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Trey Songz Shows Millennials How to Communicate With Infants + Tips

Grammy-nominated R&B artist Trey Songz is going through a transition phase that many new parents experience. A year ago, the heartthrob announced the birth of his first child, Noah, and from his social media postings, you can tell he is enjoying the process of being a father.

Recently, Songz celebrated his son’s first birthday, and he wrote a touching tribute on his social media account:

“I love you Noah,” he writes. “I thank God for bringing you to me at a time I needed your love the most. 1 year passed unbelievably fast but within the first second of meeting you, I knew you would be the light of my life until I take my last breath. Happy Birthday son.”

Despite the prevailing stereotypes that still exist in society about black fathers, Songz is not only present, he also understands his role as a dad and has been teaching his newborn the process of life.

As we’ve experienced with Trey Songz, it is important that you communicate with your newborn.

Your baby is learning to speak long before they say their first words. Talking with your child and giving them loving attention will strengthen the bond between you and help them to develop the academic, decision-making, and communication skills they’ll need later in life. As you can see from Trey’s video below, you’ll both have a lot of fun while learning.

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Me and my boy trippin 😂🤣😂

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A famous study in the 1990s coined the term word gap to describe how children in lower-income families hear about 30 million fewer words by the age of 3 compared to their wealthier peers. Thirty million is probably an exaggerated number, but you get the picture. More recently, a Stanford University study found an intellectual processing gap emerging at around 18 months.

Now, many of us have different financial and social circumstances, but you should do your best to create a rich learning environment for your baby. Try these tips for communicating with your baby.

Communicating with Babies from Birth to Three Months

As you know, crying will be your baby’s main way of communicating for a while. While individual timelines vary greatly, many babies start using their voice at about 2 months to coo and gurgle. They may also start making some simple vowel sounds.

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Use these strategies for greater communication with your infant:

  1. Use baby talk. It’s a myth that baby talk will hold your baby back. In fact, babies pay more attention to sing-song style speech with a higher pitch and warmer tone. At the same time, it’s beneficial to gradually introduce them to adult speech too.
  2. Hold them. Physical touch is part of communication. Bond with your baby by holding and carrying them.
  3. Make eye contact. Looking at your baby shows them that you care enough to pay attention. Even if you don’t understand their message, they’ll appreciate the effort.
  4. Think about body language. Gestures and facial expressions are a big part of your baby’s communications. Exchange smiles and copy each other’s movements.
  5. Mimic sounds. Imitating your baby’s sounds is helpful too. Gurgle back at them and add your own noises to make your chats livelier.
  6. Start reading. Begin your storytime traditions with picture books. You may also want to find some titles with sound effects and textures.

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Noah on da beat 😅

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Communicating with Older Babies

Most babies speak their first words by the end of their first year, and most can understand a few words by the time they reach 9 months. It’s usually not a cause for concern if a baby starts later. Speak with your doctor if you have any questions about your baby’s development and hearing.

These techniques will help you communicate with your older baby:

  1. Narrate your day. Create more opportunities for your baby to hear your voice by describing your activities. Talk through meal times, household tasks, and weekend plans.
  2. Pause often. Take a break between sentences so your baby can join in with their own remarks. They’ll start to become familiar with the rhythm of two-way conversations.
  3. Identify objects. Help your baby to associate names with common objects and people. For instance, point to a cup and slowly say the word.
  4. Give simple directions. Your baby can now start to understand some basic commands. Ask them to come to you. Say no firmly when you want them to stop a wrong behavior.
  5. Sing favorite songs. Small children enjoy interactive songs. Share your old favorites like Baby Shark or The Itsy-Bitsy Spider (R&B Remix). Create some songs of your own.
  6. Match them up. By the time they reach four months, most babies are ready for some friends their own age in addition to your company. Look for organized groups in your community and stay close by to supervise and provide support.

Your baby loves it when you talk with them. Make them happy and encourage their language and social skills by having conversations, reading, singing, and playing games.

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S.O. Makes Us Feel Loved With ‘Headwrap Diaries’ Video

If this music video doesn’t do something to your soul then you’re not human… or maybe you’re just soulless.

Hip Hop artist S.O. partners with headwrap company and lifestyle brand Fanm Djanm to produce his new visual, “Headwrap Diaries,” and it’s beautiful in so many ways.

“Headwrap Diaries” is a heartwarming serenade to S.O.’s wife Sophia and the beauty and symbolism of her hair adornments. “She looks amazing in it, so I wanted to write about my experience as a husband of a Black woman who wore headwraps,” says the Nigeria-born artist who was raised in London and moved to San Antonio in 2016. “As I started writing it, I realized that the experiences I wrote about in the song were not only my wife’s but all women who wear headwraps.”

The accompanying music video, directed by Fanm Djanm founder and creative director Paola Mathé, captures beauty, family, love, strength, and togetherness. “Our first thought was to partner with someone who understood the vision and had the same passion for the song as much as we did and we found that in Fanm Djanm,” S.O. says about working with Fanm Djanm. “Not only are their products amazing but what they stand for is even greater.”

“As soon as I heard the song, I wanted to be involved,” adds Mathé. “I didn’t want Fanm Djanm to just be the sponsor. I wanted to bring the words to life. I felt like S.O. was speaking to me and maybe even my audience. It felt like an anthem, a song you play to get ready to go out. A song you play while taking a bath. A song you play while watering your plants and watching your toddler try to stuff as many dolls into one basket. A song you play to release.”

You don’t have to be African to feel the love, and the clip should at least make you smile. The video features beautiful models of all ages rocking the adoring headwraps in wonderfully styled scenes rich in color and elegance. Much of the wardrobe is provided by Studio 189, a clothing company owned by actress Rosario Dawson and Abrima Erwiah, and features respected models Diandra Forrest, Tatiana Cooper, and Aluoch Catherine as well as the song’s muse, Sophia Otukpe, who is joined by her and S.O.’s daughter Sade-Rose.

“I wanted to show all types of beauty and strength,” Mathé says. “It was important for me to show different generations, skin tones, and afro hair texture in such a beautiful, natural way.” Mathé was also happy to collaborate with other Black creatives (film crew, makeup artist, stylist) for the video. “I reached out to my brilliant friend, Al Malonga, a professional stylist and set/costume designer to join me. The clothes were provided by Black-owned brands. The art was from several Black artists. Even the house we shot in belongs to a Black artist in Brooklyn.”

Having S.O.’s wife in the video was a no-brainer. “It was only right to have Sophia in the video as it was originally written for her,” S.O. says. “She was also very instrumental with the rollout of my album — from coming up with the cover to music video concepts.” The video also reveals the gorgeous face of S.O. and Sophia’s daughter Sade Rose for the first time. “It felt like the right time,” he says. “‘You going to teach those skills to my baby’ is one of the lines in the song. So it felt organic to have her in it too. Music is a family affair.”

“Headwrap Diaries” appears on S.O.’s fifth album, Augustine’s Legacy, released in September 2019.

Launched in 2014, with offices in New York and Austin, Fanm Djanm celebrated its sixth anniversary on April 12. Fanm Djanm has transformed into a headwrap collection and lifestyle brand that serves to both empower and inspire women to live boldly. Fanm Djanm encourages women to wear a bold print, take command of a room, laugh a little too loudly, and pursue their greatest goals.

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Move Incredible Podcast EP 2: Ft. Guordan Banks

Welcome to another dosage of knowledge surrounding music, lifestyle, and urban culture.

Episode two of the Move Incredible podcast features an open conversation with talented R&B singer, songwriter, and producer, Guordan Banks. Hosted by Jus Music and Simone G., discussions include topics like the Coronavirus, giving back, the current life situation for many artists, and of course, details about Guordan’s latest studio album, ‘Blood on the Vinyl.’

“This album is really going to have its moment this year. I released it last year, but I knew that the album would take time because that’s just my journey… I understand how important patience is,” Guordan says about the project.

Guordan also spoke candidly about his Mirror Musician Fund and trying to help the struggling musicians and artists, especially due to hardship caused by the Coronavirus pandemic.

“It only resonates with me because I’ve been there,” he said. “As an artist, as a writer, there’s been many nights where I didn’t have a place to lay my head. There’s many nights where I barely had food to eat; [there are] nights where I didn’t eat at all. So to understand where the industry is and how the industry works; you see a lot of producers and a lot of artists…when Live Nation and all touring entities shut down completely, [the people] that rely on these services, what are they gonna do?”

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WAGNN Podcast EP 7: Is Self-Love Enough?

As infants/children, we learn how to treat ourselves and others. As we get older, we learn self-esteem as well as insecurities from our environments.

In Episode 7, the WAGNN Team discusses self-love and how it relates to relationships. We take a look to see how self-love or the lack thereof is applicable within our relationships.

WAGNN asks the following challenging questions: Does how we feel about ourselves manifests in our relationships? What causes a person to stay in a toxic relationship? Are our partners a reflection of who we are? Can the need for love from others and the fear of a failed relationship compel us to stay? These questions are asked to inform the masses about their options. Knowing when to throw in the towel is difficult for some to recognize or accept.

Communication with your partner provides a level of understanding that can create a stronger bond or help you decide what your next move should be. WAGNN also discusses being “single” while in a marriage or a committed relationship. Opposites attract, yet you don’t want the attraction to the wrong person. Self-love creates boundaries to alleviate heartache and pain.

WAGNN provides resolutions, commentary surrounding this topic to help ease heartbreak, pain, or grief within your relationship. Love can conquer all if true love is in the midst of your relationship.

We challenge you to open your ears and thoughts while expanding your knowledge and understanding of people, situations, and cultures. Please leave your comments below; good, bad, or indifferent, we welcome all opinions and feedback.

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WAGNN Podcast EP 6: Grief and How It Affects Us

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We challenge you to open your ears and thoughts while expanding your knowledge and understanding of people, situations, and cultures. Please leave your comments below; good, bad, or indifferent, we welcome all opinions and feedback.

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WAGNN also tackles dysfunctional relationships, dysfunctional thinking, and the impact of broken relationships when children are involved. Do the old rules apply in today’s society? Do some of us set ourselves up for failure within our relationships based on selfish decisions? WAGNN also examines pressures in relationships because of children, or what others want for you.

This episode brings to light behaviors that have been practiced for many years so much that creating dysfunctional relationships is an automatic thought. WAGNN is shedding light on such relationships with the hope that our audience can make insightful decisions leading to positive outcomes.

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WAGNN Podcast EP 4: Expectations in a Relationship

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WAGNN Podcast EP 3: Real Friends vs. Fake Friends

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New Kids On The Block Team With Boyz II Men, Jordin Sparks & Naughty by Nature For COVID-19 Charity Song

New Kids On The Block team with Boys II Men, Jordin Sparks, Naughty by Nature, and more for the new dance anthem “House Party,” which was created for the coronavirus relief efforts. The song will benefit No Kid Hungry, a charity campaign launched by officials at the Share Our Strength organization to provide assistance to those adversely affected by COVID-19.

“Stay inside now, we’re gonna turn the lights down. Don’t you wanna let your feelings go?” the group sings over the bridge, before continuing in the chorus: “Live our lives now, we’re gonna pump it real loud. Don’t say no, girl, here we go: House party!”

“I was inspired. People need to be entertained, to feel light, to be happy,” New Kids on the Block singer Donnie Wahlberg said of the song in a press release. “If we can do even the smallest thing to lift someone’s day we will do that. And in doing so, we will also donate all net proceeds to benefit No Kid Hungry. All we want to do is give back in the best way we know how.”

The song is supported by a quarantine-styled music video that features Donnie’s brother Mark Wahlberg, country singer Carrie Underwood, pop singer Nicole Scherzinger, Big Freeda, and more.

New Kids on the Block have also put a tour package up for auction to help with pandemic relief, with bidding open until 8 May. Fans can bid at: https://one.bidpal.net/nkotb/welcome.

Millionaire Thought$ Gives Us ‘Life’ + 5 Things to Keep Your “Mind Str8” When You’re at Your Lowest

Millionaire Thought$ recently released the EP, ‘Life 2 (Deluxe Edition),’ and as the title suggests, the project highlights his experiences growing up in a low-income family to developing the right mindset for success.

The 6-song set features thought-provoking cuts like “First Day,” where he narrates the struggles growing up without a male role model, and “Mind Str8,” a triumphant message about having a grind state of mind and not becoming a statistic. Our favorite is the last track called “Cancer,” a song that provides awareness about the deadly disease, while describing Millionaire Thought$’s personal struggles, life impact, and viewpoints on no cure.

There’s no doubt that life can be brutal at times. Even if you’ve been blessed to this point, there’s some chance that you could be impacted by a significant setback, like cancer. People are tested when faced with great challenges. As Mike Tyson said, “Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face.” What will you do when life punches you in the face? Below are a few tips for keeping your “Mind Str8.”

1. You’ve been down before and rebounded. This isn’t the first time that you’ve had to deal with challenging circumstances. Think back to the last time you thought you were dealing with more than you could handle. It won’t be long before you can think back on your current situation and maybe even smile about it a little.

2. Even small changes can make a big difference. When you’re at your lowest, even a small change can have a big impact. Progress is the key to feeling better. People are happiest when making progress. Set a couple of small goals and achieve them. You’ll feel a lot better than you think. When your life is operating at a high level, making additional progress can be a lot of work.

3. Gratitude can provide a more positive perspective. Look for things you can be grateful for. Your perspective will change considerably, and you’ll be in a better position to find solutions to your current dilemma.

4. You’ll only be stronger for it. Hard times create strong people. It stinks while it’s happening, but you might even be grateful someday for your current struggles. You’ll become stronger and more capable.

5. You’re not alone. Remember that there are plenty of people that are willing to help. Avoid the urge to hide from the world and deal with your challenges alone. It’s unnecessary. Reach out and allow others to assist you. What do you have to lose?

‘Life 2’ is a gift to the Generation Y population as it both highlights trials and personal victories. Kudos to Millionaire Thought$ for not following his heart and not the next hot trend.

Remember, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed when everything seems to be crashing down around you, but you can overcome your situation. Stay in the game, even when the game gets rough. No matter how challenging your life might be, it could actually be worse. Others have overcome poverty, language barriers, health issues, being orphaned, and abuse, and come out on top. You can overcome your current situation, too.

Listen to ‘Life 2’ via Spotify below!

Reader Contribution: Strategic Systemic Genocide (#ShameOnGovernorKemp)

#ShameOnGovernorKemp for reopening non-essential Georgia businesses during the #Covid19 pandemic which are overwhelmingly owned by, frequented, and employ mostly low-income/poor African-Americans, Hispanics, and Asians.⁣⁣
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Beginning Friday 4/24, of all business with various degrees of effective #socialdistancing capabilities, #GovKemp has strategically selected the following businesses and trades to open: ⁣⁣⁣
Cosmologists, hair designers, nail care artists, estheticians (+ schools), massage therapists, in addition to gyms, bowling alleys, body art studios… All while choosing NOT to open businesses like technology firms, financial institutions, and manufacturing companies. Mkay.⁣⁣⁣
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These select businesses are also directed to operate by “following social distancing guidelines.” Silly rabbit. Massage therapists, barbers & nail techs (among others) can only serve clients through DIRECT CONTACT. They know this. So if their positions are no longer on the relief list for #Unemployment, they technically cannot claim UE benefits since they are “available” to work. Thus eliminating all these individuals from the state’s UE roll. So either show up, risk lives of racial minorities or lose benefits. Or BOTH.⁣⁣⁣
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Also, it’s obvious as the day is long that #Georgia is a blue city operating in a red state and that a majority of the constituents’ lives that Kemp is risking, fall into the category that had to fight to get their 2018 vote counted in the first place (#FairFight) in one of the most catastrophic voter oppression operations since the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s.⁣⁣⁣
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This isn’t about saving the economy, it’s about purposely risking thousands of lives, eliminating unpopular votes, and freeing up the UE headcount. This is deliberate, this is shameful, and this is politically-sourced selective #Genocide. This is bullshit.⁣⁣⁣
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As businesses open, it doesn’t mean we have to rebuff Stay-at-Home orders. Remain informed and keep taking care of yourselves. ⁣⁣⁣
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Stay home. Stay Alive.⁣⁣⁣

By Valerie Sue Love

Blenda Helps Us With Our Anxiety and Fears With ‘Options’ Visual

“I never stress because I got options,” sings Blenda in her newly released music video for her latest buzz single, “Options.” The Def Jam Recordings artist is reminding people that though they are sheltered in place, things will be OK, despite their anxiety and fears.

She tells FADER: “I’ve spent the last month on Zoom and Skype hanging with friends and I’m very privileged to be able to stay in quarantine and be able to work from home. Not everyone has that option. Therefore I wanted to use my privilege to produce something positive for people to enjoy during these hard times.”

She continued: “It’s terrible that people lose loved ones and our economy is falling apart and you know this crisis really puts our societies on trial although my faith in God helps me to stay focused and positive.”

It’s very kind of Blenda to lend her voice and visual art in hopes of touching someone that’s going through something.

She also closes out the video with a verse from the Bible, Psalm 56:3: “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.”

Blenda, born Blenda Shimba Kabondo, was raised in Sweden in a small Stockholm suburb by her two Congolese parents. With her father being a guitarist in their local church, she was introduced to music early and has since then studied jazz and has her roots in traditional gospel. In 2019, Blenda flew out to New York and ended up signing a record deal with legendary record label Star Trak Entertainment and Def Jam Recordings, which makes her one of the few Swedish artists to sign an American record deal and will mark her new journey on international water.
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Wale Flips The White and Black Perspective in “Sue Me” Video

To say Wale’s music video for “Sue Me” is powerful would be an understatement.

In his new seven-minute short film, the Washington D.C. artist paints a vivid picture of the socio-economical struggles faced by Black Americans. In delivering the powerful his message, the talented rapper tells the story through the lens of White Americans as he 1) shows that he is pro-black and 2) gives a peak of “what if the shoe was on the other foot.”

The GRAMMY® Award-nominated rapper/actor/poet recruited renowned designer and creative director Kerby Jean-Raymond for the surreal clip that depicts an alternate reality of how Black Americans are normally treated. The inner city narrative follows a struggling white teen, played by Oscar nominee Lucas Hedges [Manchester By The Sea, Honey Boy, Waves], who sees life on the other side for the first time. Reimagining brand names, a “White People Meet” billboard watches over the sprawl as the protagonist visits a “Morebucks Coffee” only to be forcibly escorted out as Wale films the reversed racial profiling on his phone. All the stereotypes of Black Americans like being in prison, including dying in jail from Coronavirus, and being harassed in society take center stage. It’s a thought-provoking and painstaking climax of the Black American struggle.

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Wale stated about the video: “What if you could walk through a day in the life of an average African American young man? What would you see? What would you hear? What would you face? We wanted to redefine the whole narrative and allow everybody to step into these shoes. I’ve never been more proud of a video than what we did here. Kerby really brought this vision to life, and Reebok helped make it a reality. I hope it makes you think a little. While you’re thinking, stay safe and stay home!”

“Sue Me,” featuring R&B singer Kelly Price, appears on Wale’s sixth studio album, Wow… That’s Crazy, released in October 2019.

Now, this is how you #MoveIncredible. Whatever talents we are blessed with, there are always ways to use it to impact the lives of others. Wale is brilliant and this video is monumental.

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Trey Songz Shows Millennials How to Communicate With Infants + Tips

Grammy-nominated R&B artist Trey Songz is going through a transition phase that many new parents experience. A year ago, the heartthrob announced the birth of his first child, Noah, and from his social media postings, you can tell he is enjoying the process of being a father.

Recently, Songz celebrated his son’s first birthday, and he wrote a touching tribute on his social media account:

“I love you Noah,” he writes. “I thank God for bringing you to me at a time I needed your love the most. 1 year passed unbelievably fast but within the first second of meeting you, I knew you would be the light of my life until I take my last breath. Happy Birthday son.”

Despite the prevailing stereotypes that still exist in society about black fathers, Songz is not only present, he also understands his role as a dad and has been teaching his newborn the process of life.

As we’ve experienced with Trey Songz, it is important that you communicate with your newborn.

Your baby is learning to speak long before they say their first words. Talking with your child and giving them loving attention will strengthen the bond between you and help them to develop the academic, decision-making, and communication skills they’ll need later in life. As you can see from Trey’s video below, you’ll both have a lot of fun while learning.

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A famous study in the 1990s coined the term word gap to describe how children in lower-income families hear about 30 million fewer words by the age of 3 compared to their wealthier peers. Thirty million is probably an exaggerated number, but you get the picture. More recently, a Stanford University study found an intellectual processing gap emerging at around 18 months.

Now, many of us have different financial and social circumstances, but you should do your best to create a rich learning environment for your baby. Try these tips for communicating with your baby.

Communicating with Babies from Birth to Three Months

As you know, crying will be your baby’s main way of communicating for a while. While individual timelines vary greatly, many babies start using their voice at about 2 months to coo and gurgle. They may also start making some simple vowel sounds.

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Use these strategies for greater communication with your infant:

  1. Use baby talk. It’s a myth that baby talk will hold your baby back. In fact, babies pay more attention to sing-song style speech with a higher pitch and warmer tone. At the same time, it’s beneficial to gradually introduce them to adult speech too.
  2. Hold them. Physical touch is part of communication. Bond with your baby by holding and carrying them.
  3. Make eye contact. Looking at your baby shows them that you care enough to pay attention. Even if you don’t understand their message, they’ll appreciate the effort.
  4. Think about body language. Gestures and facial expressions are a big part of your baby’s communications. Exchange smiles and copy each other’s movements.
  5. Mimic sounds. Imitating your baby’s sounds is helpful too. Gurgle back at them and add your own noises to make your chats livelier.
  6. Start reading. Begin your storytime traditions with picture books. You may also want to find some titles with sound effects and textures.

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Communicating with Older Babies

Most babies speak their first words by the end of their first year, and most can understand a few words by the time they reach 9 months. It’s usually not a cause for concern if a baby starts later. Speak with your doctor if you have any questions about your baby’s development and hearing.

These techniques will help you communicate with your older baby:

  1. Narrate your day. Create more opportunities for your baby to hear your voice by describing your activities. Talk through meal times, household tasks, and weekend plans.
  2. Pause often. Take a break between sentences so your baby can join in with their own remarks. They’ll start to become familiar with the rhythm of two-way conversations.
  3. Identify objects. Help your baby to associate names with common objects and people. For instance, point to a cup and slowly say the word.
  4. Give simple directions. Your baby can now start to understand some basic commands. Ask them to come to you. Say no firmly when you want them to stop a wrong behavior.
  5. Sing favorite songs. Small children enjoy interactive songs. Share your old favorites like Baby Shark or The Itsy-Bitsy Spider (R&B Remix). Create some songs of your own.
  6. Match them up. By the time they reach four months, most babies are ready for some friends their own age in addition to your company. Look for organized groups in your community and stay close by to supervise and provide support.

Your baby loves it when you talk with them. Make them happy and encourage their language and social skills by having conversations, reading, singing, and playing games.

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Missy Elliott’s ‘Cool Off’ Party in a Museum is Creative AF

Creativity lives in Missy Elliott! The hip hop pioneer has always raised the bar when it comes to pushing the culture forward, and her latest music video for “Cool Off” is a reminder of her artistic greatness.

When she spits, “Missy in this bitch doing shit you ain’t never seen,” as a fan, affirmations are all that comes to mind. In the colorful Daniel Russell-directed clip, the rap legend delivers thought-provoking lyrics while eclectic dancers turn all the way up. From artistic customs to 90s-inspired outfits, Missy and her peoples transform a museum into a pulsating club with lights and pop-art backgrounds. Closer to the end of the video, Teyana Taylor appears, reprising her museum guide role from Elliott’s “DripDemeanor” video.

“That’s what’s wrong with you kids now; y’all don’t get it… I done sat here and talked about the greatest, the most timeless woman of all time, and you sitting here asking me about a party,” Taylor says in the clip as she schools a young girl.

Elliott’s “Cool Off” clip follows videos for Iconology’s “Why I Still Love You,” “DripDemeanor” featuring Sum1, and “Throw it Back.”

“Cool Off” is featured on Elliott’s 2019 EP, ICONOLOGY

S.O. Makes Us Feel Loved With ‘Headwrap Diaries’ Video

If this music video doesn’t do something to your soul then you’re not human… or maybe you’re just soulless.

Hip Hop artist S.O. partners with headwrap company and lifestyle brand Fanm Djanm to produce his new visual, “Headwrap Diaries,” and it’s beautiful in so many ways.

“Headwrap Diaries” is a heartwarming serenade to S.O.’s wife Sophia and the beauty and symbolism of her hair adornments. “She looks amazing in it, so I wanted to write about my experience as a husband of a Black woman who wore headwraps,” says the Nigeria-born artist who was raised in London and moved to San Antonio in 2016. “As I started writing it, I realized that the experiences I wrote about in the song were not only my wife’s but all women who wear headwraps.”

The accompanying music video, directed by Fanm Djanm founder and creative director Paola Mathé, captures beauty, family, love, strength, and togetherness. “Our first thought was to partner with someone who understood the vision and had the same passion for the song as much as we did and we found that in Fanm Djanm,” S.O. says about working with Fanm Djanm. “Not only are their products amazing but what they stand for is even greater.”

“As soon as I heard the song, I wanted to be involved,” adds Mathé. “I didn’t want Fanm Djanm to just be the sponsor. I wanted to bring the words to life. I felt like S.O. was speaking to me and maybe even my audience. It felt like an anthem, a song you play to get ready to go out. A song you play while taking a bath. A song you play while watering your plants and watching your toddler try to stuff as many dolls into one basket. A song you play to release.”

You don’t have to be African to feel the love, and the clip should at least make you smile. The video features beautiful models of all ages rocking the adoring headwraps in wonderfully styled scenes rich in color and elegance. Much of the wardrobe is provided by Studio 189, a clothing company owned by actress Rosario Dawson and Abrima Erwiah, and features respected models Diandra Forrest, Tatiana Cooper, and Aluoch Catherine as well as the song’s muse, Sophia Otukpe, who is joined by her and S.O.’s daughter Sade-Rose.

“I wanted to show all types of beauty and strength,” Mathé says. “It was important for me to show different generations, skin tones, and afro hair texture in such a beautiful, natural way.” Mathé was also happy to collaborate with other Black creatives (film crew, makeup artist, stylist) for the video. “I reached out to my brilliant friend, Al Malonga, a professional stylist and set/costume designer to join me. The clothes were provided by Black-owned brands. The art was from several Black artists. Even the house we shot in belongs to a Black artist in Brooklyn.”

Having S.O.’s wife in the video was a no-brainer. “It was only right to have Sophia in the video as it was originally written for her,” S.O. says. “She was also very instrumental with the rollout of my album — from coming up with the cover to music video concepts.” The video also reveals the gorgeous face of S.O. and Sophia’s daughter Sade Rose for the first time. “It felt like the right time,” he says. “‘You going to teach those skills to my baby’ is one of the lines in the song. So it felt organic to have her in it too. Music is a family affair.”

“Headwrap Diaries” appears on S.O.’s fifth album, Augustine’s Legacy, released in September 2019.

Launched in 2014, with offices in New York and Austin, Fanm Djanm celebrated its sixth anniversary on April 12. Fanm Djanm has transformed into a headwrap collection and lifestyle brand that serves to both empower and inspire women to live boldly. Fanm Djanm encourages women to wear a bold print, take command of a room, laugh a little too loudly, and pursue their greatest goals.

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Masego Wants to ‘Veg Out’ + Learn The Top 10 Benefits of Adopting a Vegan Lifestyle

Recording artist Masego just released a music video (watch below) for his latest single, “Veg Out (Wasting Thyme),” which showcases him playfully shifting through his Los Angeles home as a fish-eye lens pans to reveal several versions of “Veg Out” cleverly spelled out using apples, sweet potatoes, lemons, peppers and more. Now, the groovy single may revolve around a bunch of issues, especially since we are sheltered in place due to the Coronavirus pandemic, but the MoveIncredible team will focus on becoming a vegan and the benefits.

For a lot of people, a vegan diet doesn’t sound appetizing because they would be giving up foods like meat, cheese, and eggs. However, according to research, a vegan diet could be better for your health and it may also save you money. You also gain the benefit of knowing that you’re being kinder to animals and the environment.

Now, making the switch to vegan isn’t easy, but you might find it a little easier if you know more about the benefits.

It’s not necessary to make a complete change overnight. Make the change slowly over time. Note how you feel and then decide how you’d like to progress.

Advantages of Veganism:

1. Vegans enjoy better overall health. Studies show lower blood pressure, cholesterol levels, body weight, risk of heart disease, and risk of Type-2 diabetes.

2. Veganism is better for the environment. The resources necessary for meat production are significant. Far more water and land are required to provide one serving of beef than one service of fruit, grains, or vegetables. Consider how much grain a cow or pig must consume to reach adult weight.

3. It’s kinder to animals. Animals raised for meat often live horrible lives, not to mention they’re all eventually killed before they die of natural causes. Even cows raised for milk production or chickens raised for eggs often endure unpleasant living conditions.

4. You decrease your psychological dependence on food. Vegans tend to be thin. One reason is the high-bulk and low calories found in many vegan foods. The other reason has to do with the lack of psychological satisfaction vegan foods provide. A bowl of beans isn’t quite as enticing as a bowl of ice cream, especially if you’re not hungry in the first place. Plus, vegans are much less likely to overeat.

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5. Disease prevention. Vegans enjoy lower incidence of breast cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancer, macular degeneration, cataracts, arthritis, and osteoporosis.

6. Lower body weight. Vegan populations have lower body mass indices than those that consume meat regularly.

7. Longevity is increased. Those that avoid meat and milk products live longer than those that consume those food products. A vegan lifestyle can be a reliable way to ensure you spend a few more years living your life.

8. Migraine relief. Vegan’s report having fewer migraine headaches than non-vegans. Those that routinely suffer from migraine headaches can often find relief by adopting a vegan diet.

9. Fewer contaminants in food. Meat, milk, and eggs can potentially introduce unhealthy chemicals into the diet. Many herbicides, pesticides, and heavy metals can concentrate in animal-based fat. The animals that provide these foods are often given growth hormones and antibiotics that can remain in the products you consume.

10. A vegan diet can be less expensive. Meat and cheese tend to be expensive food items. Consider how inexpensive beans, rice, oatmeal, and many vegetables can be. That’s not to say a vegan can’t spend a lot of money at the grocery store, but the option to keep food costs to a minimum is there.

Becoming vegan requires dedication, planning, and sacrifice. Consider these advantages and decide if a vegan lifestyle is for you.

Start slowly and have a few vegan meals each week. Notice how you feel 2-4 hours after consuming them. This alone might be a good enough reason to make the switch.

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