“The 16th Annual Las Vegas Taste & Sounds of Soul Festival and Las Vegas Black Image Magazine Honors was a tremendous success. We like to thank our participating sponsors that include: Channel 13; Southern Glaziers Wine & Spirits; MGM International Resorts; Martell Cognac; Wells Fargo; Caesars Entertainment; Southern Nevada Water Authority; KCEP 88.1 FM; Fremont Street Experience and Findlay Chevrolet and the community at large. Here are a few highlights…”
Las Vegas resident Ed Weathers recently hosted his 7th Annual Las Vegas Couples Retreat. Typically held around Valentine’s Day, the annual event is usually held in Mount Charleston, Nevada or Duck Creek, Utah. This year, the couples went to Duck Creek Village — and had a wonderful time in the snow.
Buffalo Soldiers Inc. members recently attended a meet-and-greet hosted by localLas Vegas McDonald’s owner-operator EvaMartin. Families brought their children tolearn more about these historic veterans,enjoy informative and entertaining reenactments,and much more.
A lot of things can happen in life to change your course or put you on the path to your true calling. For Houston native Gerome Sapp, it was being an All- American high school football star — the number-one player in his state — and earning a full scholarship to Notre Dame University.
Raised by a single mother who always put education first, Sapp knew that the NFL would soon be calling. “I always had a feeling that I would play for the NFL one day,” he said, “and I understood that I would have to take my education seriously if the NFL thing didn’t work out.”
So he majored in finance at Notre Dame, and interned at Merrill Lynch in the summer months during his college years. Sapp’s intuition was correct: he was drafted into the NFL and he played for such teams as the Baltimore Ravens and Indianapolis Colts from 2003 to 2008.
After retiring from football Sapp enrolled in Harvard Business School. “I remember while in football team meetings going over plays, I would scribble down business concepts and the other players would be looking on,” he said. “I didn’t know how to make them into reality at the time, but shared ideas with my teammates — thinking if I couldn’t execute the idea, maybe they could.”
Fate seemed to come full circle for Sapp at Harvard when his entrepreneurial instructor asked the students to take an hour break and then come back to class with a business concept.
“During that hour, I was very hungry and didn’t want to eat the food from the vending machine. I started thinking, and that is when I knew I wanted to come up with a business concept that combined nutrition and convenience,” he said. “I remember in high school how I helped design a ‘grab & go’ system, where students could get fresh sandwiches and go back to class. What’s ironic is, while in that entrepreneurial class break that is where the concept for Health Binge originated — and I didn’t know that would ultimately be the business I am in today.”
Sapp graduated from Harvard, and tried his hand at various other businesses before taking the Healthy Binge plunge.
“It was almost like my internal clock was ticking and I wanted to get out and spread my wings into something else — and business was that thing,” he said. “My first venture was in the apparel business that I started with a buddy from Notre Dame. We were all retired football players and our business was the first 100% American Made Apparel. It was made in North Carolina back in 2009, and was made out of recycled plastic bottles. I was the CEO for the company and my first major sale was to the U.S. Navy Seals. This was the first time I realized I could create something from nothing. I eventually sold my shares back to my business partners.”
Sapp experienced anxious feelings and some depression after moving back to his
hometown in Houston.
“A lot of retired NFL players experience depression after they retire from the game,” he said. “Initially, I didn’t feel those emotions because I immediately went into business after I retired. So my mind was occupied. But I remember the first time I felt the depression was when I sold my shares in the apparel business and not having anything to do daily. It was my birthday and I went to the mailbox and I pulled out an issue of Entrepreneur Magazine. My aunt had gotten me a subscription for my birthday. That magazine opened up the whole world to me, and I was like a sponge. I couldn’t get enough of it. I couldn’t wait to receive my issue each month. I was learning something new each time in the world of business.”
Sapp soon took notice of how technology was not just giving athletes and celebrities a platform, but also the general population.
“I started a technology company which was the reason I came to Las Vegas,” he said. “I always thought you had to be either an athlete or a celebrity to be valued by consumers in the area of social media. If an athlete or celebrity spoke of a product or experience from a product, only they could inspire social media users to do the same. Well, I noticed and researched that was not the case — it was the regular public who was driving brands considerably by their own personal stories about a particular product. The public who weren’t paid to do so, but believed in a product and genuinely drove others to do the same. My technology business model wasn’t about just monitoring one’s followers — because people could buy followers. I wanted to see how many people were influenced to use a product that was either tweeted about or written about via social media outlets and how many repetitive shares did it generate. I was thinking that there was no tracking system in place to measure the ripple effects for a consumer brand. … I didn’t think anyone was influential to anything and people were confusing popularity with influence. You can be popular but that doesn’t necessarily translate into being influential. So, I help to create influencers’ scores that I called, ‘Fluencr.’ This score rated things that really mean something to brands because of the social media consumer ripple effects created.”
Pitching his technology business concept to Zappos mogul Tony Hsieh, proved to be a great meeting — but investment financing was denied.
According to Sapp, “I was made for business, because the NFL prepares you for rejection. I remember when I attended my meeting with Tony Hsieh representatives they loved the business concept and me as the company’s CEO, but said I had too many holes in the business model. I understood because I didn’t have my own internal tech team and there were a lot of things that I had to clean up. So, they had to pass. I walked out of that meeting and then I turned around and went back into their office and asked, ‘You said you liked the concept?’ They said, ‘Yes.’ And I asked, ‘You said you like me?’ They replied, ‘Yes.’ That was literally all I needed to know to make my product better, and I told them I would be back in a year to see them. That year was really the toughest year of my life, but I found the tech team I needed and our first customer was Under Armour the apparel and footwear company. We launched the company in Austin, Texas, and one day I ran into Andy White — the previous head of Vegas Tech Fund. I eventually received the funding for the technology company that had me relocate to Downtown Las Vegas — which was a requirement for the financing, But the company was still under-financed, and I had to shut it down.”
Perseverance was the order of the day for Sapp, and he had his own self-motivated backup plan if his technology business didn’t make it.
“You have to fail sometimes to understand how to succeed,” he said. But I always told myself if the technology company didn’t work out, the first thing I was going to do was the Health Binge business concept. I knew Vegas would be the perfect place for it because the customer service industry contractually demands workers to maintain a great and healthy physical appearance. I love healthy food and I found the best chef to help formulate a great menu. I studied all that I could about Las Vegas demographics and also conducted my own business feasibility to see if people would buy my healthy food. I rented a commercial kitchen and served food from the back door to about 200 cocktail waitresses and bartenders before opening my retail outlet. People love the food and rarely know that they are eating food that is healthy for them. People love the food and now we have opened Health Binge at 6040 West Badura Ave. in Las Vegas. We are also partnering with EOS Fitness and seventeen Health Binge food outlets will be going inside of the health facilities in Vegas and Arizona.”
BY CAPUCINE HOLMES
It was history in the making for Kappa Alpha Psi, as members of the fraternity marked Founders Day Weekend with celebrations and community service to honored their organization’s legacy.
On January 5, 1911, at Indiana University Bloomington, a group of men — Elder Watson Diggs, John Milton Lee, Byron Kenneth Armstrong, Guy Levis Grant, Ezra Dee Alexander, Henry Tourner Asher, Marcus Peter Blakemore, Paul Waymond Caine, Edward Giles Irvin and George Wesley Edmonds — shared a vision to form Kappa Alpha Psi on ideals of brotherhood, unity, leadership, and community outreach. Popularly known as “Kappas,” the men of Kappa Alpha Psi have formed chapters in every U.S. state, as well as international chapters in the United Kingdom, Germany, Japan, Virgin Islands, Nigeria and South Africa — for a total of more than 720 chapters around the world.
Kappa Alpha Psi’s motto is “achievement in every field of human endeavor” — a creed instilled into members during their acceptance into the fraternity, which is known worldwide for step show techniques that feature canes and and trademark color scheme of crimson, red, and cream. Las Vegas is home to two chapters, the Las Vegas Alumni and Theta Sigma. During this spectacular weekend, the men held a Brotherhood ceremony to show community recognition at Three Square.
The local Kappa men are strong in civic involvement, through such positions as Nevada Senator Aaron Ford and Assemblyman Jason Frierson who are making history now as the first two African-American majority leaders in the Nevada legislature; Commissioner Lawrence Weekly, the first African-American to lead the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority; and Gentry Richardson, Lou Collins, Teddy Parker, Byron Goynes, Brian Maddox, Ricky Gourrier, Stan Allen and many more who are making a difference in the world.
Las Vegas history fueled the organization’s desire to do great things in the community while being an example for others. To help create a conduit of knowledge and resources for others.
The Las Vegas Alumni Chapter was established in February 1964 by Kermit R. Booker, Sr., Joseph William Haynes, Herschel L. Williams, Herbert Freeman, and David Hoggard, Jr. The Las Vegas Alumni Chapter received its charter from the Western Province Polemarch Charles Sudduth on on July 11, 1964. The charter members were Kermit R. Booker, Sr.; David Hoggard, Jr.; Herschel L. Williams, Herbert Freeman, William H. Smith, Jr., Harry Robinson, Thomas Bailey, Roger Von Puhl, Joseph William Haynes and Kermit R. Booker.
The essence of the Kappa men continues to resonate in today’s society, through their community involvement, mentoring, and work to connect young people to higher education.
What’s your ideal caloric intake? It’s your preferred body weight x 10 plus 30% if you exercise daily. For women, it’s between 1,000-1,600.
To shed weight, you must reduce your calories or exercise more. A negative balance forces your body to burn its reserve fuel, which is fat. Muscles are the body’s furnace, where fat is burned. That’s why men can eat more yet lose weight faster. They have more muscle mass than women.
What’s basal metabolic rate (BMR)? This is the rate at which your body would burn calories used for vital body functions if you decided to stay in bed all day. It’s a set amount of minimum calories needed. If you eat more than this amount your body will deposit the excess calories as fat. If you eat less, your body uses fat for energy and you lose weight.
To calculate the BMR for a woman: 655 + (4.35 x pounds) + (4.7 x height in inches) – (4.7 x age) Calculate inside parenthesis separately. Then take 655 plus the first number plus the second number minus the last number. This gives you the calories your body uses just to stay alive.
Calories consumed above that get stored as fat unless you exercise which burns excess calories above your BMR. Example: Your BMR is 1,400. You eat a fast food meal of burger,fries and drink at 830 calories, a latte at 500, can of soda at 139, and a candy bar at 237. You are at 1,700 calories and we haven’t added in breakfast, dinner, snacks and drinks. This would easily add an additional 1,000+ calories — making your intake 2700. The body will only burn 1,400 calories for what it needs, leaving 1300 excess calories that will be stored as fat. Over time this surplus becomes unwanted pounds.
Over the next few months we will discuss strategies, tips, and recipes to help you achieve your health or weight loss goals.
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The winter months are close to an end and we will soon welcome spring — a time to feel warmth in the air that signals summer is around the corner. The summertime fun is often met with anticipation for vacations, beach fun and family cookouts.
But for women who suffer from endometriosis, all seasons are met with pain. Endometriosis is a disease in which tissue that normally grows inside the uterus grows outside the organ. This tissue can grow on the ovaries, fallopian tubes, bowels, or bladder. In some rare cases, it grows in other parts of the body.
Some of the symptoms from endometriosis include:
Some women have no symptoms at all. But some might have trouble getting pregnant — and that might be the first sign.
The cause of endometriosis is not known. Surgery — usually a laparoscopy — is the only way to know for sure whether you have endometriosis. Your healthcare provider will first take your medical history, do a pelvic exam, and maybe conduct some imaging tests.
There is no cure for endometriosis, but treatment helps with pain and infertility. Pain medicine, hormone treatment, or surgery are sometimes used as treatment.
For additional information, contact the Las Vegas All Women’s Care Offices at (702) 522-9640. Or visit us at 700 Shadow Lane No. 165 (1st floor) in Las Vegas.
My assessment about life often being tough does not reflect on any religious belief, state of being, or based on health issues one may suffer; but rather the poor folks in the land of plenty being ignorant or in a state of denial as to what is the cause of their lot in life.
The prime reasons for poor folks’ lot in life are that they don’t vote in representative numbers and when they vote they vote against their interests. For instance, how could anyone possibly believe that Trump, who is appointing to his cabinet the richest folks in the history of America, is going to be concerned with poor folks? While I can have a strong suspicion as to why poor whites voted for him, it is a head-scratcher for me to try and understand why poor brown and black folks voted for The Donald. I must confess that for the life of me, I can’t understand how in 2016 any adult person living in America, regardless of color, fails to understand it’s all about the “Benjamins.”
Yet for generations, poor folks continue to aid and abet their circumstance to the extent. I believe it’s fair to say, it has to be considered a pre-existing condition of “indebted poorness.”
Also, not understanding history is what hurts poor folks to no end. I noted earlier about rich and in a number of cases very wealthy people who will be serving in Trump’s cabinet. If poor folks knew any history, then they would know that over a hundred years ago, Lucy Parsons stated, “Never be deceived that the rich will allow you to vote away their wealth.”
Concluding with two points of privilege that I am taking:
1. I have tried not to burden myself with the issue of race, but some of our black preachers who supported Trump caused me to reflect on the fact, as Colonel Ben Davis noted in during WWII, when some of us were acting like fools rather than as patriots; “they may be my color, but they are not my kind!”
2. While recognizing despise is a very strong word, I must be honest with you and say any list of five types of people I despise. Two that would definitely be on the list are people who are ungrateful and those who don’t vote.
So poor folks, paraphrasing Sam Cooke, if you want a change to come, carry your sorry behinds to the polls and vote your interest, which believe me is not the same as rich folks…………
Emotions are absolute. They wash over us unexpectedly, triggering our brains to feel a certain way about experiences or encounters in our lives.
But there is one emotion — joy — that we most desire. Joy is the result of experiencing something value highly. The positive value you place on love, family, friends, God and success are all triggers that can cause you to feel joy.
There are internal and external triggers of joy. Internal joy comes from those things that you personally value for yourself; external joy comes from what you witness in the world around you that brings joy to your heart.
The development of a strong, honest and compassionate value system will bring abundant joy. There must be a balance of values for both the outside world and your internal self that will heighten your feelings of joy. Joy is subtle and often lasting.
A wonderful memory can bring joy. A song from the past might trigger memories about a particular time or person that brings joy into your heart. We cannot be robbed of our joy; you are in control of whether someone can steal it or not.
Don’t be distracted. “Trouble don’t last always.” And joy is always waiting for you to grab hold and become one with it. A smile will trigger a laugh and a hug will trigger the calm. In our quest for peace, remember that joy will take you there.