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#FridayVibes 2.8.19

We made it! Friday is here and I am ready for the weekend. Are you? What are your weekend plans?

On Friday, we have plans to check out Cranbrook Institute of Science’s new dinosaur exhibit. I also have to reorganize my work table and do some homeschool planning so Saturday and Sunday I’ll probably stay home and work on that. This weather is back to being ridiculously cold so I really just want to stay home and keep warm!

I have a lot to share for today’s #FridayVibes. Here are a few things I found of interest from the week:

Dr. Sabrina Jackson and I at her Movie Night event in Detroit.

1. DR. SABRINA’S MOVIE NIGHT FOR WHAT MEN WANT

Last night, Travis and I attended Dr. Sabrina Jackson’s movie night event called “Movie Night with Dr. Sabrina”. It was our first time attending Dr. Sabrina’s quarterly movie series.

Dr. Sabrina is a family counselor, motivational speaker, and relationship expert. She is the host of “The Essentially Sabrina Show” on 910 AM nightly and she is a recurring guest host of the “People 911 with Dr. Sabrina” on FOX2 News Detroit.

Before viewing the new film What Men Want starring actress Taraji P. Henson (Empire, Hidden Figures), there was a one-hour relationship panel discussing the topic of “What Men Want”. The all-male panel shared their insights with guests and also answered questions from the women.

Stay tuned for my blog post on Monday because I’m going to write a post about our time at the event!

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Black Woman premieres 2.1.19 🎶

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2. DANIELLE BROOKS’ NEW SONG “BLACK WOMAN” IS AMAZING!

Have you heard it yet? The Orange is the New Black actress dropped her first single and I love it so much! The song is co-written and produced by Anthony Ramos (She’s Gotta Have It) and Will Wells. In an interview with BuzzFeed, Danielle said of her powerful song:



“So, I wrote this with two of my friends and one of them asked me if I could talk about anything I wanted to without a filter, what would that be? And, for me, it was the experience of being a black woman. I decided to write this song, without any filters, of my journey as a black woman in America. ”

Danielle went on to say about “Black Woman” that she wants black women to feel empowered and on top of the world. Thank you, Danielle, for creating such a powerful song because it is truly inspiring!

3. CORY BOOKER & KAMALA HARRIS ARE RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT

Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey and Senator Kamala Harris of California both announced they are running for president. According to CNN, Senator Booker launched his campaign on the first day of Black History Month– February 1st. While Senator Kamala Harris announced her run for the presidency on January 21st on Good Morning America.

I actually like both senators so I will be following both of them to learn more about them. What do you think?

4. THE CHARLES H. WRIGHT MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY IS OPEN EVERY DAY DURING BLACK HISTORY MONTH.

If you’re looking to do some family enrichment activities for Black History Month, then you may want to add the Wright Museum to your list.

The African American History museum will be open everyday in honor of Black History Month. Here are the hours:

Sunday: 1 – 5 P.M.

Monday – Saturday: 9 A.M. – 5 P.M. 


Brande K. Mazzeo, RN, BSN, C-NPT –
Manager of Patient Care Services at Children’s Hospital of Michigan

5. CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL OF MICHIGAN LAUNCHES FIRST NEURO-NEONATAL INTENSIVE CARE UNIT IN THE STATE

The Children’s Hospital of Michigan launched the Neuro-Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NeuroNICU) to address the significant need to manage and minimize neurological complications associated with preterm and term newborn babies.

The program offers a specially trained team of clinicians dedicated to providing an appropriate environment that will help optimize neurologic and developmental outcomes for this highly vulnerable population.

“As the state’s first and oldest pediatric hospital, Children’s Hospital of Michigan has always been dedicated to treating the most vulnerable – this NeuroNICU program was created specifically for them,” said Luanne Thomas Ewald, CEO of Children’s Hospital of Michigan. “Our hospital is at the forefront of research on neurological protection, preservation and treatment and with the increasing survival rate of NICU patients, there is a greater need to focus on improving neurodevelopment among high-risk survivors.”

You can get more information about the NeuroNICU by visiting childrensdmc.org/NeuroNICU. To consult with a NeuroNICU expert, or to transfer a patient to Children’s Hospital of Michigan by calling the Physician Link Line at 1-877-994-8436.

Cat Video Fest 2019 comes to the DIA on March 9th!

6. CAT VIDEO FEST 2019

Cat lovers, this one is for you! Cat Video Fest will screen in Detroit Institute of Artson on March 9, 2019. 

 It’s a joyous communal experience, only in theaters, and raises money for cats in need through partnerships with local cat charities, animal welfare organizations, and shelters to best serve cats in the area.

You can watch the trailer for Cat Video Fest here if you like.

Photo Credit: Clifford “T.I.” Harris, Jr.

7. RAPPER T.I LAUNCHES NEW INVESTMENT SYNDICATE TECH CYPHA

T.I. (Clifford Harris, Jr.) just launched a new syndicated investment vehicle called Tech Cypha with business partner Jason Geter and Brandon “BL” Lewis, son of late great boxing promoter and entrepreneur Butch Lewis.

Leveraging technologies such as Airbnb, Lyft and Lime through the eyes of hip-hop culture, the team also launched a Los Angeles-based entertainment startup called Culture Genesis. Together, the new collaborative investment strategy allows high-net-worth individuals to participate in trending tech startup deals. 

Through informed mentorship programs and partnerships, Tech Cypha will include using influencers in various fields. Currently, the syndicate includes Lil Duval, Killer Mike, Tamika ‘Tiny’ Harris, Tai Green, Korey Roberson, Stephanie Shirley, and BJ Kerr among others. As an industry leader, Lewis is known for his talent in branding, marketing, and partnership deals.  

On the launch of Tech Cypha, Lewis said the investment is “looking for promising, early and late-stage startups to invest capital in, assist with marketing, and give branding directions. It’s our way of bridging the gap between the culture and technology.”

Tech Cypha is now available to the public and you can subscribe to their newsletter by visiting https://www.techcypha.com/.

Photo Credit: TAJA Coconut Water

8. WORLD’S FIRST ALL-NATURAL COLD-FILTERED COCONUT WATER

Here’s a healthy drink you can add to your meal planning: TAJA Coconut just announced the launch of their non-GMO and sugar-free bottled coconut water.

TAJA’s patented cold-filtered three-part process extracts the coconut water while keeping all the nutrients intact by avoiding the application of harmful heat, air, or additives.

“Growing up in a tropical country I was lucky enough to experience the joyful taste of pure and fresh coconut water straight from the tree, but as the drink started to gain popularity in the U.S. I was disappointed to discover that none of the products I tasted came close the coconut water that I grew up loving” explained TAJA’s Founder Nilang Patel. “So I set out to fix this problem, and after a few years of research, investigation, and taste testing, I developed a technology that allows coconut water to remain exactly as nature intended—raw, clean, and pure.”

You can get TAJA online or at select Meijer stores in Detroit and the metro area.

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