Getting sweaty with Lululemon

Pit Check

Running has become a way for me to stay in shape and relieve stress, and also help balance out my addiction to carbs,  so as I began to pursue it more and more, I wanted a product that would motivate me while ensuring that I look good.

Spending more time running meant that I needed to invest the same amount of money into my running wardrobe as I do in my other clothing. That’s when I learned that shopping for workout clothes would be different than shopping for everyday wear. Although it ranked high, looking good was not priority, but functionality was. As I looked around, I couldn’t find the two together. I would find a pair of shorts and shirt that look great, but after doing a few jumping jacks, yes jumping jacks, in the dressing room the comfort just wasn’t there. Then I would find something that passed the jumping jack test, but was lacking in the looks department.

Then I found Lululemon. I had seen their logo before on people as ran the lakes or even on the person, but it was brief conversation at Target that made me want to try the brand. As I stood in the checkout line I heard a man and woman discussing the seven-mile run they had just finished – they looked as if they were dressed to begin a run and not like they had just finished one. I just knew they were freaks of nature. So I asked them “Did you guys literally just finishing running seven miles in 70 degree weather?”. The lady looked at me and replied “Yes”. Their faces were red and sweaty, but the rest of their bodies and their clothes were bone dry. I pointed this out to the woman and said that’s why I asked and man replied, “We’re wearing Lululemon”.

From that brief conversation I knew Lululemon sounded exactly what was I looking for – it would provide comfort, functionality, yet still look appealing.

After search online I found Baton Rouge was home to a Lululemon show room. Also through my research I learned that Lululemon began yoga-inspired athletic apparel company, but branched out to provide comfort those who run, work out and participate in other sweaty pursuits.

The Lululemon showroom in Baton Rouge is located at 7342 Highland Road
The Lululemon showroom in Baton Rouge is located at 7342 Highland Road

I was slightly apprehensive about visiting because I thought I’d be entering a place filled with yoga and running enthusiasts who would be nothing but annoyed that an amateur had ventured into their territory. It couldn’t have been more of the opposite, as soon as I entered the small showroom – the sales associate, Amanda began a conversation with me.

The first product I got was the Metal Vent Tech SS shirt. Not only does it have mesh venting, it’s seam free to avoid chaffing. I also got a pair of Pace Breaker shorts.

I try to run at least 12 miles a week, usually three miles per day, but wearing Lululemon pushed me to run farther. The comfort of their athletic apparel is the best. I usually run without a shirt to help keep cool, but the lightweight feel and moisture wick material of the Metal Vent Tech SS shirt kept me cooler than I would’ve been shirtless. As ran I could feel the breeze through the breathable material as I took each stride.

I was just as comfortable in the Pace Breaker shorts. I actually want use them for lounging and lunging and I even slept in them one night to ensure I would get up and run. My favorite feature is the strategically placed mesh venting on the sides and the two way stretch fabric allowing the wearer to move easily in them.

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Located in Lululemon T-shirts are motivational messages, mine told me to “Drink, Sweat, Repeat”

No matter what type of workout you do, you can’t avoid sweat and odor but the Pace Breaker Short and Metal Vent Tech SS Shirt absorb both. When I run I sweat a lot, sometimes to the point I have to wring out my shirt, but when I finished my run, just like the couple I saw at Target, you could only see sweat on my forehead. As far as odor, neither of the products needed to be washed until third or fourth workout.

Needless to say Lululemon has found a customer for life in me. Its been almost three months I’ve been running in my Lululemon gear and their products continue to not only motivate me to want to work harder and sweat more, but also my runs are now more comfortable and enjoyable.

The Metal Vent Tech SS Shirt only needs to washed between every third to fifth workout. I waited until the sixth to test that theory find out what happens below:

A night with Alpha Tau

71 women joined the Alpha Tau Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority , Incorporated on Thursday April 24. Their New Initiate Presentation was hosted at Southern University’s the F.G. Clark Activity Center in front of more than three-thousand supporters. I got to spend the evening capturing some of the moments ,check out the photos below:IMG_0950IMG_0841IMG_0404IMG_0390IMG_0424IMG_0396IMG_0393IMG_0477IMG_0415IMG_0425IMG_0433IMG_0730IMG_0430IMG_0427IMG_0435IMG_0485IMG_0496IMG_0622IMG_0858IMG_0714IMG_0852IMG_0802IMG_0863IMG_0897IMG_0841

Too Short to Headline Next Installment of Way Back Wednesday Concert Series

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I remember when Affilliate Nation’s C.E.O told me they  would bring events to Baton Rouge that would be orginal and fun and  the “Way Back Wednesday” concert series is exactly that.

Rapper Too Short will headline the third installment of  series on Wednesday September 18th at The Varsity Theater.  Comedian Bigg Sexxy will still serve as host of the event and keep the crowd laughing during performances.

The “Way Back Wednesday” concert series has hosted legendary rappers such as Mystical and Master P, which have both sold out, and not only gave fans a good time but reminder of why they’re still in the game.

The third installment definitely won’t be  the last and the series is expected to bring rap legends such as Nelly, LL Cool J, and 50 cent to Baton Rouge.

In case you missed out on the last installment headlined Mystical; check out how epic it was thanks to I.D.D.O. Productions.

Visit the varsitytheatre.com to buy tickets before they’re gone.  Text anation to 99000 for a chance to win all access passes. To find out more about Affiliate Nation’s “Throwback Thursday” concert series visit theafilliatenation.com

Mo’Nique to Headline First Show in Baton Rouge

This afternoon when I heard Mo’Nique would be making an appearance in the Capitol city ,and Good Life Production would be  responsible for bringing the Queen to her subjects in Baton Rouge I had to call them to the official details.

Here they are:

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Academy Award-winning actress a.k.a. the Queen of Comedy ,Mo’Nique will make her Baton Rouge debut when she headlines Monique and Friends at the River Center on Saturday, August 17th.

“There have been a lot large scale concerts this summer ,but we haven’t had events for mature crowds to come out relax and enjoy themselves and this show provide them that experience” said Quincy Q Quiett , CEO of Good life productions.

Quiett said after bringing sought after musicians like Gucci Mane ,Rick Ross and Trina and controversial reality tv personalities such as Josline Hernandez and Stevie J during the summer there also need showcase diversity among the city’s nightlife.

It’s been 2 years BET cancelled her late night talk show and 4 years since her Oscar-winning performance in Lee Daniels’ Precious.

“We haven’t seen much of over the past couple of years but when you’ve built such great reputation and brand like Monquie’s you can take break your fans will anxiously await your return” said Quiett

Although the mother of three has been on a hiatus that doesn’t mean the queen has been lounging on her throne. This year Mo’Nique changed her diet , began exercising regularly and those changes yielded your highness an astonishing 82 lbs weight loss.

Although comedian’s waistline has gotten smaller she is still working on providing fans with big laughs. She currently touring and in the process of developing a new show with BET Networks.

“People can expect from this show what they will get every Good Life event not just a high quality show , but instead a high quality experience.”, said Quiett

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I did my best to get all the details on the “friends” that will be joining Mo’Nique on stage ,but Q told me some thing’s are better left a surprise and we won’t be disappointed.

Tickets can purchased from now until the date of the show from any Ticketmaster, Wal-Mart or the River Center box office.

You’re welcome for the heads up.

Started from the Bottom Now We’re Here: Commemorating the Southern 16

Painted by Toufeeq Muhammad.
Painted by Toufeeq Muhammad.

 

 

Last Thursday ,March 28th ,  while  I was driving  downtown Drake’s “Started from the Bottom” came on the radio. It is one of the top songs in the country, but I thought about the relevenence the song might have to my destination. One particular part of the song stuck out to me:

started from the bottom/now we’re here/started from the bottom now we’re here/started from the bottom now my whole team here/… boys will  tell stories bout the men/”

In this hit song the rapper chronicles the strugles he went through to rise to success. This was the soundtrack that accompanied my drive to the Kress gallery where Southern students were being honored.

As I drove that song came on a second time and that same part stuck out to me. I continued to think about where I was heading.The “Honoring Our Past” luncheon ,and the only thing I knew about the event prior to attending was that Southern Alumni would be honored for their efforts in the civil rights movement.

After listening to the song and thinking about my agenda it hit me:

When you’re a Southern student most expect you to appreciate Southern’s hitstory, but through our tenure at the university we are rarely given an explanation of how Southern students helped African Americans “start out from the bottom and make here”.

Dr. Rachel Emauel,Southern University School of Law Professor, said she has traveled throughout the country and even Louisiana residents are unware of the contribuitons their state made to the civil rights movement. She has talked with other documentary filmakers and journalist who said ensuring the rest of the country understands the value of the contributions made by Lousiana to the civil rights movements starts with educating Louisiana reisents.

This is one of the reason that inspired her to produce “Taking a Seat for Justice”.

On March 28th 1960 seven Southern Univiersity students entred the S.E. Kress Building and sat down at the “whites only” lunch counter. After refusing to move to “colored” section the police were called and arrived with the press.

The seven students were placed under arrest for disturbing the peace. After spending six hours in jail they were released . The next day nine more students held another sit-in at a different downtown Baton Rouge restaraunt. Those students were also arrested and two days later on March 30th the all 16 students ,who participated in the sit-ins, were expelled from Southern from Southern.

Future Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall and NAACP La. Attorney A.P. Tureaud represented the group before the La. Supreme Court where they lost. In Decemeber of 1961, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the veridict.

Taking a Seat For Justice” chronicles what life was like for the 16 demonstraters following their expullsion from Southern and the effects it had , on the univeristy, the state, and the country.

The documenatry and it’s production resprsents what we are capable of doing at Southern University as leaders and everytime you this film I look it at with a new appreation for the University and it’s students” said Dr. James Llorens , Southern Univeristy Chancellor  

On May 14, 2004 13 of the Southern 16 recieved honorary bachelor’s degrees in the majors they were studying at the time of their expulsion.

Then I realized I was watching this documentary in the exact same building those seven students demonstrated in 53 years ago. If it wasn’t for those alumni who came before me, I might not have been able to go sit and enjoy lunch in the very same Kress Building 53 years later.

The Kress Building. Downtown Baton Rouge.
The Kress Building. Downtown Baton Rouge.

The area where the gallery is today the same area the sit-in took place and motivated us to commemorate the students and as a younger generation when we discover history we should make it our mission to pass it on.” said Tray Turner, Kress Gallery Curator.

After taking in the fact that I was in a building where history was made, I was also in the presence of history being created by Artist Toufeeq Muhammad. Muhammad unveiled  The Southern Seven a painting  commemorating the student’s efforts to bring equality to Louisiana.

 I hope people take three things from this painting: curiosity to do the research on the civil rights movement in Louisiana , the impact Southern has had on Baton Rouge, and how art can be a catalyst for change” said Muhammad.

Feeq said he was made aware of Southern’s role in the civil rights movement after attending another art gallery showcasing African American Art. He chose to use the style Abstract Cubism because it that style not only a progressive style but has African origins also. 

Southern University Chancellor James Llorens and Artist Taufeeq Muhammad
Southern University Chancellor James Llorens and Artist Taufeeq Muhammad

I have always had a deep love and appreciation for Southern, but now I have such a clear understanding of how my alma mater ,and the fearless students who came before me,helped shape our country that love and appreciation now runs deeper than I thought  possible.

 

Tony Brown : “Only You Can Determine The Outcome of Your Destiny”

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“I am having a wonderful day and I hope you are having one  also and I am having wonderful day because I won’t let today be anything else. It doesnt matter what anyone else says and it doesn’t matter what anyone else does I will determine what today is for me.”

That is what esteemed journalist and history maker Tony Brown told students, public officilas and citizens when he spoke at Baton Rouge High School.

“Your performance in whatever field you choose is going to be determined by your character. I love America unapologeticly. I’m not angry with anyone in America, I don’t blame anyone in America for what happened to me because I know they do not control my destiny”, said Brown

The journalist-entrepeneur is known best as the commentator of Tony Brown’s Journal, the longest-running series on PBS ,1968-2008, and the only national Black Affairs TV series in U.S. History.

Brown has amassed a wealth of knowlodge as a journalist and lives by the personal motto “ diversity through excellence”, sheared with the audience that h inside the word “Learn”is the word “earn”. Beacause according to Brown if you the amount of knowlodge one has is related to one’s earning ability.

“You will want money and you will want a lot of it to get what you want. I like to say the only color of freedom is green. “ said Brown

Brown said to the audience if you have earned knowloge you have learned that someone will pay you to use what you have learned in whatever filed you have studied. Brown believes that not only striving for excellence should surround themsleves with others who are doing the same he shared a quote from German philospher Goethe:

“If you treat and individual the way are they will remain what they are but if you treat an idividual but if you treat for that could become that person will be come what they should or ought to be”

Brown elaborated on the quote for the audience by stating:

“If I treat you like someone who as done something outstanding but if you have the mind set your accomplishent is average then I have left you like I found you and you haven’t benefited from our friendship at all. If I demand of you as condition of our friendship or relationship that you do better you will become what you ought to be. “ said Brown

This was a lesson the Brown learned and a young age and grew up to become the definition of that lesson. Born During the Depression era in in West Virginia at the age of two monts Brown was dopted by Elizabeth Samford .

Brown recalls there was somehting unique about Samford and said In an uncanny way growing up in legally segrated Charleston ,West Virginia this maid and dishwasher was able to teach and show him things he has have never experienced since.

Brown said not only was he able to learn grammar and entrprenurial skills from his adoptive mother but also life lessons as well.

“ One day I rushed home from school in a panic and told her that other students told me I was more she looked at me and said no son we’re not poor we’re broke”. Recalled Brown

Brown said his mother explained to a young a Tony there is a difference between being poor and being “broke”. If youre poor you behave poorly if you don’t have as much money as your nieghbors or any money at all that doesnt men you are poor.

“She told me we would do something about not having money and that in particular would do somehting about by going to college” said Brown

Brown said it was Samford who explained to him that word earn is inside of the word learn and that it would be impossible for him to not aquire money while aquiring knowledge.

“If dont you have dont have anything to sell there no one will buy it no matter how much they think of you. If you dont have knowlodge you cant teach and if you dont have money you can’t give. You have to produce something to give it away and secodn you have to have knowlodge to order to teach someone else.” said Brown

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( Left to Right, John Daniel of John G. Daniel Productions, Tony Brown, and Jacqueline Vines Cox Communications Southwest Region Senior Vice President)

Now at the age of 79 Brown is still practicing the lessons he’s learned from Samford and throughout his career by creating the Tony Brown Online Video library .

Brown said that more journalism is constantly evolving and that to stay relevant in the industry journalist must evolve with it especially minorities.

“Minorities are stampeding a away from conventional broadcast 90% of the on air telvison stars are white , while 90% of the stars on the internet are minorites” said Brown

After five years of perparation Brown’s online video library will provide those who subscribe with more than 1,000 hours of interviews and footage chronicling Brown’s career. Subscribers will have unlimited access to the live time Capsule that is “Tony Brown’s Journal” that will allow viewers to relive moments Brown has with guest that have included, Denzel Washington, Malcom X, Gladys Knight, Corretta Scott King , Bill Cosby, Booker T. Washington and Many more.

Besides being known for making history as journalist Brown also served as a civil rights leader and is responsible, along with Martin Luther King Jr. for organizing one of the largest marches in the Country. He has gone on to serve as the first dean of journalism/communications at both Howard and Hampton Universitys. Brown has been honored for contributions to journalism by being inducted into the Scripps Howard School of Journalsim Hall of fame, being named one of the 100 most imporant randio talk show host in America by Talker’s radio trade magazine, and reciciving the prestigous National Acadmeny of Recording Arts & Sciences’ Silver Circle Award with Walter Cronkite.