire-wrapping technique designed for hand-wrapping faceted gemstones and crystals, I launched CrystalsCrystals.com. The CrystalHugger TwistWrap provides a revolutionary new way of showcasing and wearing gemstones and crystals offering a 360 degree view of the stone from all angles. I've been a member of the International Gem Society since 2005. Contact me: email@example.com.