Monthly Archives: July 2016

Norka Luque Is Changing The Face Of Latino Music

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Singers change a certain genre of music by using the sound of their voice. Sinatra and Dean Martin did it in the 1940s. The Beatles and the Rolling Stones did it in the 1960s, and Prince and Michael Jackson did it in the 1980s. The fact is, great singers alter music categories because their voices have a certain element to them that reaches into the souls of music lovers and changes them. Great singers are born to make a difference, and Norka Luque is one of those great singers. Norka was born in Venezuela just like her idol Shakira. Norka’s parent knew she had the talent to make it, but making it in Venezuela was not easy. The number of Venezuelan singers that made it to the top of the music business over the last 40 years is less than a handful. The music business attracts people around the world, but the people that actually enjoy a long-term career in music is a small number compared to those that try to make it. Norka Luque is one of the people that made it, but it wasn’t easy.

Norka started singing in Caracas when she was eight. Her parents helped her develop her musical talent by providing voice and music lessons. When it came time to leave Venezuela to pursue a career, Norka moved to France. She studied business administration and earned degrees in marketing, fashion, and the culinary arts. Norka also joined a band that played in the French dance clubs on the weekends. The band, Bad Moon Rising, earned a reputation thanks to Norka’s voice. But Norka knew she had to move to the United States to make it in the music world, and that’s what she did. She moved to Miami and found work singing in a club on South Beach. Norka’s voice took the club’s owner by surprise, and before long that club was packed seven days a week. Luque loved to sing, and it showed

It took four years of club work, but Norka Luque was finally being recognized for her talent. Emilio Estefan, the famous record producer, got word that Norka had a rare talent. When Estefan heard her sing, he immediately signed her to a recording contract. Norka worked hard with composer Archie Pena, Luigi Giraldo, and Estefan and her first single was released in 2011. That was the year Norka got the recognition she deserved, and that recognition hasn’t stopped since then. Norka is now changing the face of Latino music. Follow Norka Luque on Twitter @norka_music to learn and hear more.

For The Human Rights Foundation, Action Trumps Awareness

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To be in the presence of Thor Halvorssen is to see a figure from a different era. Halvorssen has the energy of the old titans of industry, constantly checking one of his myriad cell phones, or dashing off a quick email on a laptop or three, while holding a conversation with someone nearby, or running to a car for his next plane flight. He keeps the hours of the damned, up until three in the morning and then catching a red-eye across the country, working for the Human Rights Foundation, or for his film institute.

In the realm of human rights advocacy, there’s a traditional way of doing things: Hashtags and sad faces and sonorous speeches bewailing the horrific fates of political prisoners the world over. Everyone talks about awareness…but confrontation is reserved for those governments with representative governments, and a decided lack of secret police forces waiting to break down doors in the middle of the night.

According to Buzzfeed, Thor Halvorssen is far from traditional. From his first political prisoner freed–his father, when he was a college student–to the death of his grandmother and the wounds his mother took protesting Hugo Chavez, Thor Halvorssen has taken the mind numbing statistics, and the demurrals of the press, and confronted them. He accepts donations from all across the political spectrum, and he belittles awareness for awareness’ sake.

Thor feels the pain of the political dissident. And he acts on that pain, using his training in film and theater to give them a podium, to give them a spotlight and a stage to tell their stories. His Oslo Freedom Forum brings those who’ve risked life and limb (and not always successfully on the latter) to a public stage and gives them the chance to tell their stories. In his own words, Halvorssen says that they can dismantle a government’s position in five sentences, with greater effectiveness than a master’s thesis.

Halvorssen uses his own experiences as a motivational goad. He has seen the price of dictatorship and he cannot simply turn a blind eye to it because it happens seven time zones away. He will work on schemes to get forbidden materials to people living in the most despotic nations on earth; his most recent scheme is to send USB drives over the Korean DMZ into North Korea, after doing a television appearance tearing portraits of the Kim “dynasty.”

In a day of hashtag heroes, Halvorssen is abrupt, and full of action. We need more like him.

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How Hair Conditioner By Wen by Chaz Has Revived My Hair

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Anyone who is not happy with the look and feel of their hair ought to check out this fantastic product I’ve just discovered. I no longer have to hide my hair when I go out.

It’s amazing what a great difference quality product can make. After wasting money and time on products that did not produce the results I desired, I finally decided to listen to my sister and my friend and switched to a brand they recommended.

My thinning hair has been revived by this amazing hair conditioner. It’s made by a company called WEN Hair by Chaz. Actually this brand has been around for many years but I never paid attention to the numerous positive reviews about their products until recently.

I am so grateful to my sister for insisting that I give them a try. My sister and one of my friends had been trying for a long time to get me to check out this company’s hair conditioner and styling treatment but I kept promising them that I would.

Just a few months ago, I researched the company and once I found out about their great reputation in the industry, I decided to give them a try. I choose the Sephora endorsed formulation that is just right for my type of hair.

Wen hair by Chaz is a popular hair brand that offers high-performance hair care products infused with herbs for exceptional style and gorgeous look. With their advanced product concepts, promising great results and new life to your style, this company’s line of hair conditioners, styling treatments and other related items are just what you need for complete satisfaction. I am delighted with the results I have received so far and will keep using their products. It is available for order online via Amazon.

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NY Philanthropist Keith Mann Raises over $22K For Schools

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In New York, there is a need for business leaders to step and give back in big ways. That’s exactly what Keith Mann does, CEO and founder of DSP (Dynamics Search Partners). Together, with Uncommon Schools, he has raised $22K for school kids in the NY area.

Uncommon Schools is a charitable organization that focuses on funding testing supplies for schools in NY. It ensures that kids have the resources they need to become great in the world. This is firstly because they can take the PSAT and AP tests. These tests are vital for getting into college. Of course, once in college, students still need guidance and the relationships and resources they receive thanks to Uncommon Schools help them do this.

In fact, Uncommon Schools teamed up with DSP and they recently built a whole new school in Brooklyn. The partnership of DSP and Uncommon Schools dates back to 2013. They both made a firm commitment to do whatever it takes to help high school kids prepare for successful futures. They understand the importance of this crucial time in young peoples’ lives. Keith has said that he is so proud of the current state of their philanthropic efforts and that he can’t wait to see how much personal success the students will have in the future. He even gave $10,000 before the recent fundraising event to ensure that everything would be covered.

Keith Mann has always been a shining example of leadership and giving back to the community. In fact, it is what inspired him to become successful himself, so that he could help more people. He began his career as a manager and then vice president for Dynamic Associates. Then, based on his solid reputation and helping him grow, he moved to the prestigious position of managing director of Dynamics Executive Search.

He helped financial companies help find the right executives and also with a handful of other custom services in the industry. Then, with hard work, he identified opportunities in the hedge fund industry. This led him to specializing in alternative investments when he founded DSP in 2009.

The Keys To Success: Being Positive

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In an article by VTA Publications, Jim Hunt writes as a youngster, we dream and fantasize about things and what we want to become someday. When we get older and become adults, our vision becomes more defined, as we have an interest that we have a passion for. The vision is filled with anticipation, eagerness, and enthusiasm. Yet, all too often, such a positive outlook is met with negativity and downtrodden comments. In a society that encourages positivity, encouragement and motivation, the fact remains that society encourages and embraces negativity.

Negativity appears to trump positive visions and goals and serves as the catalyst as to why many fail. Yet it’s the individual that believes that positivity conquers all that will survive and succeed. Those that fail, lament and struggle, with “what now?”, while those that are positive proclaim, “what’s next?” Individuals that have failed are often the first to roadblock those on their way to success. Naysaying and derogatory remarks attempt to discourage those that are success driven.

The motivated, positive individual with a passionate vision, works with a business plan that is strategically fashioned in a way to achieve success. Here are some key elements in developing a plan for business success;

  • Learn to be a positive thinker
  • Become a good researcher
  • Take charge of your daily operations

Those that badmouth or have nothing good to say are failures themselves and jealous of others succeeding, according to MoreMoneyReview. The best policy to follow is to ignore them. Pass them in the slow lane of life and move over to the fast lane, accelerate and pass them on the way to success. Unless they have something to a positive nature to offer to you, don’t associate with them.

WealthWave by Jim Hunt is a contemporary and innovative system designed for financial success. It’s an opportunity to take advantage of movements in the financial markets and reap monetary gain. Additional information about WealthWave can be found at, the VTA Publications website.  Otherwise you can see more tips from Jim outside of VTA, on YouTube.

Athletic Self Expression

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If there is one thing that fashion should be seen as, it is a vehicle for people to express themselves. People should be allowed the ability to express their unique style to others. Fortunately, a lot of clothing retailers allow this luxury to others. However, athletic clothing or sportswear seems to be limited in the styles they offer. Everything seems to look the same with limited range. Kate Hudson herself has noticed this issue herself. She then decided to take steps in order to put together a store that sells unique items that are unlike anything seen at clothing retailers. This store is talked about on Facebook here.

Fabletics is an online subscription clothing service that has a lot of unique items. People can look at the different pieces of clothing. They can more easily find something very exciting to wear. They will not be bored by the selections. Since this Fabletics athletic wear, they will not only find excitement in the items they see, but they will also experience even greater motivation when they wear these clothes to a workout. These clothes can also be worn to a night out because of their unique design and fit. Fabletics has shown that it has a passion for aesthetics and comfort.

Read more: Talking About That Athleisure Life With the Very Cool, Very Lost Kate Hudson

Kate Hudson’s unique eye for style has gotten her plenty of interviews including the one for Elle Magazine. Kate Hudson herself is someone that is known for her unique style. She does not obsess over trends. Therefore, she knows how to put together a simple and elegant look. As a result, she has gained the attention of plenty of people. She also become a trusted source of information when it comes to fashion and style. She has taken her passion for fashion and style and made a lot of profits from it. She is also an inspiration to those who want to discover their own beauty. Source:

Class Dojo Provides The Leading Platform For Communication

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Class Dojo was launched recently back in 2011, and is based out of San Francisco. The company is dedicated to improving the quality of education and offering good solutions to meet the needs of parents and teachers in difficult times. Class Dojo has grown immensely since their launch, seeing use in more than 180 different countries around the world and with two thirds of all schools in the United States using the app each day. The company plans to keep spreading the apps reach as long as it stays successful.

The founders of Class Dojo, Sam Chaudhary and Liam Don, created the program because the market was lacking in educational tools for communication, plus they both have a desire to improve education quality for all students. The majority of other companies offering similar educational tools ask for too much money and their apps are typically difficult to use or get started. Class Dojo fixed this and made a tool that was both free and easy to use for children and adults alike.

The app allows for parents and teachers to communicate easily and check on student progress at an given time while in the school environment. Teachers can share pictures and videos and send direct messages to parents as well to keep them involved with their child’s schooling. Students can also see feedback from their teachers detailing their growing performance as well as their behavior in class. This enables students to receive positive encouragement and gain confidence in their abilities while in the classroom.

The program has been bringing parents, students, and instructors closer together since it launched and has helped many teachers with the engagement they needed in their classroom. The days of sending kids home with notes or trying to schedule conferences with parents are over with Class Dojo since it allows for direct and instant communication between parents and teachers at al times of the day. This helps parents stay active with their child’s schoolwork and not fall behind.

Overall, Class Dojo has had much success and continues to grow daily. The founders have said that as long as it stays successful they will continue to expand their company and improve on the apps features and content to expand its reach further.
All users of Class Dojo can use the program for free and do not have to submit any personal information to participate. In time the company may add more special but optional features to help bring in revenue to keep expanding.


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Doe Deere Discusses Female Entrepreneurship And Her Business Lime Crime

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Doe Deere is the woman behind Lime Crime, which is a very successful makeup company. She has proven that she is more than just a pretty woman who has a love for makeup. She is a business woman who aims to inspire people. Doe was recently recognized by Self-Made magazine and named one of the Top Inspiring Female Entrepreneurs.

Doe stated that her interest in makeup started when she was just nine-years-old. She said that she was an imaginative kid who was very into color. She loved trying different types of makeups.

Doe has been an entrepreneur for many years. She started selling clothing on the Internet in 2004. She was inspired to create Lime Crime when she could not find the right makeup to match the bright clothing that she was selling. Doe said that she hopes Lime Crime will inspire people to have fun with makeup.

Doe said that she loves having an Internet business because it makes it easy for her to connect to her fans. She refers to her fans as unicorns. She stated that the reason she calls her fans unicorns is because she wants to inspire them to be themselves and defy expectations.

According to Doe Deere, Lime Crime is a makeup company for boys and girls who want to unapologetically express themselves. This company was first started in 2008. Liquid eyeliner, unicorn lipstick and eye shadows are examples of some of the products that this company sells.

Not only Doe Deere an entrepreneur, but she is also a philanthropist. Lime Crime has donated over $16,000 to charity. The Red Cross, Girls, Inc and Sanctuary For Families are some of the organizations that Lime Crime supports.

Skout- Unlock More With Points Earned In App

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Skout is a social media platform available on Android and iOS devices. Skout is an app developed to help you connect with new people and to help spark friendships and relationships. Signing up to Skout is very easy and can be done using an email address or your Facebook account. So you’re probably asking yourself why in the world would I need another social media platform when I already have Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vine, Google Plus, LinkedIn, and others on my device. Well, Skout is unlike any of those applications and provides many features that are not offered on those platforms. While you may be able to search Facebook to find someone who lives in Italy just randomly reaching out to them via Facebook Messenger to chat might not always be accepted by the other party. When you are utilizing Skout and wish to meet someone from another country you can just use their Travel Feature which is like a virtual passport and connect with somebody in that country who’s ready and willing to chat.

Like many social media platforms, you have the ability to share more about yourself as well as pictures with others on the platform however when viewing peoples pictures and profiles on Skout, unlike other platforms you earn what are called points. These points can be utilized to unlock and utilize other features in the Skout platform. Things such as viewing profiles, utilizing features, uploading pictures, and other activities will help you build up these points so you can unlock other features. One of my favorite features of the Skout application is the Feature Me option. This option allows me to utilize my points and put my profile front and center for other Skout users to find. After a short time of using this app, I have already made friends in many places around the world and you can too by simply downloading the Skout app from your favorite Play Store.

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