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    Who Pays for your Slay?

    by: Joi Divine   You may or may not think about your favorite makeup brands’ stance on animal testing, but once you’ve read this I hope you’ll at least have knowledge of what your favorite companies are doing with regards to animal testing and I’ll leave the decision about what products you purchase in your hands because after all, it is your money. To me, animal testing for cosmetics, is an antiquated and unnecessary practice. In several countries the sale of cosmetic brands that test on animals is illegal. However, there is no such ban in the United States. According to PETA, some scientists have acknowledged that there are cheaper,…

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    Oh, I’m Saved!

    by: Zetta Johnson It is not uncommon to hear the phrase ‘I’m saved’ or maybe even “I know Jesus” being used more and more. I have found that some people identify themselves as Christians or being saved because grandma used to take them to church or because one of their family members is a minister. For some it could even be that they are saved because they were baptized as a child. Then there are others who simply think believing God is real and doing good deeds is what makes them saved. Now don’t get me wrong these are positive things, but what does it really mean to be saved?…

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    Presssed Down, Shaken Together & Running Out of Reasons

    There are so many ideologies, concerns, and expectations surrounding the most appropriate way to give but what is the correct way to handle the act of giving? Why must there be regulations and structure to something that mentions a free and cheerful giver? 2 Corinthians 9:7 reads, “Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” If God loves a cheerful giver, why isn’t simply giving enough to satisfy the requirement? The basis of tithing needs to be presented as a culture of pure benevolence instead of a race to fund raise blurry projects. Let’s discuss the…

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    Spring has Sprung with Mz. Red Carpet

    by: Mz. Red Carpet   Well, it finally looks like spring has sprung. (In some states) Our skin has survived the treacherous winter months and now it’s time to get it back on track. Everything from facial wash down to our moisturizers and even our foundations are about to change to fit the new season. But I’ll talk more about that in the next issue. Cosmetic lines such as Bh Cosmetics, Nars, Anastasia Beverly Hills (just to name a few) are already rolling out the new spring collections. They have some really great products (especially that new highlighter “glow” kit from Anastasia) let’s just say the makeup gawd is pleased…

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    Dear Joy…

    Dear Joy… I grew up in the church. Literally my whole life the only time I ever missed a service was when I was finally old enough to work and was scheduled on Sunday’s. I can remember being a member of three churches in my life with the most recent being since we moved while I was in 5th grade and would have been a member of 16 years by now. When I was 18 I left for college returning every now and then but still going to the same church. When I was 19 I moved out to stay with my dad but still had a desire to go…

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    #BlackWomanHeal

    For this issue our editor was able to speak with Alexandra Gee-Lewis about her strong desire to help others. That desire began at a young age watching her own mother who was involved in non-profit organizations. When Alexandra was 17 she went on a mission trip to the Dominican Republic. Upon her return she felt a need to become more involved with her mother and work with Lilada’s Livingroom. Lilada’s Livingroom is an organization that is geared towards working with teenage girls and young adult women. Lilada’s Livingroom was founded by Alexandra’s mother, Lilada Gee. After Lilada battled with overcoming her past life experiences of sexual abuse by her step-father…

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    Spring Fashion: Little White Dress

      With the smell of spring at the tip of our noses, it’s time to toss away the deep Fall and Winter tones, and whip out some light colors. As the old tradition goes, we store our white dresses after Labor Day until Easter Sunday. So let’s reach into our closets and resurrect those white-as-snow, pure white dresses!

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    Raising Friendlies

    by: Esperanza Cherry   As parents we try to raise kind and loving children and in return we also want to see our children treated with love and kindness. It breaks our heart to see our children being mistreated or abused. We so quickly turn into Momma Bear to defend our child but do we protect the precious children of others with the same passion from our own kids? Are we more concerned that others are good friends to our children than we are about our children being good friends to them? So the question is, why isn’t our child’s lack of being a good friend being acknowledged? Maybe the…

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    Empowering Women, Igniting Change

    With March being Women History Month it is only befitting for Nouveau Exposure to feature a woman who is impacting the world locally, nationally and globally. Carlisha Williams is a woman of many hats. She was born in Monroe, LA and raised in Tulsa, OK. She started her career as a young woman teaching and has grown to be the Executive Director of Tulsa Legacy Charter School. She also does consulting work as well as runs a growing organization known as Women Empowering Nations (WEN). She describes herself as a social entrepreneur. In her own words, she “helps leaders to identify their power, unlock their purpose and develop their platform.”…