Letoya Returns To ” For Richer Or For Poorer”!

LeToya began filming “For Richer or Poorer”, a new GMC TV gospel-play series based on the TV movie of the same name that aired back in April.

LeToya, Rockmond Dunbar, and Angell Conwell all returned to reprise their roles, while adding Anthony Evans Jr., Carl Anthony Payne, and Jackée Harry to the cast.

The series will continue where the TV movie left off, and will premiere in November. In case you missed the TV movie, you can watch it here!

How to Talk to Your Kid About Politics!

During an election cycle that’s as heated as this one, it’s nearly impossible for kids to avoid hearing about politics in some way or another.Political ads. Signs on a neighbor’s lawn. Current events class. The news in general. How do you talk to your kids about what it all means, without spoon-feeding them your own opinions?

  • Start by explaining how the political process works. Stick to the basics: The United States is a federal constitutional republic, where power is shared by the President, Congress, and the judiciary. Though other political parties exist, either the Democrats and the Republicans have held the White House since the American Civil War. Talk about the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, and the Bill of Rights. Break out those old “School House Rock” videos if you have to — they do a pretty good job.

 

  • Explain commonly used political terms. It’s difficult to explain what the pundits are saying if you can’t explain what a pundit actually is. Scholastic offers a great list of political terms for teachers that work equally well at home.
  • Discuss the news in an age-appropriate way. When it comes to hot-button issues, the depth of your conversation depends on the age of your kids. While an 11-year-old may be able to think logically about the news and understand cause and effect, they’re usually not able to see the big picture clearly; Scholastic News’s Kids Press Corps offers a great take on the news, written for middle-school age kids, by middle-school age kids. Younger children may be curious about the issues but are able to process only general ideas about money, healthcare, jobs and other “grown-up things.” Pre-schoolers often assume that what they see on TV is happening, nearby, in real time, and that reenactments are new events, so it’s a safe bet that they’d be more interested how you vote than what you’re voting about.
  • Explain big issues in terms of how they affect your family. Healthcare reform in general may not mean much to your 14-year-old, but the idea that he or she won’t be turned down for coverage because of pre-existing conditions might. The deficit may be too big to fathom, but knocking off several zeros and talking about the national budget in terms of your own household budget can make major money issues easier to understand. Taxes and government spending issues are complicated; recasting it in terms of their allowances, chores, and household bills might make it easier to understand.
  • Discuss the basic platforms of both parties in a neutral way. Why bother to stay neutral? You’re also giving your children — especially if they’re teenagers — an opportunity to learn how to discuss issues calmly, politely, and rationally, to form their own opinions, and to respect those of other people (like their teachers, or their friends’ parents), even if they disagree with them.
  • Make your family’s values clear. Just because you’re trying to discuss the Democratic or Republican party platform in a neutral way doesn’t mean that you have to ignore your family’s values. This is a great time to have a frank discussion about how you, personally, feel about certain issues — just be sure to do it in an age-appropriate way, and be prepared to answer questions from your kids.
  • Take your kids with you when you vote. If you choose not to vote, then you’re choosing to let someone else decide who wins the election. Underscore the importance of doing your civic duty by bringing your smaller children with you into the voting booth, if possible.

 

Vanessa Bell Calloway to Guest Star on NBC’s ‘Go On’!

Vanessa Bell Calloway is set to guest star on Matthew Perry‘s new NBC series “Go On,” Blackactors.nethas lernead.

The series follows Perry as a radio personality who joins a mandatory support group full of odd ball characters following the death of his wife.

Calloway will play the mother of Owen (Tyler James Williams), a member of Perry’s support group. Calloway was initially invited to guest star in one episode but has already been invited to return.

Calloway, who is currently shooting Showtime’s “Shameless,” can be seen next in the upcoming feature films The Under Shepherd and The Last Fall. Past credits include Coming To America.

“Go On” airs Tuesdays at 9/8c on NBC.

10 Ways to Save TONS of Money!

Keep Track
You can’t save money if you don’t even know how much you’re spending. Before you get down to the business of saving your money, take a week to track every single penny you spend. At the end of the week, you’ll have a good idea of what you need to tackle first – for example, you might consider switching to a bank that’s close to your office or home and offers no-fee withdrawals if you find out you’re spending a lot on ATM fees.

Sell Out
The quickest way to get some cash in your hands? Sell things you don’t need. Have a garage sale, put your old laptop up for sale on Craigslist, or sell your used books on Half.com. The extra money lining your pockets might inspire you to see how much you can save if you put in a little effort.

Ask Your Man Questions
Is your relationship getting serious? Before you move in or marry your guy, make sure you know all the intimate details of his financial situation. The five things you need to know? How much he makes, how much debt he has, how you plan to split expenses once you’re married or living together, how many kids you’ll need to put through college, and where he sees himself in five to 10 years, whether it’s as CEO or as a starving grad student.

Keep Your Hands Off Your 401(k)
Dipping into your 401(k) early should be used only as a last resort. It’ll cost you a penalty of at least 10% for cashing in before you’re 59. Add the taxes Uncle Sam collects and you’ve already lost a sizable chunk of your savings.

Ask for Forgiveness
Not from a higher power – from your bank. A late payment charge isn’t written in stone, despite what they would have you think. If you’ve got a clean record, you may be able to get away with not paying it if you slip up – as long as you ask. Make a call to your credit card company to see if they’ll waive it, just this once. Just don’t make a habit out of it!

Invest

Think it’s a bad time to invest your hard-earned cash? Think again. “Although the market’s not going to go up right away,” buying stocks or mutual funds now, when they are less expensive, is like “buying a dress from Banana Republic for $50 instead of $100,” says senior financial adviser James E. Law of Law, Chemtob, and Associates. The less you spend initially, the less risk is involved, and the greater returns could be. If, and only if, you have extra cash (your grocery money doesn’t count!), consider putting your money into stocks, bonds, or even your office’s 401(k).

Don’t Make Stupid Mistakes
Late payment fees, bounced checks, and overdraft charges, besides wrecking your credit score, are easily avoidable money-suckers. Start balancing your checkbook and keeping track of your cash flow and bill payment due dates on a service like mint.com and you’ll never have to spend shoe money on bank fees instead.

Get Specific
Instead of vowing to spend less, give yourself a fighting chance by deciding exactly what you’ll be spending less on. Will you be eating breakfast at home instead of buying something on your way to work? Will you drop the expensive membership to the gym you’ve been to twice in the past year and buy a pair of running sneakers instead? Giving yourself guidelines and following them makes you an active participant in your quest to save cash, instead of a helpless bystander to your spending sprees.

Get Insured
It might be tempting to go without health insurance if you’re only going to a couple of doctors’ appointments each year, but keep this in mind: A recent Harvard study found that nearly half of all bankruptcies today are attributable to overwhelming medical costs. Feeling healthy? Even minor injuries that end with a trip to the emergency room can leave you thousands of dollars in debt. Don’t risk it.

Save on Your Energy Bills

Start by saving money in your home – if you’re smart, you can save as much as 30% on your energy bills every month. Start by investing in compact fluorescent light bulbs (they use less power and last on average 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs), using cold water for your laundry, and unplugging electronics when you’re not using them. These small changes can make a big difference in your wallet.

 

Here are the Top 10 Superfoods For Women!

Ever wonder if your diet is missing something?

The Cancer Fighter
Don’t let brussels sprouts’ signature scent turn you off. “The smell is a compound called allyl isothiocyanate that causes precancerous cells to self-destruct,” Jonny Bowden, PhD, author of ‘The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth’ says. “It’s entirely possible that eating them every few weeks could help greatly reduce the incidence of colon cancer.”
Bonus benefits: These mini-cabbages are packed with fiber and immune-boosting vitamins C and A.

The “Skinny” Steak
Red meat has a bad rap. The thing is, it really is good for you. Ideally, go for a cut that is both lean and grass-fed. A recent report from the Union of Concerned Scientists shows that meat from grass-fed cows usually has more conjugated linoleic acid (which has been shown in animal studies to combat cancer) and heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids than the grain-fed variety. Plus, meat from grass-fed cows is lower in total fat and calories. As long as your serving is a lean cut, such as tenderloin, feel free to make this smart choice two or three times a week, says Bowden.
Bonus benefits: Beef is a great source of protein, iron (a mineral that one in five women are deficient in), and heart-healthy B vitamins.

The “It” Spice

Curry may very well be the spice of life: Curcumin, the antioxidant that gives the condiment its color, has been shown to halt tumor growth and destroy cancer cells in lab tests. “Our research revealed that this ingredient may help prevent a variety of diseases, including multiple myeloma, lymphoma, and breast, ovarian, and pancreatic cancers,” says Bharat Aggarwal, PhD, a professor of cancer medicine at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. At this point, it’s still unclear exactly how much curry you should eat to help avoid disease, Aggarwal says. Experts simply recommend using the spice liberally to reap the rewards. For recipes, check out the book 5 Spices, 50 Dishes, by Ruta Kahate.
Bonus benefits: The antioxidants found in curry may also help break up plaques in the brain that cause Alzheimer’s disease, say UCLA scientists.

The Next Nut

Pistachios are the new health nut. Why is that? New research from the University of Toronto shows that they may reduce the risk of diabetes by decreasing the effect of carbs on blood sugar levels. “Pistachios are high in protein, fiber, and healthy monounsaturated fat,” explains study author Cyril Kendall, PhD, “all of which contribute to the slowing of carbohydrate absorption in the body.”
Bonus benefits: Other recent research has shown that eating two to three ounces of pistachios a day can help significantly raise your level of good cholesterol (HDL). Pistachios are full of vitamin B6 and copper, too, which help increase energy.

The Java Junkie’s Dream
Rejoice! Your morning cup of joe is healthy. Experts on an American Society for Nutrition panel recently concluded that drinking three to five eight-ounce cups a day lowers your risk of Type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s, and colon and liver cancers. “Among other things, the antioxidants in coffee protect your cells and DNA from damage,” Bowden says. “Coffee seems to increase antioxidants in the blood, too.”
Bonus benefits: Women who drink at least six cups a day are less likely to develop high blood pressure, revealed a 2005 study by Harvard scientists.

The Heart-Smart Whole Grain
One of the easiest ways to significantly lower your cholesterol is to eat whole-grain oatmeal daily, reports a British review of 10 studies. The fiber in oatmeal forms a gel that slows down your body’s absorption of cholesterol.
Bonus benefits: “People who eat oatmeal for breakfast tend to stay full all morning and consume less at lunch, due in part to the protein and fiber,” says Dave Grotto, RD, a nutritionist in Chicago and a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association.

Related: 6 Recipes for a Whole-Grain Dinner

The Fit Fish
“Shrimp is about 90 calories per three-ounce serving, it has virtually no fat, and it’s packed with protein, making it the ultimate diet food,” says Ellie Krieger, RD, host of the Food Network’s Healthy Appetite with Ellie Krieger. It may even help prevent heart disease, thanks to astaxanthin, the antioxidant that gives the shellfish its red tint. “People shy away from shrimp because it’s high in cholesterol, but cholesterol in food is much less likely to raise your blood cholesterol than, say, trans fat,” says Kathy McManus, RD, a FITNESS advisory board member and director of the department of nutrition at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Moreover, eating about a cup of shrimp daily can raise your good cholesterol level, found a Rockefeller University study.
Bonus benefits: Shrimp is also rich in cancer-fighting selenium and bone-building vitamin D.

The Sweet Surprise
Enjoying a small amount of flavonoid-filled dark chocolate may prevent clogged arteries and reduce your risk of developing heart disease. Also, eating up to 3.6 ounces daily can be as effective as beta-blockers and ACE inhibitors at lowering blood pressure, notes a recent Archives of Internal Medicine study.
Bonus benefits: Studies have shown that eating chocolate releases serotonin, the feel-better brain chemical.

The Red Wonder

Take two tart cherries and call me in the morning. While your doc may not say that yet, she might soon: A new animal study from University of Michigan shows that consuming a powdered version of tart cherries can lower cholesterol and blood sugar levels, as well as decrease the body’s ability to store fat in the liver. It’s not yet known if cherry-rich diets will have a similar effect on people, but University of Michigan researchers are hopeful.
Bonus benefits: People who exercised and drank two 12-ounce glasses of tart cherry juice daily for eight days reported less muscle pain than those who sipped a placebo, finds a 2006 study.

The Trendy Tomato
Red tomatoes are full of lycopene, a substance that helps lower your risk of cancer, heart disease, and macular degeneration. But orange tomatoes offer two and a half times more. Apparently, they contain a form that the body can more easily absorb.
Bonus benefits: One cup of orange tomatoes provides 338 percent of the RDA for vitamin A.