Tuesday, October 30, 2012

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Tops

Top 6 Products for Healthy Hair--

We are all about optimal health here, from the body to skin and definitely including hair.  Today I'm highlighting some of my favorite products, which contribute to healthy hair.  No matter your hair type, these can be helpful to you.  However, if you have relaxed hair, check out these 7 tips to keep it healthy.



1. Kerastase Chroma Thermique 
This leave-in conditioner is a must for color treated hair.  It protects the hair against heat and UV rays, making sure it can stay healthy despite the moisture stripping chemicals in dye.  Chroma Thermique is not only good to apply before using hot tools, but also on those hot days when the sun is relentless.  If you need highlights, you need this conditioner!
*When to use: I apply this, mostly the color-treated parts, right before blow drying, and also a bit before flat ironing.  I'll add some on super hot days, too if the sun is beaming.  

2. Andre Walker Keratin Shampoo and Conditioner
Andre's combo is great for all hair types.  With ingredients like keratin, aloe, and green tea extract, your hair will be left feeling healthy to the touch. These products moisturize the hair, and strengthen it with each continued use.  If it's good enough for Oprah, it should be good enough for you. 
*When to use:  I shampoo and condition weekly.  Figure out what's best for your hair, and go from there!

3. Nexxus Emergencee Polymeric Strengthening Conditioner
This little bottle is packed with benefits.  Just a small amount of this protein conditioner, and your hair will grow stronger and longer.  If your hair is damaged, Emergencee will help with reconstruction, and if your hair is in a healthy state, it will help keep it there.  This is another must-have for your hair care regimen.  
*When to use:  I use this one every other week.  After a shampoo or 2, apply, work through, then wash out.

4. Creme of Nature Gloss & Shine Polisher
I call this one a magic potion.  As many of you may know, Argan Oil is an essential to hair health and shine.  This Moroccan oil gives the hair strength and moisture, but does not make it heavy or sticky.  For those of you doing "protect and seal" as part of your regimen, the Gloss & Shine Polisher will do all you need it to, for healthy, supple hair in the morning.  If your hair has random dry spells, this is the perfect cure.  
*When to use:  I do "protect and seal", so I apply this one nightly before covering my hair with a satin scarf to protect against friction between my hair and pillow.

5.  BioSilk Smoothing Balm
BioSilk has a full line of great products.  This one is no different.  Whether you're applying it to wet hair or dry hair for daily styling, this balm helps get rid of frizz and makes curls smooth.  It's one you can use pretty much whenever.
*When to use:  I apply this one whenever I need extra help with controlling the fly-aways.  I also apply when I need a moisture boost.

6. Hair, by Tippi Shorter Glaze
Another great leave-in conditioner.  Tippi has a great line specializing in hair health.  The Glaze is light and helps make the hair manageable when styling after washing.  It is also great for straight or curly hair and smells pretty great, too.  
*When to use:  I apply this right after my shampoo/condition.  Before adding my Kerastase, I apply Glaze all over my hair.


Hair.Lush.Chronicles is one of our favorite hair health blog faves.  Check it out!

For our natural hair friends, here are some sites which will be of interest to you:
AfroBella 
Curly Nikki
Black Girl Long Hair

Thursday, October 25, 2012

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Supports

Internships for African-American Male College Sophomores!

The Institute for Responsible Citizenship prepares high-achieving African American men for successful careers in business, law, government, public service, education, journalism, the sciences, medicine, ministry, and the arts.


Share this with young men you know and set the future in the right direction!  Click here for more details.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Remembers

The Ben Wilson Story--


Yesterday, I and many other viewers were really touched by the story directors Coodie Simmons and Chike Ozah presented on ESPN's 30 for 30.  The story was about Benjamin Wilson, a Chicago basketball legend, gunned down in a senseless act of violence near his high school.  Benji's story is a sad, yet inspiring one.  The young man made major strides in his short hoops career, leading his team to an Illinois State Championship and being named the #1 player in the country, just months before his untimely passing.  Benji was special to his friends, and even encouraged close friend and former NBA player Nick Anderson to transfer to Simeon High School-- so they could play together as Seniors.  Another State Championship was sure to follow before the buddies left for college.  Nick went on to play for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Benji didn't get to start his Senior basketball season.  


The unfortunate circumstances of Benji's death included teens being teens and putting manners to the side, a troubled teen carrying a gun he shouldn't have,  and a hospital with limited resources to save a young star with chances to live upon his arrival.  The misguided young man who shot him missed chances in life, too.  We all feel Benji was robbed of his life, and we were robbed of witnessing his further greatness.  But, we are left with so much more.  We have his legacy.  We have the lessons we hope young teenagers will keep in mind today when contemplating gang membership over more positive and productive options.  We have something to reach for, when a young high school freshman sets foot  in the gym for the first time.  We have the knowledge to do better, because we know better.

Hopefully you all will watch Benji's story and share it with others.  Pass the legend around, and know there are Benji's everywhere who don't have to have their story end the way or as soon as his did.  


For the upcoming viewing schedule, click here.


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Tops

Top 5 Truths About Infringement--

It's not right, but some think it's ok.  Infringing on others' intellectual property goes back years, and happens in copyright, trademark, patent, music, literature, consumer packaged goods, fashion, and more.  Taking something not belonging to you seems like an obvious no-no, but unfortunately, it's not.

So, we're uncovering reasons why it's so prevalent:

1. Your stuff is good!
A lot of times, people infringe on the work of others simply because of its quality and popularity.  Again, it's not right, but it does validate talents.  If only they'd work to support it, instead of stealing.

2.  Maybe no one will notice...?
Some infringers are just trying to pull one over on the public.  Often, infringers believe they can enter the market as a copier, and because of the popularity of the original, no one will catch their fake.  Or, they believe they can pass as the real deal.  In a lot of instances, this is unsuccessful on their part.  It also forces consumers to be vigilant when making purchases.  Here's a helpful tip in regards to designer goods:
The Rating System-
(1) The real thing
(2) The real thing....but the designer finds something about it imperfect for sale
(3) A great fake; looks real, but it's not.  We still discourage purchase of these.
(4) A terrible fake.  Sellers and buyers should know and do better.  Smh.

3.  They don't know any better.
Let's give them the benefit of the doubt.  They genuinely might not know.  In many cases, like trademarks and copyright for example, access plays a major part.  So, if someone doesn't have access, or has no reason believe their work isn't the original, they have a justifiable case to stay clear of infringement.  When using a trademark, literal "use" is everything.  Having your mark in commerce in as many capacities as possible will be critical to protecting your brand.  Making sure your mark is registered in the proper Class is important, too.  Clothing, for example is Class 25, but if the mark is not registered to cover this market, there could be trouble.  As far as other works, exploitation in as many streams of commerce as possible will help people know where the original is sourced.

Also, sometimes creatives may not believe what they are doing is actually infringement.  Just the other day, Khloe Kardashian tweeted pictures of new Rich Soil sweatshirts, the line produced by her hubby, Lamar Odom.  The shirts clearly infringe on the treasured Chanel trademark.  We would be convinced the business-savvy family has counsel advising them better, but the point when lawyers get in the picture is always different.  Our fab fashion law friends at The Sole PurseSuit and The Fashion Law have been watching this one.  Check them out!

4.  Everyone wants a piece of the pie.
This one is simple.  Some producers just want in on what everyone loves.  They take the chance at using something already working in the market, with the hopes it will be a jumpstart for their work.  This case is not always deliberate, but could still cause problems.  A lot of times the line between inspiration and copying is very fine.

5.  It's totally a coincidence.
Similar to #4 and some of the points in #3, instances can occur when a creator simply does not know their creation has already been placed in the market.  Some ideas are local in nature, then grow larger, so such an instance is not far-fetched.  The solution on both parts is thorough research and optimal exploitation.  They will save on headaches later.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. For Ladies

It's Love Your Body Day!

This year, October 17th is NOW's annual Love Your Body Day.  The National Organization for Women (NOW), a campaign for the Women's Health Project, is fighting back against the media, entertainment industry, and the billions of dollars women spend living up to a predetermined "image". Of course good health is optimal, but the idea of looking like an airbrushed model is not one to pass on to our next generation of women leaders. 


Love Your Body Day is important.  It reminds women they must always love themselves, and appreciate each and everything about their bodies.  Ladies, we must stop getting mislead by what we see on TV.  Loving beauty products and cosmetics is just one of the things we do, but it should never define us.  Often, what we see on TV and in magazines is more so Photoshop and airbrushing skills, instead of the results promised by products.

Remember today, and everyday, the body you have is yours!  It is amazing and a precious gift to cherish.  Loving your body the way it is is not a ticket to being unhealthy and not taking care of yourself, but a reminder to take the best care of yourself.  Don't let what others define as beauty define you.  Support yourself, your mom, sisters, and particularly the young ladies around you.  

Embrace your age...whatever the number.  After all, what's the alternative?
Embrace your body.  You only get 1. 



For more on Love Your Body Day, check them out on the web.  Here's some additional resources, too:




Tuesday, October 16, 2012

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Tops

Top 5 Ways to Protect Your Ideas--

As Chicago Ideas Week came to a close yesterday, we found it important to shed some light on the cautions creatives should take when moving forward with their ideas.  Whether you made it to Ideas Week or not, you might have an enterprising idea you don't want stolen or left by the wayside.  This can apply to products, processes, or businesses.


Here are some quick tips:

1. Do your research.
Make sure your idea is original and not just re-crafted from something already in existence.  All ideas come from some sort of inspiration, but if something is already out there, you run the risk of lawsuit or other action, when poaching on someone else's creative territory.   Start with a simple Google search and make sure you have something new.

2. Get the right support system.
Sometimes your contribution is the idea, and you need the talents of others to execute it.  If this is the case, make sure you get people around you who can be trusted.  Make sure their talents will help your idea flourish, and be certain they won't claim it as their own.  Signing partnership and non-disclosure agreements might be necessary.  

3. Plan steps carefully.
After confirming your idea is original and having the right people in place, you're ready to move forward with making your idea a reality.  Determine how you'll take initial steps, create a comprehensive business plan to stick to, but allow for flexibility.  

4. Seek legal and other experienced counsel.
We know lawyers and other consultants can be pricey, but the price of counsel in the beginning could save a lot of money in the end.  Also, a lot of cities have legal aid organizations offering free advice.  If you find the right attorney, they may be willing to help you for a reduced rate. Seeking an accountant is suggested as well, to be sure your finances and tax filings are in order.  

5.  Put it in use.
Even if it is not complete, put your idea out for public notice.  Use social media to create buzz about what's coming and get people excited.  This also works to publicly claim the idea as your own, alerting others not to steal it.

We hope these tips are helpful to your ideas.  Share any other suggestions you might have with us. 

All the best!



Monday, October 15, 2012

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Fashion Law

**Reminder--
Don't forget about these great events this week!






















Chicago Fashion Law

Chicago Fashion Law -2012 is an exciting seminar covering the essential legal matters in the fashion industry.  This event will be a helpful tool to designers, students, attorneys, and anyone interested in the industry.  Issues to be discussed, including intellectual property, legislation, and current case updates will give participants fundamental knowledge for their careers and businesses.  Chicago Fashion Law will not only show the growth of this niche, but its rightful place in the City of Chicago.



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...Plus this bonus, non-fashion law event...




To register, please visit law.depaul.edu/cal2012event
DePaul University College of Law is an accredited Illinois MCLE provider.
This event has been approved for up to 6 hours of CLE credit.
Wednesday October 17, 2012
DePaul Center
1 East Jackson Blvd., Room 8005
Chicago, IL 60604

Join us for a day of education, analysis and discussion on the legal protection of animals in entertainment, featuring Keynote Speaker Gary Francione, one of the most well-known figures in the modern animal rights movement.

Panel Topics:
Improving the Odds for Racing Animals
Protecting Animal Actors from Harm in Film and Television
Rethinking the Role of Zoos
Beneath the Big Top: Legal Regulation of Circuses

The purpose of the conference is to engage our speakers and attendees in a productive dialogue about the ongoing use of animals in entertainment activities, focusing on the law’s role in regulating these activities to ensure the welfare of the animal participants.

Questions or to register by phone, please contact Brett Davinger 312.362.8065bdavinge@depaul.edu

Thursday, October 11, 2012

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Events

Animals Used in Entertainment - CLE Program





To register, please visit law.depaul.edu/cal2012event
DePaul University College of Law is an accredited Illinois MCLE provider.
This event has been approved for up to 6 hours of CLE credit.
Wednesday October 17, 2012
DePaul Center
1 East Jackson Blvd., Room 8005
Chicago, IL 60604

Join us for a day of education, analysis and discussion on the legal protection of animals in entertainment, featuring Keynote Speaker Gary Francione, one of the most well-known figures in the modern animal rights movement.

Panel Topics:
Improving the Odds for Racing Animals
Protecting Animal Actors from Harm in Film and Television
Rethinking the Role of Zoos
Beneath the Big Top: Legal Regulation of Circuses

The purpose of the conference is to engage our speakers and attendees in a productive dialogue about the ongoing use of animals in entertainment activities, focusing on the law’s role in regulating these activities to ensure the welfare of the animal participants.

Questions or to register by phone, please contact Brett Davinger 312.362.8065bdavinge@depaul.edu


Wednesday, October 10, 2012

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Fashion Law

Chicago Fashion Law - 2012!




This is an exciting seminar covering the essential legal matters in the fashion industry.  This event will be a helpful tool to designers, students, attorneys, and anyone interested in the industry.  Issues to be discussed, including intellectual property, legislation, and current case updates will give participants fundamental knowledge for their careers and businesses.  Chicago Fashion Law will not only show the growth of this niche, but its rightful place in the City of Chicago.





RSVP now!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Tops - Pink

Top 7 Things to Know About Breast Cancer Awareness--


October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Despite the month having 31 days, this is something we must be aware of all year long.  

Remember these key things about a condition we must all fight to eliminate:

1.  Breast cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the breast.  It affects millions of women, and thankfully gets the needed attention to fight its surge.  

2.Regular doctor visits and mammograms for women over the age of 40 are critical in breast health.  If you are at risk for breast cancer, because of a history of the condition in your family, you should have mammograms sooner for early detection.  Many insurance companies have improved coverage for breast health, and social service centers are helping out as well.  Check our local area for more.  

3. Real Talk With Felicia is a major player in the fight against breast cancer through their fundraising arm, Purposed for Pink.  Purposed For Pink raises money for breast cancer research in conjunction with the Susan G. Komen efforts for combating this crippling condition. 


4. Each year it is estimated that nearly 200,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,000 will die.  We must get these numbers lower.  


5. Breast cancer impacts us all. Approximately 1,700 men will also be diagnosed with breast cancer and 450 will die each year.  This isn't just about the ladies, gents.  

6. You can help fight this disease and get closer to a cure.  Make a donation, or consult your local breast cancer awareness foundation to volunteer some time.
Click here to view the team page for Purposed for Pink Team


7.  You can enjoy while you contribute.  Pretty City is again having their $31 "Pretty in Pink" spa treatment special, in partnership with Be Bright Pink.  These 2 organizations have long worked to support breast cancer awareness, and you can be a part...while getting a mani, pedi,massage and more!
Book your appointment in your city now!


Join in the fight.


Monday, October 8, 2012

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. For Men

Men's Designer Event at Macy's!

Gents, this one is for you.  Get on over to Macy's on State Street (Chicago) for fun times and good shopping.  

Thursday, 10/11 5:30pm!





Thursday, October 4, 2012

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Fashion Law

*Reminder:


CLE with the Beverly Hills Bar Association--

Plan now for this October 11th Seminar:


MCLE CREDIT:  This activity has been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar of California in the amount of 1.5 HOURS and the Beverly Hills Bar Association certifies that this activity conforms to the standards for approved prescribed by the rules and regulations of the State Bar of California governing minimum continuing legal education.

Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Tops

Top 6 Things to Know About Domestic Violence Awareness--

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month.  

Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) grew out of the "Day of Unity" in October 1981, by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The idea was to connect advocates across the nation, working to end violence against women and their children. Like many other causes, such a short time to promote awareness was not long enough; all of October is now dedicated to this cause.

Domestic violence is an unfortunate circumstance in far too many homes across America.  In order to fight this epidemic we must educate and spread the word.

Here's what you should know:

1. Domestic violence sees no race, color, ethnic background, or economic status.  It affects people in all walks of life.  Men are also impacted, not just women and children.

2. Domestic violence is cyclical.  Although many who are abused feel pain and resent their abusers, they often go on to repeat the behavior.  For children, it is often the only way they know.  Without education and therapy to deal with the circumstance, the problem can perpetuate.

3. Due to lack of resources, the number of survivors to whom local Coalitions Against Domestic Violence (CADV) have provided shelter has decreased by 20%, while the number of victims turned away has increased by 16% over the last four years.  In the last year alone CADVs saw a drastic 12% drop in the number survivors who obtained safe, emergency shelter. Despite this fact, survivors and their children received over 522,000 hours of service last year alone. 

4. Help is available at all times.  Victims, and even offenders who know they need help, may not know where to turn.  To get things rolling, anyone can call the National Domestic Violence Helpline at 1-800-799-SAFE.  

5.  Safety Plans help.  The hotline is an amazing tool, but creating safety plans takes things a step further.  The plan will help victims route their escape from pain and chart their journey to a better life.  Plans can include starting a separate savings account, thinking of exit routes from the home, avoiding arguments where weapons are readily accessible, i.e. the kitchen, and having someone available at all times to pick you up or be home when you need them.  For more ideas, click here.

6. There's always a hope for change.  No matter how tough the situation appears; for you or someone you're witnessing, various outlets are available to stop the cycle and give families strength. 

We all should become as educated as possible on the signs and resolutions for domestic violence.  If you are experiencing or sensing signs---say or do something.  Don't wait. With so many tough circumstances to face these days, violence among loved ones is never one we need.

Help today.

Thanks to Brandon S. Jones of the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence for stats and insights.

For background on domestic violence, click here and for even more, check out the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence


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