Apr 24th

Quote of the week!

By Yasmin S
"The world is evolving and if you don't change your ways you become something that everyone laughs at, you become a dinosaur, you become extinct"

Aug 8th

Speaker: Youth vote ‘crucial’ to presidential election

By Yasmin S

Original Post By: Paul Taylor @ The Recorder

CHARLEMONT — With all the clamor and divisiveness about the upcoming presidential election, where does the youth vote stand?

Former Pew Research Center executive and author Paul Taylor will discuss this and other generational changes in his talk, “Millennials and The Next America” on Wednesday. This is part of the Charlemont Forum at the Charlemont Federated Church, and the free program begins at 7 p.m.

Taylor says today’s 77 million millennials, ages 18 to 35, are the most liberal generation the country has ever produced. They are also more racially diverse, more accepting of same-sex marriage, immigration and aware of economic inequality. In Pew Research polls, more than half of millennials identify politically as “independent” — which is more than any other generation before them.

Taylor believes it’s unlikely the majority of millennials would vote for Donald Trump, but adds that Hillary Clinton may have to work harder for voter turnout among the millennials.

“Obama and Sanders have been the two candidates who were able to get their message out to millennials — Bernie Sanders with his economic message and Obama with (his message of) hope and change,” Taylor remarked. He said the polls show Hillary doing better than Trump with young voters at this point.

Taylor said Sanders won between 70 to 75 percent of the millennial vote in the primaries because they saw him as “authentic, an outsider, and not tainted by being part of a corrupt system.”

He said Clinton may not have as much appeal as Sanders, but “in Donald Trump, the alternative is so unpalatable.”

Although optimistic about their future, millennials are also the first generation in modern history to have less wealth and more debt than their parents’ generation had at the same stage of life. As a result, millennials are taking longer to reach adult milestones: living at home with parents longer, marrying later and having children at an older age. Only 26 percent of millennials are married, compared to 48 percent of Baby boomers when they were under 35.

“They’re the transitional generation to America’s majority, non-white future,” Taylor wrote in an essay for “The Catalyst,” which is published by the George W. Bush Institute.

He said 44 percent of millennials are “non-white” — Hispanic, black, Asian and mixed-race. About 50 percent polled think interracial marriage is “a good thing for society,” and about 35 percent think children being raised by same-sex couples is a good thing, according to Taylor. In 2013, about 16 percent of all marriages were between spouses of different races or ethnicity, he said.

“Millennials’ liberalism derives largely from something they’ll never age out of — their diversity,” Taylor says. “They’re the transitional generation to America’s majority nonwhite future.”

“If not for the votes of Millennials in 2012, almost certainly this year, the incumbent president running for re-election would have been Mitt Romney,” Taylor said. If the 2012 presidential campaign been held only among voters age 30 and up, Romney would have won by 2 million votes instead of losing by 5 million votes, according to Taylor.

He said Millennial voter turnout for Barack Obama’s re-election bid in 2012 was about 40 percent. But in the 2014 national election, without a presidential race, Millennial turnout was 20 percent.

Taylor’s book, “The Next America: Boomers, Millennials and the Looming Generational Showdown,” draws on his work at Pew Research Center to reflect on the political impact of young voters between the ages of 18 to 35.

Besides serving as the Pew Research Center’s executive vice president, Taylor served as president of the Alliance for Better Campaigns, a public interest group that sought to improve the content of political campaign communication on television. Its honorary co-chairs had been Walter Cronkite and former Presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter. Before that, he was a newspaper reporter for 25 years, including at The Washington Post.

The Charlemont Forum is supported by the Cultural Councils of Plainfield, Conway, Charlemont, Hawley, Amherst, Heath, and Shelburne through funding from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

To Read Original Post Please Click Link: http://www.recorder.com/Speaker-Youth-vote-crucial-in-presidential-election-3881416

Jan 21st


By Yasmin S

Everyone and anyone who has all three (Marriage, Children & Finances) realizes that they all have there challenges. You meet someone cool and enjoy being around them, you two love each other so much that the next natural step would be to get married:-) Marriage is awesome it's actually an extension of dating but now you legally get to play house:-) all fun.

Next step if you are both on the same page is children - now I didn't say finances because it is ridiculous to wait and save for having children, you will see right away that you can never have enough money for children unless you are independently wealthy and even then children do not understand the value of money or the power it has, thats something they eventually learn from the parent. All children want is your love, time and attention, so please if possible don't wait (but also don't be stupid/selfish you need to have some form of legitimate income and I do not mean government assistance) because children are beautiful, fun and enhance your life in such a wonderful way it can not be explained, it must be experienced.
So children come on board and it's all gravy and everything you both wanted........well not exactly.

That page you both were on starts to tear. What happens is a major disconnect. When the babies start coming everything changes, along with the lack of experience and learning involved comes tiredness, not enough time, financial strains, misunderstandings and non-communication which can lead to other situations that negatively breakdown the foundation that was built up to this point.

For the man - his wife is no longer desirable, shes always tired or cranky (bitchy), he feels neglected, forgotten and unappreciated.

For the women - her husband does not help enough, he's non-sympathetic, does not look at her the way he use to, courting has ceased to exist, no more compliments, she feels neglected,  lonely and unattractive

Now remember, everything up until this point is what they both wanted and love their offspring dearly, the children are not the problem and never will be.

So I ask this of the community, what should be the next step for this couple? counseling? what if things have gotten to the point of disresptectful, embarrassing behavior, humiliating verbal exchanges or just plain co-existing under the same roof like roommates.
Do they have a chance? is it better to just cut your loses and realize that you've grown apart in different directions and may want different things even though it hasn't been said? is it possible to fall out of love with someone so quickly?
Biggest and most important question, do you stay together for the sake of the children?

Waiting for your responses.

Mar 1st

Joke for the day

By Jacquie M

Different Dates


First date:
You get to kiss her goodnight.

Second date:
You get to grope all over and make out a bit.

Third date:
You get to have sex but only when
she wants to and only in the missionary position.


First Date:
You both get blind drunk and have sex.

Second Date:
You both get blind drunk and have sex.

20th Anniversary:
You both get blind drunk and have sex.


First Date:
You take her to a play and an expensive restaurant.

Second Date:
You meet her parents and her Mom makes spaghetti & meatballs.

Third Date:
You have sex, she wants to marry you & insists on a 3-carat ring.

5th Anniversary:
You already have 5 kids together & hate the thought of having sex.

6th Anniversary:
You find yourself a Mistress.


First date:
You get to buy her an expensive dinner but nothing happens.

Second date:
You buy her an even more expensive dinner. Nothing happens again.

Third date:
You don't even get to the third date and you've already realized nothing
is ever going to happen.


First date:
Meet her parents.

Second date:
Set the date of the wedding.

Third date:
Wedding night.


First Date:
You get to buy her a real expensive dinner.

Second Date:
You get to buy her and her girl friend s a real expensive dinner.

Third Date:
You get to pay her rent.


First Date:
You buy her an expensive dinner, get drunk on Tequila, and have sex in
the back of her car.

Second Date:
She's pregnant.

Third Date:
She moves in. One week later, her mother, father, her
two sisters, her brother, all of their kids, her grandma, her sister's boy friend and his
three kids move in and you live on rice and beans for the rest of your life in your home that used to be nice, but now looks like a home along the Tijuana strip.


First Date:
You will have to spend all your money to impress

Second Date:
You will take a loan to keep the image

Third Date :
Your are broke, she finds someone wealthier


First Date:
Mother, Father, Brothers, Sisters, Cousins, Aunts, Uncles, Friends and entire Arab community finds out.

Second Date:
Both of you are shot dead for dishonoring the family.

No third date!!!

Jan 9th

I Have A Dream That People Will View a Picture Like This and Not Think It's a Big Deal

By Yasmin S
Post From Huffingtonpost.com By: Doyin Richards  Father, husband and blogger at Daddy Doin' Work.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was one of the best orators in the history of the world and was one of the Top 10 Americans ever. Believe me, I'm not comparing myself to a legend like Dr. King, but I'm going to share my version of the "I Have A Dream" speech with all of you.

Before I start, let me give you some background.

I took time off from my corporate job for baby bonding with my 3-month old daughter. It's a lot of work being a stay at home parent, but it's so damn rewarding. My baby girl smiles at me nonstop these days and I know it's attributed to the one-on-one time I'm spending with her. It's a blast.

One morning last week, my MDW (Mommy Doin' Work) was running late for work and was worried that she wouldn't be able to get DDW1′s (Daughter Doin' Work) hair done before I had to take her to school. I told her that she could leave and I'd handle it. She countered by saying that doing her hair requires attention and the baby would get upset if I left her alone while I played the role of stylist. Again, I told her that I'd handle it. On the way out she said, "I'll believe it when I see it."

That's when I put DDW2 in the Ergo, stood DDW1 on a stool and worked my hair magic. During the process, I thought, There's no way my wife will believe me if I don't take a picture of this. That's when I set my camera up, put it on a 10-second timer, and took the photo you're about to see. After 15 minutes of multitasking, the final result was a nice, tight ponytail for big sister and a happily sleeping baby in the carrier. Mission accomplished. I emailed the photo to her with the caption "Boom." and we both got a good laugh out of it.

Little did I know how interesting things were about to become.

daddy doin workThe calm before the Internet storm.

After eating some breakfast, I figured I'd post the picture on the DDW Facebook and Twitter feeds. Within hours, the picture went viral (well, at least "viral" for me). At last check, the photo was shared over 4,800 times, received over 3,000 comments, and was liked over 190,000 times. The photo was also "borrowed" by at least 13,164 Facebook pages before I could watermark it. (OK, maybe not 13,164 Facebook pages ... it was probably closer to 23,164 Facebook pages) That was a head-scratcher for me, because I never experienced something like this since I started blogging. The reactions, comments, and emails I received ranged from the overwhelmingly positive to the downright nasty. But as I went through everything, I had a chance to reflect on what I hope for the future. Let's do this.

I have a dream that insecure dads will spend less time hating on good dads and more time on getting their own shit together. I'd say 95 percent of the dads who follow me are actively involved in their kids' lives and view parenting as a 50/50 endeavor with their wives/girlfriends. They send me "Thank You" emails, they'll say it's refreshing to see a guy (me) who embraces fatherhood as much as they do, and they'll refer other good dads to my blog because they know I'll celebrate them. Words cannot express how much I appreciate those men because they will play a huge role in making fatherhood "cool" again. (Granted, I always thought fatherhood was cool, but that's another story).

On the flip side, there's a small pocket of men out there that can't stand me. Here's a sampling of some of the private messages and comments I received from them after I posted this picture:

- "He probably rented those kids. They don't even look like him."

- "I would bet anything that you're a deadbeat."

- "OK buddy, cute picture. Now why don't you hand the children back to their mom so you can go back to selling drugs or your bootleg rap CDs?"

- "So do you do this for all of your illegitimate kids?"

You get the idea.

As I've said in previous blog posts, I'm not immune to hate mail -- and some messages are racist in nature and some aren't. It comes with the territory of doing what I do and I completely understand that. However, do you know what's funny? Oftentimes when a dude posts a public hateful comment on my FB page or Twitter feed, it's followed up by his wife or girlfriend emailing me privately to apologize for his behavior. These women will tell me that their men are angry that I'm making them "look bad" because they aren't holding up their end of the bargain when it comes to parenting. Here's the thing: I don't make anyone look bad. These guys are doing a fine job on their own according to the women in their lives.

Memo to the small pocket of male haters I have: Why don't you put big boy shorts on and get in on the revolution of good fathers? It's not a good look to tear down dads for doing the work your wives wished you were man enough to do on your own. If you don't believe me, just ask your spouses. They'll tell you.

But don't worry. I'll still be here whenever you're ready to step your game up and join #TeamGrownAssMan.

Again, to the amazing fathers out there reading this (which happens to be the overwhelming majority) -- much love to you guys. I appreciate you. Your spouses appreciate you. And most importantly -- your kids appreciate you.

I have a dream that people will be judged by the content of their character and not by the color of their skin. OK, so I had to paraphrase the great MLK on this one. Surprisingly (well, not surprisingly to me) in this instance, the majority of racist emails I received came from other black people. Again, here's a sampling:

- "This would be so much better if those kids were BLACK!"

- "Look at this Uncle Tom. No chance he would be doing this if his kids were black."

- "I'm sorry, but I can't support a brotha who didn't marry a black woman."

- "Your MOM is black and you dishonored her by marrying outside of your race? You probably can't handle a strong black woman."

***DDW steps away from his computer to check his calendar to ensure it's 2013 and not 1913***

Allow me a moment to address the small pocket of racists who share the same race as me.

Dr. King dedicated his life to ensuring people could live a life free of judgments based on skin color. He dedicated his life to ensuring future generations could marry anyone without dealing with persecution. But there are people "on his team" (yes, I know we're ALL on the same team, just roll with me on this, please) who are sabotaging his work. If the first thing you want to do is to criticize the skin color of my kids for not being as dark as mine, you have some serious issues.

Yes, I married a woman who is half-white and half-Japanese. Yes, the skin of my babies happens to be a few shades lighter than mine. Yes, my mom (a black woman born and raised in the deep south of Mississippi) loves my wife and kids because she's smart enough to know that love is colorblind. All of my black friends and family members feel the same way.

You mad?

Grow up and stop being so f*cking ignorant. You're a damn embarrassment to Dr. King and his legacy.

To be clear, I'm not addressing all black folks here -- because the overwhelming majority of my black followers are kind, clear-thinking, and intelligent individuals.

It's just that the dumbest ones are usually the loudest ones.

I have a dream that people will view a man's love for fatherhood for what it is instead of thinking there's something "fishy" going on. A lot of people really dig the fact that I dig daddying (yes, I made it a verb) as much as I do. However, since I started my blog 17 months ago, I've come across some people who will look at me and think, There's no way this guy can be as passionate about fatherhood as he is. I bet he's using his kids in an attempt to become rich and famous. It's sad.

Think of the Mommy blogs you like to follow (some of which have a larger following than I have). If they share their love for motherhood, you probably wouldn't think twice about it because that's what moms are "supposed to do," right? But if a human being with a penis shares the same passion for being a parent, it somehow becomes strange and fishy? And that makes sense ... how, exactly?

I love being a dad and I love sharing my love of fatherhood with others. Shit, being a dad is one of the few things in life I'm actually good at. Of course I'm going to be passionate about this gig. My dream is that ALL people will embrace men who embrace fatherhood instead of wondering if they have ulterior motives. Remember, we're the good guys in this fight.

I have a dream that people will view a picture like this and not think it's such a big deal. Don't get me wrong here -- it's a very cute picture, and it's cool when people say so. However, I start to get a little uncomfortable when people want to start planning parade routes for me because of it. Somewhere there's a dad doing the exact same thing for his daughters. Somewhere there's a dad who put his foot down with his boss and refused to attend an "urgent staff meeting" so he could leave work early to attend his daughter's dance recital. Somewhere there's a single dad successfully getting his three sons ready for school. Somewhere there's a stay at home dad crushing all of the cooking, cleaning, laundry for his family. Somewhere there's a dad who would rather play catch in the backyard with his son instead of killing pixelated terrorists on his XBox.

In other words, there are plenty of good, involved dads out there. Many of them are reading this post right now.

I've posted hundreds of pictures of my family since I started blogging and I had no idea that this one would cause such a seismic shift on the WWW. But what if I posted a picture of MDW doing what I did in that picture? Many would probably think it's cute, but after ten seconds of looking at it, they would probably move on to the next shiny object on their newsfeed. Why? Because it just wouldn't be a big deal to many people if a woman did it.

Until we can get to the point where men and women can complete the same parenting tasks and the reactions are the same, we will have problems. If you want to create a statue for me for taking care of my daughters, create one for the moms who are doing the same damn thing everyday for their kids without receiving a "Thank you" or an "Ooooh" or "Ahhhh."

These behaviors should be expected of moms and dads. No exceptions.

That ends my rant.

For many of you, this is the first blog post you've ever read from me. Just so you know, I'm usually the lighthearted guy online and I'm rarely this angry -- but today I had to regulate a bit.

In time you'll determine if you love me or hate me. If you love me, that's good news because I'm going to continue doing the stuff you love. If you hate me, that's bad news because I'm going to continue doing the stuff you hate. If you fall into the "hate" category, just send my blog to all of your enemies (that'll show 'em). For the rest of you, I'm so humbled and happy to be a guy you follow and enjoy as we embark on this crazy road of parenthood together.

On a side note, I wrote this entire post while my baby girl was sleeping on me in the Ergo. It's not a big deal. That's just what a Daddy Doin' Work is supposed to do.


This post originally appeared on Daddy Doin' Work. Published in partnership with The Good Men Project.

Nov 25th

Interracial Dating Is Fundamentally Changing America

By Yasmin S
ORIGINAL SOURCE: Ellie Krupnick @ MIC.com

It's often said that love is blind. But it doesn't need to be.

Interracial relationships are on a steady rise. It's been less than 50 years since blacks and whites have been able to legally marry, thanks to the Supreme Court, and 15.1% of new marriages in 2010 were between different races or ethnicities. This brings the share of all interracial or interethnic marriages to a historic high of 8.4%, according to Pew Research Center data. Compare that with 1980, when less than 7% of new marriages took place between interracial couples and the share of overall marriages was just 3%. 

Growing numbers have come with growing acceptance. In 1987, Pew found that only 13% of Americans completely agreed that interracial dating was acceptable; that share grew to 56% in 2009. Young people are even more open-minded: Roughly 9 in 10 millennials said they'd be OK with a family member marrying someone of another race or ethnicity.

But the significance of the change goes beyond simple acceptance. When Pew asked about the impact of interracial marriage on society, 43% of Americans said more intermarriage has been a change for the better.

Interracial relationships aren't a panacea to end racism, of course; nor can any type of relationship be over-generalized as better than another. But interracial relationships can actively help make America a more diverse, accepting place. Here's how.

The more visible high-profile interracial couples are, the more normalized they become. 

Witnessing interracial couples in pop culture won't immediately rid Americans of racist ideas, but it helps. Notable fictional examples include Olivia and Fitz on Scandal and Mindy and Danny on The Mindy Project, while the persistent presence of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West on our magazine covers show how it's done in real life. 
Too often, on-screen interracial relationships are limited to the pairing of a white person, usually a male, with a woman of color, ignoring the fact that other constructions do exist. But the representations we do have can help move the ball forward. Just as negative racial portrayals contribute to negative stereotypes, more positive visibility for cross-race couples in media makes a difference. We learn through seeing and observing models, as psychologists have shown; the fancy scientific term is "social cognitive theory." 

"Symbolic communication influences human thought, affect, and action," psychologist Albert Bandura wrote in 2001, and symbolic communication includes mass media. "Human nature is a vast potentiality that can be fashioned by direct and observational experience." 

Fitz and Olivia on "Scandal."Source: ABC

Marketing campaigns and commercials are also raising awareness. Cheerios drew praise (and some ire) in 2013 for a commercial featuring an interracial family. And as writer Meagan Hatcher-Mays said in Jezebel, "This is just a stupid commercial about Cheerios but it means a lot to me. It shows interracial families and their children being normal and cute, not something to gawk at or to question." That imagery can be powerful. Hatcher-Mays wrote, "Increased visibility of our differences leads to things like 'acceptance' and 'disrupting the status quo' and also 'not arresting biracial people's dads for kidnapping.'" 

Source: YouTube

Knowing interracial couples can be an antidote to personal prejudice.

When it comes to cross-race relations, social cognitive psychology suggests that with "sufficient motivation ... people are able to focus on the unique qualities of individuals, rather than on the groups they belong to." 

Which means having a more diverse social circle or a person of different race in your immediate family can be an antidote to prejudice and stereotyping. Match.com spoke with several mixed-race partners and found that the couples' own families grew more accepting and less prejudiced the more they had regular contact with their children's spouses. 

A Louisiana-based project on interracial couples for the Advocate revealed similar testimonies. "People tend to have preconceived notions about each other based on race or culture that hinder them from getting to know one another," one woman named Kristy said. "That's where we were in the beginning with my parents." 

Because what could be more sufficiently motivating than getting families or friend groups to get along?

Newly married interracial couples are more common than ever.Source: Wall Street Journal

Mixed-race couples can be models for appreciative, respectful relationships.

Research has shown that the existence of interracial partnerships is complicated by socioeconomic status, novelty and even the fetishization of someone of one race by another; these factors could play a role in how interracial couples see each other or what motivates the relationship in the first place. 

Moreover, conventional wisdom and past academic research has suggested that interracial relationships fare worse than same-race ones. 

While these forces are real, there are optimistic findings that paint a different picture of both the motivation for interracial relationships and how they fare. Several studies show that the differences between interracial couples don't necessarily strain the relationship itself. Moreover, the palpable differences between two people can be a positive force: Research from 1997 found that "individuals involved in interracial romantic relationships report they value each other's differences as providing novelty and contributing to self-expansion." 

Similarly, a 2014 psychology study from the University of California, Irvine, found that college students in interracial relationships rated their partners more highly for attractiveness and intelligence than their peers in same-race relationships, showing a high level of regard for one another. 

It doesn't mean interracial partners make inherently superior significant others. But it does point to an optimistic truth: Difference in a relationship can go along with a healthy level of understanding, respect and affection between two people.

Interracial dating is ushering in a more multiracial future.

One outcome of interracial is multiracial families. In 2000, the first year the U.S. Census Bureau allowed Americans to check more than one race on their forms, 6.8 million did so. In 2010, that number was up to nearly 9 million. 

By 2050, it's predicted that 54% of the U.S. population will be minorities. Growing acceptance of cross-race relationships, augmented by the continuous stream of immigration, is expected to blend our country even more in the coming decades. As Mic's Zak Cheney-Rice wrote, "In a matter of years we'll have Tindered, OkCupid-ed and otherwise sexed ourselves into one giant amalgamated mega-race." 

What will that look like? National Geographic put together a collage of multiracial Americans to take a guess, and it looks like this:

Source: National Geographic

Interracial marriage can't on its own end racism, nor should couples who marry outside their race shoulder that responsibility on their own. And achieving a more multiracial society isn't a goal for beauty's sake, although so many in our society currently fixate on the physical beauty of biracial individuals. (Recent research shows that biracial singles are the most desired ethnicity when it comes to online dating.) 

The significance of more multiracial families, rather, is that the blending helps erode the racial distinctions artificially constructed to begin with. It's widely held that race has no basis in genetics, and as the census responses indicate, what makes a person one race versus another remains a decision of personal identification, not a science-based designation. "I just say I'm brown," McKenzi McPherson, 9, told National Geographic. "And I think, 'Why do you want to know?'" 

Interracial dating is on the rise, but it hasn't ended racism. OkCupid data recently revealed that while users claim to be open-minded, racial background makes a difference for matching. And not all races approach interracial dating in the same way.

Moreover, there are certain races that suffered more from these judgments than others. The OkCupid data shows that black men and women both face the biggest "penalties" from daters of other races, an unfortunate sign of continued discrimination against blacks. The OkCupid data showed similar results for same-sex couples, albeit with slightly less pronounced biases.
As sociologist Jennifer Lee, author of The Diversity Paradox, told Mic, the OkCupid data is in line with broader demographic data. "Racial boundaries are fading more rapidly for today's new immigrant groups than for black Americans," she said, as more Asians and Latinos seem to benefit from cross-race acceptance. Even as we make progress, certain prejudices and long-standing misperceptions persist.
But we're getting there, Lee said: "Increased intermarriage and interracial dating indicate that the racial boundaries that have long separated groups are slowly beginning to fade." America is changing, and cross-racial connections are just one powerful force helping us on the way.

To read original post please click here: http://mic.com/articles/104558/interracial-dating-is-making-america-more-beautiful-here-s-how 
Apr 28th

How this site came to be

By Yasmin S
First off, I'd like to thank you for visiting and becoming a valued member within our community.

This social site was literally conceptualized in one minute!
On July 1, 2011 it was about 85 degrees outside and I was roasting under the hair dryer at the salon, ahhhhh the price for beauty. You could say the dryer cooked up the idea :-) LOL!! :-( whahh...whahhhhh.

No....no really now, About a month ago I threw a birthday party for my son and one of the kids he invited from his class just happened to be  bi-racial. At a later date I had a conversation with this little boys mom and she wanted to know why there were so many mixed couples and families at the party. She asked if it was some sort of club or group that she and her husband could join. I laughed OUT LOUD! and explained that there was no club or group, that the guests in question were all friends & family. She was surprised about that.
I really liked her and told her that our boys get along so well that she and her family can hang out with us anytime.

So while cooking under the dryer. VOILA!! the main dish was served and I call it Happily Mixed Up.com.

I'm hoping that within this community you will be able to make awesome new friends, share fantastic & meaningful stories, get helpful advice and much needed support.

Most important enjoy being HAPPILY MIXED UP!
Best wishes
Mar 1st


By Yasmin S
I've been crazy busy behind the scenes, working diligently with my team on the re-design of the community site. I'm SO EXCITED About the new look! what do you think?
Also been crazy helping  the WIP Team get things going,  we are constantly trying to come up with the best ways to help all the singles looking for love find one another! Just when we think it's time to go forward full force, something new & cool is presented and the direction changes aahhhhhhh - but its all good things comin:-)
Visit the Wip website and send them your preferences www.wipspeeddating .com
Feb 14th

Why mixed-race comic was 'born a crime'

By Yasmin S

Trevor Noah - Fast Rising Biracial Comic
From Jessica Ellis, CNN
updated 6:30 AM EST, Wed February 13, 2013

At just 28 years old, Noah is already a big name in his country's fledgling standup scene, as well as a cover star for Rolling Stone South Africa. But despite treating the audience as friends, he's not afraid of provocative subject matter, with his latest show called "The Racist."

Watch Trevor Noah's standup

S. African comedian: I was born a crime
Trevor Noah: Humor is global

The son of a black South African woman and a white Swiss man who met when interracial relationships were illegal in South Africa, Noah jokes that he was "born a crime." On stage, he draws upon his particular life experiences to tackle thorny issues with his funny, and sometimes trenchant, punchlines.

"My mom would be arrested, she would be fined and still she was like 'ooh, I don't care, I want a white man, ooh,'" he tells a laughing audience gathered in London's Soho Theater. "And my dad was also like, well, you know how the Swiss love chocolate."

Noah's mixed-race heritage defines his routine. Race and ethnicity are leading themes in his standup, echoing his life while growing up in a Soweto township during the apartheid years and being labeled mixed race.

"In the streets my father couldn't walk with us -- he would walk on the other side of the road and wave at me -- like a creepy pedophile," he tells the Soho Theater crowd. "And my mom could walk with me but every time the police went by she would drop me -- I felt like a bag of weed."

CLICK Link For Full Article http://www.cnn.com/2013/02/13/showbiz/trevor-no

Oct 20th

Facebook changes privacy settings for teens

By Yasmin S
Facebook changes privacy settings for teens

By Heather Kelly, CNN
updated 3:24 PM EDT, Thu October 17, 2013 | Filed under: Social Media

-- Facebook is relaxing its rules for teenagers. The 13- to 17-year-old set now has the option to share photos, updates and comments with the general public on Facebook. That means strangers, and companies collecting data for advertisers and marketing companies, will be able to see select posts. Teenagers will also be able to turn on the Follow feature for their profiles, which would allow anyone they're not friends with to see their public posts in the main news feed.

Go to link for rest of article http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/16/tech/social-media/facebook-teens-privacy/

Facebook Is Losing Teens, And New Privacy Settings Won't Bring Them Back

Forbes Contributor Kelly Clay

There’s no question that Facebook FB +3.85% is quickly losing teenage users to other social networks. In February, Facebook admitted in its annual 10-K report filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission that it was aware that younger users were less engaged with the social network than previously. Facebook stated:

“We believe that some of our users, particularly our younger users, are aware of and actively engaging with other products and services similar to, or as a substitute for, Facebook. For example, we believe that some of our users have reduced their engagement with Facebook in favor of increased engagement with other products and services such as Instagram. In the event that our users increasingly engage with other products and services, we may experience a decline in user engagement and our business could be harmed.”

Go to link for rest of articlte http://www.forbes.com/sites/kellyclay/2013/10/19/facebook-is-losing-teens-and-new-privacy-settings-wont-bring-them-back/