What to expect for the New Years!

Okay so you might not have prepared your New Year’s Resolution yet or most people have actually given up on creating those for every new year. Well you don’t have to be so hard on yourself, but you must be obedient in making sure you reach goals that really matter.

So here are 7 tips to help you get ready for your New Year:

1. Don’t dwell on what you haven’t accomplished; think of what you have achieved and compliment yourself at least three times daily(starting now).

2. Think about what you want to accomplish in 2013 and write them down. Really. Make a list, store this list in a place where you can access or see it each day. More like rubbing it in your face until it gets done. That really works.

3. Don’t Just Do It – Make a not-to-do list of time-wasting activities and refer to it often at times. Everything that comes your way is not always a priority.

4. Take Care of Yourself – Commit to 10 minutes of some form of exercise everyday (jogging, jumping rope, salsa dancing, whatever). Your body will thank you!

5. Learn to take 100% responsibility. If one team member takes 80 percent responsibility for their work, then you are taking 120 percent–their 100 percent share plus the 20 percent carries over to you.

6. There is strength in numbers. We all need a partner, collaborator or trusted assistant. List your top four weaknesses and consider whether this person has complementary strengths.

7. Roll up those sleeves – Instead of just getting an earful of gossip or reports about a problem in your household, business or personal life, check on it firsthand today. Create your own problem-solving techniques by getting involved in the problem yourself.

HAPPY NEW YEARS!

Written by Andrea Wilson

President of RKD Music & Talent Management

President Obama is named Time Magazine “Person of the Year”

New York, NY — President Barack Obama has been named Time magazine’s “Person of the Year” for 2012.

The selection was announced Wednesday on NBC’s “Today” show.

The short list for the honor included Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager who was shot in the head for advocating for girls’ education.

It also included Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi and Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Obama also received the honor in 2008, when he was President-elect.

Last year, “The Protester” got the honor.

Time’s “Person of the Year” is the person or thing that has most influenced the culture and the news during the past year, for good or for ill. Previous winners have included Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, Bono and President George W. Bush.

Congratuations to Lisa Leslie among others as 2013 BET Honorees

Lisa Leslie

New York, NY — Actress Halle Berry and musician Chaka Khan will be honored at the 2013 BET Honors.

The network announced Thursday that basketball star Lisa Leslie, music executive Clarence Avant and religious leader T.D. Jakes will also be celebrated at the Jan. 12 event in Washington at theWarner Theatre. The special airs Feb. 11.

BET Honors highlights African Americans performing at top levels in the areas of music, literature, entertainment, education and more.

Maya Angelou was among the honorees at this year’s BET Honors. First Lady Michelle Obama presented her award.

South Africa president: Mandela may spend more days in hospital

Nelson Mandela

Johannesburg, SA — Anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela could spend a few more days in the hospital for care, South Africa’s president said Tuesday, as the 94-year-old spent an eleventh day under doctors’ care after suffering from a lung infection and undergoing surgery. President Jacob Zuma said Mandela’s age meant the politician needed “extraordinary care” from medical professionals. However, he tried to assure a public increasingly worried about the health of a man many view as a living embodiment of the nation’s hopes after it abandoned white racist rule and became a full democracy.

Doctors “say there is no crisis, but add that they are in no hurry to send him home just yet until they are satisfied that he has made sufficient progress,” Zuma said in a statement issued by his office. “We urge the public to continue supporting (Mandela), but at the same time to understand that he is 94 years old and needs extraordinary care. If he spends more days in hospital, it is because that necessary care is being provided.”

The statement also said presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj visited Mandela on Tuesday, who immediately asked: “Mac, what are you doing here?” Tuesday marked Mandela’s eleventh day in hospital. South Africa’s government has said the 94-year-old Mandela was admitted Dec. 8 to a hospital in the country’s capital, Pretoria, initially for medical tests. It then said Mandela had a recurrent lung infection, a chronic problem as he contracted tuberculosis while in prison and had an acute respiratory infection in 2011.

On Saturday, the government said Mandela underwent endoscopic surgery to remove gallstones. That’s a procedure in which a patient usually receives sedatives and an anesthetic to allow a surgeon to put an endoscope down the throat, authorities say. The surgeon then removes the gallstones, which are small, crystal-like masses that can cause a person tremendous pain.

Mandela, a leader in the anti-apartheid liberation movement called the African National Congress, served 27 years in prison before being released. He later became the nation’s first democratically elected president in 1994 under the ANC’s banner. He served one five-year term before largely retiring from public life. In the time since, Mandela has lived a private life, although he actively campaigned against HIV/AIDS. He last made a public appearance when his country hosted the 2010 World Cup soccer tournament. The Nobel laureate has also grown more frail in recent years, with his grip on politics in the nation ever slackening.

10 Tips for a Stress FREE Christmas Holiday!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS

During this holiday season, we hope that you  started working smart by getting your gifts and shopping done early. Safety tips from us to you this holiday season:

1. Be proactive. If you haven’t gotten your shopping done, go NOW or later on tonight. Due to cold weather, most people try to be in by 9 or 10pm.

2. Make a list before you go. That way you don’t forget anything and have to drive back in crazy traffic.

3. Stock up on everything that you need so you can spend more time with family vs running around going crazy.

4. Start cooking early. People wait til day of to start cooking. Prepare turkey and food Sunday or even Monday to be ahead of the game.

5. Manage your MONEY very well.  Make a budget for what you want to spend and don’t go over it. People go broke trying to please everyone else. You must be smart and SAVE. Always have a little left over for emergencies.

6. Take a time out for YOU. Listen to some smooth jazz or your favorite music. Relax with a glass of eggnog or wine and take a much-needed break before family comes over for dinner. That way you can enjoy their time and have energy as well.

7. Take a body stretch to relax your muscles. We tend to be so busy before and after Christmas that our bodies become weak, tired and stretches helps to keep our muscles on tract.

8. Make your phone calls early daytime on Christmas day. The early bird catches the worm. The more time you spend talking, the less time you have to spend with your family. Or just send a text those you don want to talk to.

9 If you want to go out with family or friends, plan it and make sure you organize whether for the movies, to a dinner or a party. BE PREPARED!

10. HAVE FUN, SMILE AND  TELL SOMEONE YOU LOVE THEM!

Written by Andrea Wilson

President at RKD Music & Talent Management Inc

 

Joel Osteen Says Sandy Hook Tragedy a ‘Wake Up Call’ for Americans

Pastor Joel Osteen of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas has recently made multiple media appearances to discuss the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., in an attempt to offer spiritual guidance to those searching for answers in the wake of the tragedy.

The Lakewood Church pastor recently spoke about how to move forward from the Dec. 14 tragedy, saying that in a roundabout way, he believes the tragedy “teaches us to prioritize what’s important in our lives.”

“There is no guarantee of tomorrow, I wish there was, but it makes us all realize, even as a nation, how fragile life really is, and every day are we taking time to tell the people we love how much we love them and taking the time for what matters most,” Osteen told Entertainment Tonight in a Dec. 17 interview.

“We can take this, as a nation, to say, ‘you know what, here’s a wake up call, are we taking time for those closest to us?'”

Religion has been referenced by many leaders seeking to find answers to this recent act of violence. On Monday, Pastor T.D. Jakes of The Potter’s House went on MSNBC’s “News Nation with Tamron Hall” to say that he believes now is an important time for Americans to come together.

“We all have to be watchmen on the wall, and answer the great question of the Scriptures: ‘Am I my brother’s keeper?'” Jakes told Hall. While attending an interfaith prayer vigil on Dec. 16 in Newtown, President Barack Obama cited the Bible passage found in 2 Corinthians 4:16-18, telling those in attendance:

“Do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, inwardly, we are being renewed day by day.” “For light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all, so we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal,” the president adde

Jamie Foxx on school shooting: ‘Violence in films’ plays a role

Jamie FoxxNew York, NY — Hollywood has responded to the rampage at a Connecticut elementary school by pulling back on its offerings, and one star says the entertainment industry should take some responsibility for such violence. Jamie Foxx, one of the industry’s biggest stars, said Saturday as he promoted Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming ultra-violent spaghetti Western-style film about slavery, “Django Unchained,” that actors can’t ignore the fact that movie violence can influence people.

“We cannot turn our back and say that violence in films or anything that we do doesn’t have a sort of influence,” Foxx said in an interview on Saturday. “It does.” In true Tarantino form, buckets of blood explode from characters as they are shot or shredded to pieces by rabid dogs in “Django Unchained.” Despite Friday’s mass shooting, the press junket for the movie, which opens in theaters Christmas Day, continued in New York as scheduled on Saturday.

Tarantino, whose credits include “Pulp Fiction” and the “Kill Bill” volumes, said he was tired of defending his films each time the U.S. is shocked by gun violence. He said “tragedies happen” and blame should fall on those guilty of the crimes. Foxx’s co-star Kerry Washington said she believes the film’s explicit brutality serves an important purpose in educating audiences about the atrocities of slavery.

“I do think that it’s important when we have the opportunity to talk about violence and not just kind of have it as entertainment, but connect it to the wrongs, the injustices, the social ills,” she said. In the Newtown, Connecticut, massacre on Friday, a gunman killed his mother and then went to an elementary school, where he killed six adults and 20 children before committing suicide.

In response, premieres for Tom Cruise’s new action movie, “Jack Reacher,” in Pittsburgh and the family comedy “Parental Guidance” in Los Angeles were postponed.Also, Fox pulled new episodes of “Family Guy” and “American Dad” that were to air Sunday to avoid potentially sensitive content. The originally scheduled episode of “Family Guy” had Peter telling his own version of the nativity story. The “American Dad” episode told the story of a demon that punished naughty children at Christmas. Both series plan to substitute reruns.

Fox also confirmed that a scheduled repeat of “The Cleveland Show” for Sunday was swapped for another rerun of that series out of the same concern.