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The Meaning Behind Kerry Washington’s Purple Purse


Just in time for Domestic Violence Awareness Month (October), Kerry Washington serves as the Campaign Spokeswoman for the Allstate Foundation’s initiative called the “Purple Purse” Program to raise awareness domestic violence and financial abuse. More often times than not, when you hear domestic violence, you think of physical abuse. As common as it is, all forms of domestic abuse should be brought to light and with Kerry’s platform, she hopes to raise awareness to the economic side of things. The purple purse, she explains, is a metaphor. Purple is the color of domestic violence awareness, and — as Olivia Pope would know — the purse is the source of a woman’s power.

“One in four women will be a victim of domestic violence,” Kerry says in a PSA for the organization. “Finances are almost always a weapon of choice. Taking away access to cash, destroying credit, jeopardizing jobs; financial abuse leaves invisible bruises that can take decades to heal.”

Only 500 will be made: some will be given to celebrities to carry on the red carpet to draw attention to the issue, some sold as fundraisers and others gifted to domestic abuse survivors. We love Kerry for being brave enough to bring awareness by telling herstory. She is truly a survivor.


7 Life Changing Money Tips || Learn How To Save Money, Get Out Of Debt, & Create Finances As Fabulous As You by Tonya Rapley – Free ebook


I am super happy and excited to announce the launch of Tonya Rapley’s first eBook. Some of you may know her as the Founder of My Fab Finance. I simply refer to her as my money mentor. Okay, we’ve had one telephone conversation about my finances and from that moment forward, couldn’t nobody tell me nothing. LOL. No but seriously, I’ve been an active reader of her blog since she first began. It has been my financial tool kit whenever I hit a bump in the road or fall off completely and need to find my way back. I’ve had numerous wake up calls just from reading My Fab Finance and I am forever grateful that the information and tips provided has helped me in countless ways.

If any of you are working on your finances, whether it’s getting out of debt, saving, investing, budgeting, retiring or anything that has to deal with your money, I promise you can’t go wrong by visiting My Fab Finance. And while you’re at it, sign up for her email list to receive a free copy of Tonya’s first ebook.

Men Are Just Happier People!

Men Are Just Happier People!


What do you expect from such simple creatures?
Your last name stays put.
The garage is all yours.
Wedding plans take care of themselves.
Chocolate is just another snack…
You can never be pregnant.
You can wear a white T-shirt to a water park.
You can wear NO shirt to a water park.
Car mechanics tell you the truth.
The world is your urinal.
You never have to drive to another gas station restroom
because this one is just too icky.
You don’t have to stop and think of which way to
turn a nut on a bolt.
Same work, more pay.
Wrinkles add character.
Wedding dress $5000. Tux rental-$100.
People never stare at your chest when you’re
talking to them.
New shoes don’t cut, blister,
or mangle your feet.
One mood all the time.
Phone conversations are over
in 30 seconds flat.
You know stuff about tanks.
A five-day vacation requires
only one suitcase.
You can open all your own jars.
If someone forgets to invite you,
He or she can still be your friend.
Your underwear is $8.95 for a three-pack.
Three pairs of shoes are more than enough.
Everything on your face stays
its original color.
The same hairstyle lasts for years,
even decades.
You only have to shave your face and neck.
You can play with toys all your life.
One wallet and one pair of shoes –
one color for all seasons.
You can wear shorts no matter
how your legs look.
You can ‘do’ your nails with a pocket knife.
You have freedom of choice
concerning growing a mustache.
You can do Christmas shopping for 25 relatives…

On December 24 in 25 minutes.

Men Are Just Happier People!

If Laura, Kate and Sarah go out for lunch, they will call each other Laura, Kate and Sarah.
If Mike, Dave and John go out, they will affectionately refer to each other as Fat Boy,
Bubba and Wildman.

When the bill arrives, Mike, Dave and John will each throw in $20, even though it’s only for $32.50. None of them will have anything smaller and none will actually admit they want change back.
When the girls get their bill, out come the pocket calculators…YEP!!!

A man will pay $2 for a $1 item he needs.
A woman will pay $1 for a $2 item that she doesn’t need but it’s on sale.

A man has six items in his bathroom: toothbrush and toothpaste, shaving cream, razor,
a bar of soap, and a towel.
The average number of items in the typical woman’s bathroom is 337. A man would not be able
to identify more than 20 of these items.

A woman has the last word in any argument.
Anything a man says after that is the beginning of a new argument,
or a different living arrangement.

A woman worries about the future until she gets a husband.
A man never worries about the future until he gets a wife.

A woman marries a man expecting he will change, but he doesn’t.
A man marries a woman expecting that she won’t change, but she does.

A woman will dress up to go shopping, water the plants, empty the trash, answer the phone,
read a book, and get the mail.
A man will dress up for weddings and funerals.

Men wake up as good-looking as they went to bed.
Women somehow deteriorate during the night.

Ah, children. A woman knows all about her children. She knows about dentist appointments
and romances, best friends, favorite foods, secret fears and hopes and dreams.
A man is vaguely aware of some short people living in the house.

A married man should forget his mistakes. There’s no use in
two people remembering the same thing!

EYE CANDY || Meet Gary Lavard


HeadShot-1Gary LaVard has been gracing the entertainment scene with his presences and charm for years. A Detroit native, he currently resides in Los Angeles where he is a model/actor. Gary has been involved with all things entertainment his whole life. While in high school he hosted local hip hop shows and even contributed music production to the Top Selling Hip-Hop Documentary (Rap Files, Vol.1 2004). Gary has since then graced the pages of many print publications including BE Magazine, Metro Weekly D.C. and Kontrol and has walked for Washington D.C.’s Fashion Week and many national charity shows Against Hunger.

Gary LaVard has also been seen in ads for renowned brands, Gap, Get Tested Campaign, and American University (AU). Even further divulging into the entertainment realm, Gary has graced television screens in such programs as Single Ladies (VH1), Necessary Roughness (USA), The Walking Dead (AMC), For Better or Worse (TBS), Nightmare Next Door (ID) just to name a few. He can be seen on FOX Sports commercials. Due to his impeccable physical stature, his body was used as the body cast for the of Jimmy Johnson and R.C. Owens statues to be featured in the new Levi Stadium, home of the San Francisco 49ers. Gary will also be featured in the short-film Bait which has a late 2014 release as well as Assistant Motives alongside Paula Jai Parker. With personal influences from his mother and sister, he has always believed in studying ones craft, faith and hard work and is determined to leave an even bigger mark than he already has.

Check out No Boiz Allowed’s interview with Gary by clicking HERE!

TRAVEL || Girls Just Want To Have Fun


One thing that I’ve realized brings the most reward in life is experience. With experience comes lessons both good and bad. I want to share the important lessons found in traveling with focus on group travel. Not everyone has a group of friends that are willing or able to just book a flight, pack and go. Hell, even I’m not that friend. But I am the friend who takes pride in proper planning, budgeting and sacrificing to see things come into fruition. This will be me and my friends second group trip this year and I want to give you an inside on how we are able to do it while living four completely different lifestyles, schedules, salaries and priorities. We’ve made a pact to travel together twice a year and explore the world together. One domestic trip and one international trip. Since this is the first year of our pact, we’ve decided to begin with two domestic trips this year. In fact, next week we will be on what I like to call an East Coast Tour Takeover and here’s how:

First and foremost the most important part of traveling, especially group travling is knowing personalities, relationships and attitudes. You will have lots of friends and associates begging to come on a group trip but now is the time to use your best judgement. Not every trip is for every friend. If you have a friend who complains a lot and doesn’t like to try new things, you probably shouldn’t invite her to the camping trip. If you have a friend who shuts down around new people, you probably shouldn’t invite her to the reunion trip. If you have a friend who can’t budget her money correctly and will have to sit out all of the activities, you probably shouldn’t invite her on any trip. Okay, I’m sure you get the point now but as funny as it might sound, those are huge problems that can ruin the fun of others. So make sure the group is a solid, open minded group of women who can get along and turn lemons into lemonade because there will always come hiccups in any and every trip.

The second most important part of group traveling is communication. We speak every single day via What’s App Group Chat. Although this might not be realistic for everyone, it’s a start. Communicating as much as possible has allowed us to share unexpected surprises, express concerns and pretty much stay updated ahead of time on any and everything occuring. Our communication allowed for us to agree on destinations, time of the year and length of the trip. For our upcoming trip next week, we decided to celebrate my bff’s birthday starting with Philadelphia for a day/night. Next we would take over New York for two days/nights then head over to Atlantic City, New Jersey for her big day spending our last day of the trip back in Philadelphia where we will all fly out of. Communication opened up the lines for honesty which helped us eliminate unnecessary expenses.

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