My First Ink.





So fun fact, I've been meditating off and on since the age of 7. Got into it again in college and then again 10 years ago and I've been meditating everyday, ever since-- both walking and sitting. After a couple of years of self-inquiry in the style of Ramana Maharshi, I became acutely aware of presence or 'beingness'. At first I thought I was aware of the presence. But it soon became abundantly clear that the presence is 'I' and aware of itself and completely independent of and prior to every appearance (including the body and mind), but also what allows every appearance to be! It is formless, faceless and omnipresent.

Nappi Hour Is Headed to New Orleans for Essence Fest

Photo by Nicci Briann/AFROTRAK
After successfully celebrating its sixth month anniversary in Chicago, Nappi Hour is headed to New Orleans for Essence Fest. Since launching in January, the event produced by AFROTRAK has grown to become one of the largest happy hour events for Black millennials in the Chicagoland area. Dubbed a place for us to "Come let your hair down after work," Nappi Hour fuses Afrobeats, Reggae, Jerk Chicken and Old School Family Reunion Vibes. Check out the photo recap below by in-house photographer Nicci Briann.

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New 'Afridate' Dating App Allows Users To Search For Matches Based On Nationality


When it comes to dating, it is a brave new digital world out there. While I still hear the occasional romantic tale of boy meets girl at some random book fair, night club, church picnic, ice cream festival or meetup, I’m much more likely to hear of such a connection being made by way of an online site or a dating app. According to a 2016 Pew Research Center Study, 80 percent of Americans think a website like OkCupid or an app like Tinder are good ways to meet people while majorities also believe that online dating is simpler, more effective and leads to better matches.

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Chia Seeds & Natural Hair


by Mary Wolff

We should all know by now that great hair is a combination of what you put on the inside and what you do on the outside. The relationship between diet and hair care habits is one you need to master to get the best results. One of best ways to get the nutrition you need, and care for hair externally, is with chia seeds! A curly favorite for quite some time now, chia seeds and natural hair have a long history and for a good reason.

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Remy Ma Starts Healthcare Fund for Mothers Who Want Kids But Can't Afford It

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Remy Ma is legit “all the way up!” Following the success of her fire “SHEther” track, the Bronx native recently took to the infamous Summer Jam stage, bringing along a live-catalogue of legendary female hip-hop artists with her for an iconic and unforgettable performance.

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