The Afropunk Festival lineup is here!

According to Pitchfork.com, Grace Jones, Lauryn Hill, Lenny Kravitz, Danny Brown, Kelis and more are scheduled to play Afropunk Festival!

Afropunk Festival returns to Brooklyn’s Commodore Barry Park August 22-23. The initial lineup has now been announced. The headliners are Grace Jones, Lenny Kravitz, Lauryn Hill, and Danny Brown. Kelis, Suicidal Tendencies, Kele, Thundercat, Cakes Da Killa, Gold Link, Petite Noir, Kaytranada will also perform, along with many others; see the full lineup HERE. A second festival has been scheduled for October 3-4 in Atlanta’s Central Park; that lineup is TBD.

Jones will headline the first-ever Afropunk Ball to benefit the Afropunk Global Initiative, which pushes for “a holistic, democratic and enlightened representation of people of color within all facets of society with the goal to create unique programming that encourages diversity in media”.
Unlike past years, tickets for this year’s Afropunk must be purchases, or earned, via a community service iniative called the Afropunk Army. By doing one of a number of projects – landscaping, meal preparation and serving, advocacy, and more – you can earn a spot in the crowd.

-Courtney Brown

HER Source Advice of the Day!

Is his gene pool good enough to mix with your gene pool?

Judge Lynn Toler is best known as the level-headed judge from the TV show, Divorce Court, Toler is usually seen providing counsel, words of wisdom, and trying to talk sense into the show’s outrageous couples. Here, she provides top notch advice to women around the world that made us give her a round of applause.

Judge Toler we salute you!

-CourtneyBrown (@CourtneyBrown)

5 Thoughtful Gifts For Mother’s Day!

Mother’s Day is arriving this Sunday and the girls at HER Source are sharing our ideas for your favorite lady who already has it all!

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What mom wouldn’t love a personal token of affection? Customize this cute Wedding Chicks hanky with the text of your choice. This cotton handkerchief will be sure to bring her to tears!

http://shop.weddingchicks.com/blue-scalloped-edge-floral-hanky/

HER Source Vices: Everything A Girl Needs!

A little black dress, and black heels aren’t the only things a girl needs!

The girls at HER Source have got you covered! Pick up the new issue of the Source Magazine to see our new spread of HER Source Vices.

Here are our top picks of items that every girl must have!

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Aidan Mattox
Feel like the belle of the ball in this embellished Colorblock Silk Blend Peplum Dress
$385.00

http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/aidan-mattox-embellished-colorblock-silk-blend-peplum-dress/3983844

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UltraLuxe BB Oil
Known as the most powerful anti-aging serum in the world. Ultraluxe BB oil reduces the appearance of wrinkles and pores, hydrates, moisturizes and plumps the skin. This cure-all luxury oil speeds up the healing process and calms skin with its potent aromatherapy and antioxidant properties. Six essential oils, including cranberry, lavender and rosemary, combine to make skin look and feel youthfully radiant from the inside out. The best part, —UltraLuxe BB Oil is all-natural!
$48.00

http://www.ultraluxeskincare.com/shop/bb-oil

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Youth H20
Reality star/Entrepreneur Evelyn Lozada and her model/daughter Shaniece Hairston have mentioned the key to their amazing skin and much more are the results of the age defying system Youth H20. The benefits include boundless energy, a stronger immune system, a faster metabolism, improved skin, mental attunement, and so much more!
$14.99

http://www.walgreens.com/store/c/youthh2o-age-defying-system/ID=prod6201987-product

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Adrianna Papell
Back in style this season, polka dots are all the rage! Kick back this summer in this Burnout Polka Dot Fit & Flare Dress!
$178.00

CLICK HERE for more info on this classic Adrianna Papell Dress!

Tweet us at @HerSource and let us know some of your favorite new accessories, beauty products, clothing and more!

-Courtney Brown (@CourtneyBrown)

Love & Hip Hop Atlanta Recap!

Love & Hip Hop is back with all the shenanigans that made us love the show since the very first season. From side chicks to side apartments, here are the Source’s top moments of Season 4 Episode 2!

1. Stevie J approaches Nikko to discuss Mim’s book deal and it doesn’t go well. After jumping at each other and trading insults. Stevie promises this isn’t the last Nikko has heard from him. Watching these 2 are similar to watching a WWF wrestling preview.

2. Kirk‘s new artist Ashley mentions a new Buckhead Atlanta office and Rasheeda enlists Karlie Redd to help her dig for clues. Of course messy Karli Redd finds the lease and Rasheeda puts her plan into action. When will Rasheeda learn that Kirk just can’t get it right?

3. Momma Dee introduces us to her ex-husband that she sent to jail. Apparently Otis stole meat from a charity Scrappy held and sold the meat for profit. Momma Dee called the cops and he was arrested with drugs on him and spent 7 years in jail. Now Momma Dee wants to rekindle their relationship. These 2 are going to be the ones to watch.

4. During a game of golf, Yung Joc reveals to Kirk that he has 8 children by 4 women. Kirk isn’t far behind with 6 kids and 4 grandchildren. Clearly there is something in the water in ATL, everyone ends up pregnant!

5. Mimi meets up with Nikko to discuss the book contract and Nikko informs her that he own’s 25% and he also has some secrets about her that he will leak if she doesn’t comply. What will Nikko reveal that we don’t already know?

6. Khadijah decides to take Yung Joc on a shopping spree because she’s a boss and let’s us know that she can afford to take care of herself and a man. She also wants to assure that they are in an exclusive relationship. She’s not like the rest of these gold diggers. Poor Khadijah. Denial isn’t just a river in Africa.

7. Next we meet the mother of Yung Joc’s twins, Sina and makes it clearly obvious these two are still together physically. Wonder what KD will think about this after her shopping spree?

8. Stevie J fails his drug test and breaks the news to his crying wife Joseline and his tear-eyes daughter Eva. Hopefully Stevie and Joseline can get it together because they keep us watching.

Tune in next monday at 8pm for more Love & Hip Hop Atlanta!

-Courtney Brown (@CourtneyBrown)

MC LYTE Drops Hip-Hop knowledge on Hot 97!

It’s been 12 years since we had new music from the legendary MC Lyte and she’s back and stronger than ever!

Fresh off her ‘vinyl only’ album release as part of Record Store Day (April 18) LEGEND, MC Lyte shares classic hip-hop stories about her past rap battles, the emerge of female MC’s and the transition in hip-hop.

Check it out!

Pick up Lyte’s refreshing LP, Legend which features guest appearances from Common, Faith Evans, Lil Mama, Kenny Lattimore and Coko of SWV!

-Courtney Brown (@CourtneyBrown)

HER Source | Advice

Need answers or advice? Tweet us your questions at @HerSource
Your question could appear in the next issue of The Source Magazine!

People poke fun at me because of my size and tell me I need to lose weight. I am a size 12. It makes me ashamed to hangout with my thinner friends, what should I do?

First, a size 12 is NOT overweight. Women come in all shapes and sizes and all of them portray individual beauty. As long as you are healthy, that’s whats important. A balanced diet and routine exercising is necessary to keep your body in its best shape. Hold your head high and never be ashamed of who you are. However, if you know someone who is obese you should be honest with them but always compassionate. Remember, when you are beautiful on the inside, it shows on the outside.

-Courtney Brown (@CourtneyBrown)

Hurricane Sandy survivor accepted To 7 Ivy League Schools!

18-year-old Daria Rose of Long Island has a happy ending in her future. She and her family lost all of their possessions in 2012 in Hurricane Sandy. She’s now preparing for one of her greatest comebacks ever!

ABC News Reports:

After a tumultuous high school experience, Long Island senior Daria Rose has a bright future ahead of her: The 18-year-old applied to seven Ivy League colleges and has been accepted to each one of them. But when Rose was a sophomore, her world turned completely upside down. Hurricane Sandy hit in October 2012, forcing her family to evacuate their beloved home in Baldwin. The house was then completely destroyed by fire. Rose said she lost all of her belongings in the fire, including clothes, furniture, makeup, jewelry and pictures.

“My mom and my dad and my family, they made me realize what was important,” she said. “Stuff is just stuff. What is important is your health, education, your family.” For a college application essay, Rose wrote about her Hurricane Sandy experience. When it came to college preferences, Rose said she had always leaned towards Yale. She decided to apply to seven of the eight Ivy League colleges, and on March 31, all the schools posted their decisions online.

“I went home and checked Harvard first, and then Princeton, and then Brown … and as they kept coming in I was just astonished. I couldn’t even breathe,” Rose said. “It was an amazing moment.” “I couldn’t believe it,” she added. “I thought I’d get in maybe one or two.” And now Rose has a big decision ahead of her.

Congratulations to a shining star!

-Courtney Brown (@CourtneyBrown)

Her Source | Are Waist Training Corsets Safe?

Summer is right around the corner and women everywhere are desperately trying different methods to prepare for bikini weather.

Recently a new trend has evolved claiming to help women (and men) lose inches in their waists. Celebrities everywhere were seen sporting waist cinchers and women quickly began practicing the new trend. Not your typical tie up corset from the 1930’s, women are donning cotton or latex ‘waist cinchers’ to achieve smaller waists. Known for selling her corsets, booty shorts and form-fitting dresses, CEO of Sexy Slim Waist, Latoya Maureen explains the phenom known as ‘waist training.”

Is it possible to cinch your waist without working out but just by wearing the corset?

Yes, but I want people to get maximum results, it’s a good way to contour your waist and flush out water weight and it contracts your pores because it’s restricting it, that’s not a bad thing–boxers do it all the time. With any type of diet you want to have a mixture of a good healthy diet. That’s why I came up with a ’14-day Kickstart to your Sexy Slim Waist’ with a good friend of mine, a personal trainer. He helped me come up with a system for targeting your core. So yes you can wear it and see results but more so if you do the 14-day diet I send to every customer.

Is it possible to go overboard with waist training?

Yes. There’s people out there who wear their corsets over night. They sleep in them because they are already seeing results and they get excited. The first notch is the easiest, but then you go to the second notch you’ve already lost an inch which makes you ready to buy the next size.

How do you assure the people who purchase your waist trainers are using them appropiately?

A lot of people sell corsets, but I guide my clients and talk to them one on one. Before I was a business owner, I was a customer so I know the product, I’m really into communicating with my clients.

Is there a dangerous side to waist training?

(Laughs) You can’t be a size 18 wearing a size 10 jean, its the same idea, you’re going to hurt yourself like that because you can’t compress your organs. That’s why you it’s important to train the right way and wear the right size. The right size will not compress you like that. Some girls wear them 4 inches too small, but they still get them on, but you’re going to damage something. That’s just being honest That’s why I ask my clients, ‘What is your weight, bra size, and measure your tummy!’

Which corset do you normally suggest?

Both corsets contour and make you sweat but people prefer the latex corset because you sweat even more and lose more water weight. So most tend to choose those if they aren’t allergic to latex. The great thing about the corsets is you can hand dry them and they go right back to size. Every corset has latex in it with either cotton or nylon on the outside.

Follow @LaLaMaureen on Instagram and Twitter and check out her site www.LaLaMaureen.com for top quality waist corsets!

CLICK HERE to here what Dr. Oz says about waist training!

-Courtney Brown (@CourtneyBrown)

Photos: @KimKardashian IG, @AmberRose IG, @BlacChyna IG

Bikram Yoga | Namaste

Spring is finally here and it’s time to get our mind, body and soul aligned for our well-being and health—let’s practice yoga!

Bikram yoga is a 90-minute class that consist of the same series of 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises in a room heated to 104 °F. Founded by Bikram Choudhury, Bikram yoga has been widely promoted by various celebrities.

For years, veteran Def Jam co-founder Russell Simmons has always shared his love for yoga. In a recent interview with Oprah Winfrey, the mogul shared his ability to work more efficiently through practicing yoga. “All the creativity came from seconds and flashes of presence. So, the more you can expound on that, you can do twice as much in half the time now.”

In our new issue of the Source Magazine, we speak with Bikram Yoga Harlem co-owner Adam Roper about the benefits and misconceptions about Bikram yoga.
Here’s an excerpt from Roper in our new HER Source section in issue #265!

“A lot of people think yoga is just relaxing but it’s also coordination, strength and balance and those things aren’t always relaxing and can cause people to become preoccupied with their performance. The physical and mental effort you put into class can leave you with a reduced anxiety level so if you have a high stressed job, or you’re an anxious person, you use that anxiety and by the end of class that anxiety is removed and you’re more calm.”

Check out some photos from the Bikram Yoga Harlem Studio below!

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CLICK HERE to follow Bikram Yoga Harlem on Facebook and to receive a special price for your introductory week!

-Courtney Brown (@CourtneyBrown)