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Alley Olivier

Journalist

Alley Olivier is a New York City based writer who has a hunger for all things entertainment, culture and lifestyle. A recent graduate from Temple University's School of Media and Communications, Alley balances her time between drinking massive amounts of caffeine and listening to music. The Brooklyn native has written for local Philadelphia publications such as The Daily News and Philadelphia Weekly as well as premier entertainment publications like VIBE Magazine.

In the future, Alley hopes to launch her own NYC based women's magazine.

Portfolio
Madamenoire
10/02/2014
Are The Youth Of Today Getting Worse And Worse?

I was 13 years old when I was finally allowed to take the MTA (the NYC subway or bus) without being accompanied by my parents or older siblings. When I would ride the subway or bus with my mother she would sometimes say to me, "I hope you don't act a fool when you're on the train alone like some of these kids."

Madamenoire
08/01/2014
Can We Stop With All The Kissing And Telling

Let's talk about sex. The men are always doing it: speaking on the performance of their past sexual partners, trading kinky tricks of the trade, putting compromising photos out there, dissing their exes-and it's all done in public.

Madamenoire
08/14/2014
Why Remy Ma Should Focus On Music And Not Reality TV

Remy Ma has spent six and a half years behind bars on two counts of assault. Since her departure from the rap game, things have changed. She's changed. Female MCs have waned, allowing for an already male-dominated industry to further marginalize the women attempting to rock the mic.

Madamenoire
09/30/2014
Why Are Women Always To Blame In Bad Situations?

Let's play the blame game. Janay Palmer's then fiancé, Ray Rice, delivers a knockout punch to her face resulting in her hitting her head and being knocked out unconscious. She is subsequently dragged out of an elevator by her man (who seems unbothered), and we say that she spit on him.

Madamenoire
09/16/2014
What's Going On With The Role Models For Our Young Girl?

I worry for my 1-year-old niece. She is very young now, but when she navigates the schoolyard years from now, I wonder what the music she hears will sound like. I wonder what images will be on her TV screen. Who will be her generation's Beyoncé?

Madamenoire
09/08/2014
What Happened To Powerful Girl Groups?

702. SWV. Blaque. TLC. Xscape. Destiny's Child. En Vogue. The '90s girl groups we all loved at one time have seemingly all disappeared. That era was overrun with women doing their thing, dominating the radio with break-up playlists, love making tunes and pre-game records.

Madamenoire
11/18/2014
Why I'm Over The Drama Between Drake And Tyga

Drake and Tyga's social media tit-for-tat reminds me of junior high school. While we weren't as well-versed in the Internet back then, the pettiness was ever-present in spirited cafeteria arguments that sometimes amounted to hand-to-hand combat. The difference between then and now is that these boys, who are really grown men, are allowed to be much more passive aggressive.

Madamenoire
11/18/2014
Why I'm Over The Drama Between Drake And Tyga

Drake and Tyga's social media tit-for-tat reminds me of junior high school. While we weren't as well-versed in the Internet back then, the pettiness was ever-present in spirited cafeteria arguments that sometimes amounted to hand-to-hand combat. The difference between then and now is that these boys, who are really grown men, are allowed to be much more passive aggressive.

Madamenoire
08/15/2014
Hip Hop And Social Change: Why Rappers Should Speak Up

Hip-hop is protest, or at least, that's what it used to be. The beauty of its art is that on a piano-driven or drum-fueled beat, someone who isn't a politician, teacher or authority figure can reach the masses and educate. The lessons aren't conventional. The lessons aren't sugarcoated.

Madamenoire
08/26/2014
Why Taylor Swift's Shake It Off Video Is Really Not That Deep

Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj both took the stage at the MTV Video Music Awards to perform their latest singles ("Shake It Off" and "Anaconda"). Despite occupying two very different genres, both stars have one common detail in their recent visual productions that seem to be bringing in a fair share of controversy- twerking backsides.

Madamenoire
10/30/2014
Why Are Labels Seeking Out So Many One-Hit Wonders?

There's a new trend in music: All you need is a catchy hook (one that can go viral, i.e., "No Flex Zone"), a cosign from an artist with a major reach and a reinvented version of a two-step people have been doing for years, and you will be guaranteed momentary success.

Madamenoire
10/30/2014
Why Are Labels Seeking Out So Many One-Hit Wonders?

There's a new trend in music: All you need is a catchy hook (one that can go viral, i.e., "No Flex Zone"), a cosign from an artist with a major reach and a reinvented version of a two-step people have been doing for years, and you will be guaranteed momentary success.

Madamenoire
10/14/2014
Why We Need More Real Fans And Less Crazy Stans

Courtesy of the digital age, having an opinion that does not align with the majority is deadly. A tweet or statement made on the radio or posted on other forms of social media can incite all forms of cyber bullying - and can quite possibly cause people to cut you off K.

Madamenoire
07/25/2014
Is Iggy Azalea Really A "Problem"?

Question: What's people's real issue with Iggy Azalea? Is the disdain I've read about and seen because she doesn't sound like your everyday Australian? Is it because people claim she said the N-word? Is it that she has a pop sound but because her delivery is through a rap, she is able to crossover to hip-hop too?

Madamenoire
07/17/2014
Biopics Wont Always Get It 100% Right, But We Need Them

A biopic aims to provide an in-depth look into the lives of legends, both living and deceased, but most of the time, when word gets out about them, they are often criticized for missing the mark in one way or another.

Madamenoire
07/04/2014
Why Can't Women In Hip Hop Get Along Anymore?

Do you remember Brandy's standout remix of "I Wanna Be Down?" It was 1995, and the 15-year-old singer was joined by some of the hottest femcees of the time - MC Lyte, Queen Latifah and YoYo - to make a record for the ladies, by the ladies.

Karencivil
06/03/2014
It's Now Or Never Again For Chris Brown

Chris Brown was the real MVP of Hot 97's Summer Jam 2014. It seemed like Sevyn Streeter, Trey Songz and Lil Wayne were using "Loyal" as a secret

Interviews

Karencivil
05/15/2014
Civil Premiere: Taylor Gang's Courtney Noelle Releases Official 'Fooled' Visuals

Courtney Noelle has finally gifted the world with her own full project. Love on the Run is for the tough girls looking for love but scared to fall head first once again. "They've been hurt, they've been scared, they get disappointed time after time and now they're just searching for it," says Taylor Gang's official first lady.

Karencivil
04/28/2014
YG Talks Footaction Project and Favorite Sneakers

Last night (April 27), YG graced the stage for a sold out concert in New York City's Irving Plaza. But before the West Coast rapper touched the mic, he met up with Footaction to talk style. The sneaker and lifestyle company has tapped the "My Hitta" MC as part of their Style Means series, where they ...

Karencivil
04/15/2014
Civil Interview: Vali Talks 'Dimes Acoustic' And Her Obsession With Audrey Hepburn

Pink-haired urban pop singer Vali is focused on carving out her own sound while getting her music right to enlist big-name features. With collaborations from Juicy J, "Bon Voyage," and Taylor Gang's sergeant Wiz Khalifa, "Dimes," already under her belt, the New York City-born artist is keeping busy between hair appointments and studio sessions.

Hypehair
03/20/2014
Hype Chat: Sevyn Streeter Shares 7 Beauty Tips For Dealing With Men

Sevyn Streeter is a songbird crafting lines meant to resonate with any woman and her situation. Whether it's a high in your relationship or a somber low, Sevyn's vocals carry the airiness of new love and pain of love lost on her EP Call Me Crazy But...

Hypehair
03/13/2014
Hype Chat: Bridget Kelly Reveals Beauty Must-Haves and Why She'd Swap Hair With Jennifer Lopez

Bridget Kelly is beauty personified. The Roc Nation songbird has gone through many hair and beauty transformations making sure her look always matches what she felt inwardly. "The bangs for me was fun because it kind've left some mystery to who I was and what I was doing," she says, "but then at some point, I got tired and felt like I was hiding a little bit."

Hypehair
02/10/2014
Honey Larochelle Dishes on Her Favorite Shea Moisture Products and Lip Gloss Obsession

Honey Larochelle is known for her show-stopping, big, curly hair. Swearing by raw and organic hair products to keep her vibrant red tresses healthy, they're a bold visual compliment to her sultry vocals. And with being constantly on the road, Honey has figured out the proper cocktail to keep both her hair and skin radiant.

Artsymagazine
11/13/2013
Staten Island's Fashion Representative: The Social Club Custom Boutique

By Alley Olivier Photography by Nina Ly, A.R.T.S.Y Magazine, Issue 5 Hiram "Lu" Oquendo is your modern day jack-of-all-trades. A licensed real estate agent, full-time father, fashion designer and businessman wrapped in one - the young visionary is more interested in helping another rather than stomping on their success.

Artsymagazine
11/12/2013
A Rebel With Class, Sass and a Cause

ReBellerie is a one-woman show. Stephanie Semon, founder of the jewelry line, combined the words rebel, belle and jewelry to stylize the name of her brand, hence - ReBellerie. Despite working towards her Master's, a sprinter on the track team and treasurer of the African Culture Club at St.

Artsymagazine
08/28/2013
Ty Hickson: A New Age Renaissance Man

Ty Hickson is a new age renaissance man; actor, rapper, photographer and videographer - this young man can literally do it all. Though he is seemingly a jack-of-all-trades, acting is his first passion. "I was just born an actor, I was always acting," Hickson said.

Artsymagazine
11/11/2013
Lashaia Artis: A Dreamer Painting Her Own Reality

If you have the distinguished honor to run into Lashaia Artis, you are certainly in for a treat. She adorns a style all her own from the very tip of her jeweled hair to her feet. Eclectic is about as close to properly describing her.

Editorial

Cocoandcreme
08/27/2013
Big Hair Don't Care: Kiah Victoria Swears By A Good Conditioner

Kiah Victoria is a rising songstress who keeps her makeup bag light and her curly hair big. Her soulful sound matches her bold, natural coils and signature use of an exciting lip stain. Working on a September release of her Gravitate EP, the New York native is concentrating on maintaining the high she achieved while performing front and center at Jay Z's "Picasso Baby" performance art exhibit.

Artsymagazine
10/24/2013
Billy Badass Is Mixing Sexy With The Street

There aren't too many female MC's who are street but maintain their feminine side at the same damn time. To fill the void enters Billy Badass - a femcee who packs the voice of the street in her bars. Rapping for fun during her high school days, Billy met up with TAC and started taking her verses seriously.

Artsymagazine
09/13/2013
Artist Spotlight: Camara Aunique, Avant-garde and Colorful

Camara's mother knew that she would be unique, so giving her the name Aunique was fitting. Camara Aunique is a makeup artist with a fierce arsenal of highlighting the lips and brows. She has the makeup knowledge to create a vision that is simple and natural or Avant-garde and colorful.

Artsymagazine
10/30/2013
Mizan - A Trendsetting Singer/Songwriter

Mizan is enlisting a whole new set of rules for artists, before and after her, to follow when it comes to music. The singer and songwriter doesn't listen to the radio nor does she follow a traditional release of an EP - her songs come from pain and draw a conscious message.

Artsymagazine
08/27/2013
Kiah Victoria: The New Picasso Baby

Kiah Victoria has a big personality that is equally matched by her soulful voice. Sitting in Housingworks Bookstore Café on a rainy Saturday, the spacious setup doesn't seem to give enough room for the 21-year-old singer/songwriter. Her signature big hair and bold, colored lip stain are the accents to her bright eyes and infectious laughter.

Karencivil
05/07/2014
Tank Is Returning To Old School R&B For Upcoming Album

Tank is a breath of R&B fresh air. The musical veteran returns to the feel good music previous generations tell young whippersnappers about. With his daughters and ex-wife there for support, the vocal powerhouse hosted a listening party in New York last night (May 6) for a glimpse of what his new album will feel ...

Karencivil
03/10/2014
#BoosieSpeaks: 10 Things We Learned From Lil Boosie's Press Conference

Lil Boosie addressed the media, and the public, early today (Mar. 10) during a press conference for the first time since he was released from prison last Wednesday night. "The first thing I did was pick up my kids," the rapper known as Bad Azz said, seated next to host Angela Yee.

Karencivil
03/03/2014
Civil Court: Is It Too Soon For Kendrick Lamar's Sophomore LP?

2013 was without a doubt Kendrick Lamar's year and it appears K. Dot intends to continue that momentum with a sophomore album due out in September. Top Dawg Entertainment's frontman lead with an iron fist, dropping menacing bars in his feature verses - never forget "Control" - as well as dropping his major label debut which cemented his place in hip hop, good ...

Karencivil
02/13/2014
Ashanti Bares All On 'Braveheart'

Ashanti invited us into her living room last night (February 12) for an intimate first listen to her long overdue LP Braveheart. There is nothing more real than watching an artist bare all for her supporters and unsupporters. Surrounded by her family and press heads - Jungle City Studios was candle lit with complimentary Svedka ...

Karencivil
02/12/2014
Rick Ross' 'Mastermind' Not Just Another Drug Dealer Soundtrack

"This is about the Mastermind, this is about the music," Rick Ross said as he briefly addressed the anxious first listeners of his sixth LP. He did not dive into details about the creative process, studio sessions, or the story he hopes to tell in the 16 track project - instead he wanted the music ...

Karencivil
02/05/2014
'Being Mary Jane' Recap: Couple's Therapy, Lazy Head And Divorce Papers

That one week hiatus was well worth all the shade thrown in last night's (February 4) episode of Being Mary Jane. Before the mudslinging began, a serious serving of comedic relief came in the form of Avery's (Robinne Lee) desperate act of giving her husband all the cognitive activity he claimed he desired.

Karencivil
01/22/2014
'Being Mary Jane' Recap: Addiction Is A Mother

Episode three moved a lot slower compared to the last two weeks. The opening scene, as usual, did not disappoint but as for the remaining hour it didn't really pick back up. The word for episode three was addiction. Learning more about Patrick's (Richard Brooks) own struggles with cocaine addiction, celebrating two years of sobriety, ...

Karencivil
01/08/2014
Lets Talk About Sex: 'Being Mary Jane' Premiere Panel Discussion

Sex is a weapon. Watching the first episode of Being Mary Jane, you can't help but agree that those moments of physical euphoria give our brains time to discern through the messy state our hearts have found themselves in. Those moments of want, desire and lust are enough to blind even the strongest woman of ...

Karencivil
12/12/2013
T.I. Celebrates 'Book Of Kings' Launch in NYC

With Hennessy V.S. on pour, industry folk and celebrities gathered at New York's Pillar 38 to celebrate T.I. and his AKOO Clothing Brand's launch of Book of Kings Vol. 1. The inaugural coffee table book features artist Sue Tsai, photographer Jonathan Mannion, our very own Karen Civil and plenty other leading tastemakers.

Artsymagazine
01/27/2014
Dom O Brigg's "Reset.EP" Review

Prelude to his debut album, "heARTbeats," Dom O' Briggs launches four lyrical tracks in his project, "Reset.EP". The spacey project is a platform for Dom's easy flow that seemingly melts into the beat without contest. As different as all four tracks are, Dom's lyrics glide over the beat.

Artsymagazine
06/25/2013
Bed-Stuy's Own STooP Art Show

BROOKLYN-If Stoop Kid from Hey Arnold turned the front of his house into a live art show, Arnold and friends would be too busy watching talent unfold rather than antagonizing him to come down the steps. STooPS: Step Up. Step Out. kicked off its inaugural year Sunday in Bedford-Stuyvesant of Brooklyn.

Vibevixen
Vixen Vent: Bad Behavior is Not Black Behavior

Will the new excuse for white celebrities exhibiting bad behavior be: "it's a shame that they're acting black"? According to Sharon Osbourne, this must be the likely explanation for Justin [...]

Hair/Beauty/Nails

Hypehair
05/23/2014
5 Things to Add to Your Summer Hair Bucket List

Summer is on the horizon and you may have listed some things you want to do: skip town on a road trip, roast marshmallows on a campfire, feel the sand between your toes, channel Italy and taste the finest gelato - but what are you going to do to your hair?

Hypehair
05/07/2014
Wig Out For A Fun Protective Style

Wigs used to be seen as just another styling tool perfect for Halloween parties and becoming someone else for a short period of time. Now, wigs are more than just a costume prop. While on your search for the best low maintenance summer 'do, look into wigs as a possible option.

Hypehair
04/18/2014
The Best Hair Colors For Spring

The sun has shattered winter's chill for slightly warmer temperatures, and it is now time to break out the lighter colors in lieu of the darker hues. Just as our wardrobes change, our hair may be in need of a total makeover. Giving way to fun, unsuspecting colors perfect for warm temperatures, vacations and festivals.

Hypehair
04/15/2014
Nail 101: How To Stimulate Healthy Growth

Our nails can easily fly under the radar when it comes to maintenance. Unbeknownst to us, just as the seasons and our location can effect our hair, the same factors can work against stimulating natural nail growth. Also, misuse of acrylic and nail polish can strip the layers of our nails causing them to become brittle and weak.

Hypehair
04/10/2014
5 Tools and Accessories to Help Style Your Short 'Do

Having a cropped mane can seem a bit limiting in the style department. Longer hair has a range of style options that can be achieved with plenty of products and styling tools, but when it comes to short hair, it takes a bit more time and creativity.

Hypehair
03/27/2014
HAIR STORY: I Cut My Hair, Get Over It

When I was 15 years old, my hair length reached the middle of my back. I hadn't tainted my hair with color yet. Ran to the salon for a relaxer touch-up every six to seven months, and a blow out and deep condition every two weeks. My hair was arguably to die for.

Hypehair
03/13/2014
7 Statement-Making Hairstyles For Prom

Prom season is underway and as girls scramble to finalize what colors and styles they hope to wear on that day, hair is yet another stressful factor to decide. No matter how grand and perfect the dress is, a bland hairdo can destroy the look.

Hypehair
03/06/2014
5 Alternate Ways To Dye Your Hair At Home

So the weather is warming up and you're looking for the perfect color to dye your hair, right? But bleach and way too many rinses can be harsh on our hair.

Hypehair
02/25/2014
7 Ways To Know You're A Product Junkie

Are you addicted to trying out the next best thing since slice bread when it comes to your hair? Have your friends crowned you the mixologist of hair serums, oils and creams? Okay, well then you might have a product addiction.

Hypehair
02/20/2014
Low Maintenance Styles That Are Perfect For Vacation!

When vacation comes calling, it's all about over-packing and not doing any heavy lifting when it comes to your hair. Vacation is meant to focus on soaking up some sun and enjoying the sights, not battling with frizz and unkempt coils!

Hypehair
02/06/2014
My Hair Dye Horror Story

I have not the slightest clue as to what my natural hair looks like. Since the age of 16, I've been highlighting, lowlighting, dyeing and re-dyeing my strands to express whatever stage in my life through colorful hues. Starting with highlights, my hair has possibly been every shade of brown there is known to man.

Hypehair
02/07/2014
The Best 8 DIY Face Masks to Try Now

Our skin is very delicate and without the proper treatment, it can take quite a beating. Of course, there are exfoliators, facial masks, delicate face washes that help maintain smooth and glowing skin, but many of these products can be quite expensive.

Vibevixen
Confessions of a MAC Shopper

MAC is making the transition from Summer to Fall easy with the preview of their latest collection, and for as a girl who recently learned how to properly apply concealer and foundation-attending the walk-in event was fun and informative. Once sitting in the chair I had a choice of sampling eye shadow, lip or blush.

News

Karencivil
05/29/2014
Laverne Cox Covers 'Time Magazine'

LGBT advocate and Orange is the New Black actress, Laverne Cox, is Time Magazine's latest cover star. The unlikely icon attacks

Karencivil
05/29/2014
Nas Launches College Scholarship Fund

Nas is bringing his life experiences to Seattle based company, Koru, to launch a new college scholarship fund. The aim is to help students transition into the workforce with financial support. The New York Times reports that the rapper has invested $100,000 into the company and intends to work directly with the first crop of students.

Karencivil
05/26/2014
T.I. Responds To Black Eye Rumors

T.I. and Floyd Mayweather's Las Vegas Fatburger brawl is getting messier by the hour. Following the chair throwing riot, Floyd spoke with Necolebitchie to

Hypehair
05/15/2014
Ursula Stephen Celebrates One-Year Anniversary of 'The Salon'

Celebrity stylist Ursula Stephen was joined by friends, beauty editors and her amazing staff to celebrate the one-year anniversary of Ursula Stephen The Salon. Blending in with the on-the-rise Fort Greene neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York, Ursula has claimed her space on the tree-lined block.

Karencivil
05/14/2014
SZA Talks Failing Out Of College And Her Road To TDE With 'The Breakfast Club'

SZA isn't too proud of her college experience but the only way to force her parents to realize she wanted to pursue singing was to fail out her last semester. Starting out at Delaware State University studying marine biology, TDE's first lady talks her road to TDE with The Breakfast Club.

Karencivil
05/12/2014
Did You See Solange Attack Hov? [Video]

Jay Z and Solange may have had a falling out. Captured by a surveillance tape, Solange kicked and punched Bey's husband in an elevator, TMZ reports. The family drama unfolded during the Met Gala after party (May 5). Luckily for Hov, a bodyguard was able to keep somewhat of a hold on Solange while Beyoncé stood to the ...

Hypehair
05/15/2014
KeKe Palmer Shows Us How To Wrap Our Hair [Video]

Wrapping straight hair at night is vital to skipping out on the re-straightening process the following morning. Actress Keke Palmer decided to provide the ladies with step-by-step video instructions via her Instagram last night (May 14) to help us out.

Karencivil
05/07/2014
Obama Finally Addresses Kidnapping Of Nigerian Girls

President Obama spoke out against the horrific kidnapping of 276 girls in Nigeria yesterday (May 6) calling it both "heartbreaking" and "outrageous." Twenty-two days has passed since the girls have been abducted by an extreme Islam militant group Boko Haram that translates to "western education is sinful."

Karencivil
05/01/2014
@OnlyHipHopFacts Lists 21 Random Hip-Hop Truths

According to hip-hop purists, this new crop of millennial rap lovers certainly has some hip-hop homework to do. But although rising stans of the genre may not have lived during the Big Daddy Kane or Notorious B.I.G eras, the love for the culture runs deep.

Hypehair
04/28/2014
Cynthia Bailey's Open Letter: The Reality of a Friendship Gone Awry

Since the airing of the Watch What Happens Live episode featuring my fellow Real Housewives of Atlanta cast member Nene Leakes that essentially gave her a platform to show how vindictive and vicious she can really be, I have been bombarded with questions and requests for interviews about my views on what really transpired between Nene and I, and why our friendship ended.

Hypehair
04/23/2014
Lupita Nyong'o Named 'Most Beautiful' By People Magazine

Is there anything Lupita Nyong'o can't do? Just this year, the Kenyan beauty has snagged several honors including an Oscar for Best Actress, a major beauty contract, and a heap of fashion magazine looks. Today, People magazine revealed that the dark-skinned actress landed the cover of their "Most Beautiful" issue, an honor not a lot of women of color can boast.

Hypehair
04/22/2014
Nicki Minaj Maintains Natural Beauty at 'The Other Woman' Premiere

Nicki Minaj's toned down style has not changed the fact that she steals the runway with head turning fashion. Rocking a knitted gown, Nicki kept all eyes on her as she graced the runway of The Other Woman's premiere last night (April 21) in Los Angeles.

Karencivil
04/15/2014
Childish Gambino Airs Frustration: "Someone Buy Me Out Of This Contract"

It appears Childish Gambino's "Sweatpants" video was mishandled. Yesterday, Gambino took to his Twitter and Deep Web Tour Blog where he vented his frustrations towards his label, Glassnote Records. "so this sweatpants video and blog was important to us. it wasn't handled correctly," he said.

Karencivil
04/10/2014
Study Claims Rap Music Drives Teenagers To Drink

Teen drinking is very bad but it appears rap is juicing up minors to grab a swig of their favorite artist's drink of choice. According to a new study conducted by researchers at Dartmouth College, teens are more likely to binge drink after listening to rap, Daily Mail reports.

Cocoandcreme
09/06/2013
Sheryl Underwood Continues To Apologize For Nasty Hair Comment

Sheryl Underwood's comic relief has found her seeking the forgiveness of the black community to seemingly no avail. After questioning why someone would save black "curly, nappy beads"-something Heidi Klum does with her biracial children-compared to white "beautiful, long and silky" hair on a June episode of The Talk, a mega backlash ensued.

Cocoandcreme
09/03/2013
Tumblr Bloggers Team Up With Designers For Secret Behind-The-Scenes NYFW Coverage

Tumblr is known for its lofty photos making it the preferred blogging platform for all things fashion. Particularly, the micro-blogging site has been involved with New York Fashion Week in some capacity for the past six seasons. This year, 20 lucky bloggers are being paired with a top fashion designers to document the behind-the-scenes prep for this year's fashion week.

Vibe
08/21/2013
Jay Z's Foundation Awards Over $1 Million To Students

Vibe Media is a premier destination for urban entertainment and media, Vibe Media creates solutions for advertisers looking to engage consumers via music, entertainment, culture and lifestyle 18-54.

College Clips

Temple-news
02/13/2012
Love bites

Restaurants throughout the city are encouraging their patrons' romantic appetites on Valentine's Day with special aphrodisiac menus for the holiday. Love and food easily go hand in hand. So it's no surprise that many restaurants are offering a menu specializing in heightening that special someone's feelings of love and desire.

Temple-news
02/12/2012
Owls handle Xavier in front of 'white-out' crowd

The Owls defeated Xavier 85-72 on Saturday night. Led by senior Ramone Moore the Temple Owls defeated the Xavier Musketeers 85-72 Saturday night at the Liacouras Center. Accompanying Moore's game high 30 points, graduate center Micheal Eric dominated in the paint with a season-high 16 rebounds and 11 points - his first double-double since returning from his injury....

Temple-news
12/06/2011
Student feedback forms prove to lack quality

Alexandra Olivier argues that feedback forms are an ineffective way for professors to recieve student feedback. It's the last day of classes and the internal battle of whether to go or not to go ensues. For some students, attending their last day is vital to have those last burning questions concerning their grades or final exam answered.

Temple-news
01/31/2012
Let your booty drop

No one likes a kiss and tell - unless it's funny and completely anonymous, of course. Founders of BootyDrop.com Kevin Lance and Matthew Weaver said they wanted to create a website where college students could chronicle their best and worst hookup stories in hopes of getting a snapshot of each school's culture.

Temple-news
12/07/2010
Nonprofit organization empowers women with rock music

Girls Rock Philly, an all-girl music camp, uses the rock 'n' roll attitude to inspire confidence among women. Before sophomore communications major Maura Filoromo attended Girls Rock Philly summer camp, she never thought she could write a song.... Girls Rock Philly, an all-girl music camp, uses the rock 'n' roll attitude to inspire confidence among women.

Temple-news
02/14/2012
Women's basketball ups intensity

Senior guards Shey Peddy and BJ Williams get in sync. There is a chemistry on the women's basketball team that is steering them towards success. This chemistry has resulted in yet another win, this time against the Massachusetts Minutewomen, 77-55, at the Liacouras Center on Saturday night.

Temple-news
02/22/2011
Risky situations resolved at the simple touch of a button

FORSSE, a new application for smartphones, connects users to a safety monitoring system. Sophomore biology and African-American studies major Nnena Nwafor said she knows people who risk "walking home at 2 a.m.... FORSSE, a new application for smartphones, connects users to a safety monitoring system.

Temple-news
02/07/2012
Owls' guards pick up the pace in win

The Owls extended their winning streak to seven games. After a slow start in the first half, the Owls opened the second half with a 17-4 run, dominating to their 69-51 win against the Fordham Rams Saturday afternoon. The Owls extended their winning streak to seven games.

Temple-news
02/14/2012
'Stuff people say' videos don't carry cruel intentions

Olivier argues that there are negative stereotypes and then there are stereotypes that people should be able to laugh at. There is a stereotype for everything. If you're a doctor your handwriting is sloppy, if you're a male athlete you're promiscuous, if you're a white female you abuse the word "like" and if you're black your choice of drink is grape Kool-Aid.

Temple-news
03/29/2011
Philadelphia sauces up Food Network

If you're hungry in Philadelphia, what is the No. 1 thing any local would suggest? A cheesesteak. But there's more to Philly's cuisine than just cheesesteaks and Tastykakes. Food Network stars Tom Pizzica, the host of "Outrageous Food," Rahm Fama, the host of "Meat & Potatoes," and others have taken interest in the cuisine Philly has to offer.

Temple-news
08/29/2011
Participants take back the word 'slut'

Women across the world have joined the SlutWalk movement to reclaim the word "slut" after a Toronto police officer's comment regarding sexual assault. I am a slut. I wear form fitting jeans, cropped tops and high heels to show off my exquisite features and hope that my outfit calls for an assailant.

Temple-news
11/29/2010
Taking it to the streets

In a city where nature acts as the backdrop to a concrete stage, all one needs is a hat and some talent to make it in Rittenhouse Square. "After shopping on Walnut [Street], I like to come here and just enjoy the tranquility of the square and, when I get lucky, watch some cool or weird performances," sophomore Yakira Young said.

Temple-news
02/22/2011
Alexandra Olivier: Unbalanced super-size excess

Starbucks' new 31-ounce cup reflects unnutritious consumption habits in the United States. In the land of Big Gulps, Super-Sizes and extra larges, Starbucks is giving birth to its own larger -than-life cup.... Starbucks' new 31-ounce cup reflects unnutritious consumption habits in the United States.

Temple-news
03/01/2011
Smile Frown Theatre performs 'After Carpathia'

Writer and producer Kevin Stackhouse explains how Smile Frown Theatre began. "Titanic" fans swept up in unanswered questions, possible "what ifs" and their own post-"Titanic" scenarios have their own original play to add to the fantasy, "After Carpathia."

Temple-news
02/15/2011
Strutting down the world's catwalk

The continents exploded in a sea of fabric and jewels inside Temple's Performing Arts Center during the World's Runway, hosted by the Progressive NAACP and Dynasty Entertainment. Models of all heights, races and body types graced the runway in fashions representing Asia, Europe and both Americas.

Temple-news
04/10/2012
Department, city observe National Public Health Week

April 2 marked the beginning of the 17th annual National Public Health Week, a nationwide effort to raise awareness of healthy habits. Monday, April 2 marked the beginning of a weeklong celebration for National Public Health Week recognized by public health majors....

Temple-news
04/17/2012
Olivier: Online feedback forms still ineffective

Let's be honest, no one fills out Internet surveys. OK, "no one" is harsh - maybe 15 people fill out Internet surveys. Survey response rates are generally low, it doesn't matter how convenient they are.

Temple-news
09/19/2011
Looking for his own "Freedom Papers"

Mai Spann-Wilson, a student working towards his masters in social work, recently released an album as a means to take control of his life and channel his talents. Everyone craves the freedom to pursue individual goals.

Temple-news
10/03/2011
First Friday artists bring varied talents to Old City

A performer works tirelessly on a routine so that on the day of the show their performance appears effortless to the audience. In the shoes of an artist, his or her performance is the presentation of their work at a gallery where they can be a part of the audience-the show takes place every First Friday.

Temple-news
02/01/2011
Driving off the streets and into the showroom

Attendees and participants of the Philadelphia International Auto Show explain how car shows are an art form that everyone can enjoy. The Philadelphia International Auto Show takes art to new heights when it gives patrons the chance to sit and experience the majestic sculptures people encounter every day....

Temple-news
02/15/2011
Alexandra Olivier: Leaner bodies for fatter pockets

Ladies striving for leaner bodies could possibly lead to fatter wallets, according to a study published in the fall issue of the Journal of Applied Psychology. First, women were competing against their male counterparts for fairer wages, and to this day, they still are.

Temple-news
01/23/2012
Not snitching reflects survival, not character

The unwritten code of not being a snitch allows criminals to go free. Olivier explains why this rule is often followed in some communities. After moving from my cozy, predominantly white neighborhood to a predominantly black neighborhood in Brooklyn, N.Y. when I was nine years old, I quickly had to learn a whole new set of rules.

Temple-news
02/28/2011
A breath of fresh air away from the cityscape

Camp in these nearby sites to explore the outdoors in an inexpensive way. ...WALBERT YOUNG TTN Green grass, blue lakes and s'mores roasting over a fire are the essence of camping. Camp in these nearby sites to explore the outdoors in an inexpensive way.

Temple-news
11/16/2010
Even without sleep, the show must go on

Temple's Insomnia Theater has created a group for those who love theater and have 24 hours to devote to their passion. Insomnia Theater is an organization for students to enjoy the world of acting, directing, stage management and playwriting.

Temple-news
11/07/2011
Alumna founds program for women in drug recovery

Kristin Gavin, an adjunct professor and alumna founded "Gearing Up," a program in the Interim House that encourages recovery through cycling. Some choose to write poetry, others knit and still others may listen to music to escape from the stress they encounter day-to-day.

Temple-news
04/05/2011
Lunch Lady Variety

The London Grill was overcome by laughter and local Philadelphia talent on April 2 as a fundraising variety show that brought back everyone's favorite lunch lady at the Red Square Theatre. The duo of Lunch Lady and Frank, comprised of Bella Weil Saltzer and Adam Rzepka, came back for the Second Annual Red Square Skiffle - a party to raise rent for this year's Fringe show.

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Parkside: West Park Cultural Center Strengthens Community Vitality through the Arts

The West Park Cultural Center, since 2001, has become a community-based resource for residents to access local arts, education, and other engaging programs for their enjoyment. The West Park Cultural Center, located at 4021 Parkside Ave. inside the High School of the Future, has created an environment that encourages neighbors to connect through the arts.

Temple-news
09/26/2011
Food for the soul to be served at Owl's Nest

Owl's Nest's head chef Keith Taylor is bringing in more Southern comfort food, including brisket and macaroni and cheese, to the menu at the restaurant. History, tradition and late night pizza are being taken to new heights under Executive Chef Keith Taylor and his team at the Owl's Nest, located at 2010 N.

Temple-news
12/05/2011
Tradition continues through generations

The Mummers brigades continue the Philadelphia tradition as they prepare costumes, props and performances for this year's New Year's Day Parade. While many may have just started preparing for the holiday season, a certain group in Philadelphia has been planning since the second day of the new year.

Temple-news
11/07/2011
Festival brings Asian filmmakers to Philly

Philadelphia is home to a variety of great events like the auto show, the International Flower Show and First Fridays. It is no surprise that alongside these events, Philadelphia is also home to an Asian American Film Festival. The Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival was founded in 2008 by a group of individuals including alumnus Joe Kim.

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University City: Bikram Yoga Brings the Heat

In a room with temperatures over 104 degrees and humidity topping 40 percent, men and women contort their bodies into 26 poses for 90 minutes. This is unique form of yoga offered at the Bikram Yoga University City, a new studio located at 4215 Chestnut St.

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