Her Find: Successful - Drake ft. Trey Songz

Monday, August 31, 2009 by Samantha Clarke

This was my first favorite off of So Far Gone and now there's a video to match. It has a real powerful message of having a big dream and shows some amazing images of Drake and Trey in the place of some 'regular folk' ie. the doorman.

Also, I love verse 2 that Trey sings and his famous improvising towards the end. Just perfect.

Watch the vid and listen to the lyrics. Shot in Toronto, directed by Jake Davis.




"Dream chaser. Risk taker..."



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Topic of the Week: Is age really just a number?

by Samantha Clarke

Demi


She said: This question comes up a lot with girlfriends of mine. Usually, they are younger than the person they’re seeing and have felt some heat from friends and family members about it. The issue of age is also raised with women who seek out younger men or “cougars”. I’ve never dealt with the latter with anyone I know, but either way my opinion on the subject still applies.

Outsiders may judge based on their preconceived notions of older men/women taking advantage of the younger person. When people that care about you share their sentiments about who you’re seeing, no matter how much you want to ignore it does affect you. Probably would make you feel insecure and reconsider pursuing a relationship with a person older or younger than you. My opinion on this matter is that a person should NOT let these ideas cloud your courtship if it is strictly based on the person’s age. Age is a number!

The age of the person you’re seeing in my opinion shouldn’t matter, but there are exceptions. I don’t think any illegal activities are acceptable like the school teacher who claimed she fell in love with one of her students (while he was in middle school!) The age in this case is an issue obviously. I do think though those two adults can date and very well could be compatible although being separated by several years.

Despite the negative things people may say, you may learn something from your older man or woman. They may even learn something from you! If you can enjoy the same things and laugh and enjoy each other’s company AND BE HAPPY then why not!? Isn’t everyone entitled to searching and eventually finding happiness? People will always have their opinions, but at the end of the day it’s up to you to live YOUR life the way you feel is best and in the way that brings you the most joy.

He said: Having a hard and fast view about relationships in which there is a significant age difference is as archaic, and somewhat (for a lack of better words) stupid, as feeling the need to be married by a certain age.

Relationships are complex. There is no generalized standard or age ratio and to be quite honest there should not be. Some young people have ‘old souls’, and vice-versa, are they supposed to be unhappy, while upholding some ‘societal standard’? Of course, there will be extremes, such as the Hugh Hefner’s but there’s a line, and in this case a huge one.

It’s easy to raise doubts or question how it works, and wonder what would they have in common, etc etc Again though relationships are complex and the void an older/younger partner could be filling for their respective partners could make their ages irrelevant, or even more significant, and shouldn’t really matter to anyone but the party’s involved.

It’s not a fetish people, if you like younger women/men; good for you. If you like them big, small, short or tall; good for you. If you like them buff or athletic, funny or quite, aggressive or passive; good for you. Why can’t he/she like their fruits more ripe than you?

So what do YOU think? Do you agree with what
He said or with what She said or both? Have your say on the Topic of the Week by leaving a comment below!

Dr3 & Sammy-Jo




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Happy Birthday Zach!

by Samantha Clarke


It's your day!

I feel so lucky to have such a special little brother. You're funny, smart, hard working, patient, thoughtful, and so very stylish. I can't believe you're 18! I want you to know that I'm very proud of the person you have grown up to be and appreciate everything you do. My wish for you this year is to set your goals high because the sky is the limit!

Love you bro!

xoxo,
Sam

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Her Find: Salsa dancer Sandra Cuevas for Gatorade

Sunday, August 30, 2009 by Samantha Clarke

Have you guys seen this commercial with Serena Williams and the salsa dancer?


I love it!

With Serena Williams being such a popular athlete, I've heard her and Venus' story growing up in the infamous Compton area before. The story is one of hard work and triumph in the face of adversity. The dancer in the commercial however, is a completely new face that I've never seen before. I did some research and came across this video.



Her story is a total inspiration to every person with a goal- big or small. Setbacks don't have to deter you from whatever it is you want to do.

Stay motivated people!


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Her Passion: Beach Nationals 2009 @ Woodbine Beach, Ashbridges Bay

Saturday, August 29, 2009 by Samantha Clarke

Our walk down the boardwalk turned into this...




























*sigh*
I really really love volleyball.

Happiness,
SJ


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Her Find: MJB ft. Drake - The One

by Samantha Clarke

Watch this video NOW! It's a feel good track, makes you wanna dance and Mary looks FABULOUS!



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Her Thoughts: Back up your work!

by Samantha Clarke


If it could happen to Carrie of Sex and the City, it could happen to you!

I'm hoping every single person that uses a computer backs up their work. For those that don't, read on! A lot of times we assume that our computers and tiny flash drives will remain functional and that we'll never need an extra copy of something, but it just isn't true. I hope my story can help reinforce how important this is.

A backup is exactly what the word implies- a plan B in case plan A falls through. Students and professionals alike are constantly saving important documents a lot of the time without thinking of the need for a second copy. I am guilty of this and had to pay the price recently.

This past spring, I spent several hours searching for a document. Not just any document; it was my senior thesis paper. If you're unsure, this is one of the most important projects a university student will have to complete. I spent a full school year researching and writing my paper. I spent several hours in my prof's office trying to get it right for graduation that spring. I used a flash drive and carried it everywhere with me after my laptop died. With graduation around the corner, all I could think about was partying and skipping across that stage.

Once I completed that paper and received my grade, I think I folded it and threw it in the air. Little did I know I would need this piece of work again. My applications to graduate school required a writing sample, preferably a senior thesis paper. I spent several weeks trying to locate the paper, while deadlines quickly approached. I completely forgot that I didn't use my laptop back then, but still had the hard-drive removed from it to try and recover the data. To my dismay, my project wasn't there. Nor could I locate the crumpled hard copy. I even considered rewriting it (impossible!). What was even more scary was that I couldn't find ANY papers or projects I completed. *shakes head* What was I thinking!?

I was lucky. I located my flash drive just in time and finally learned my lesson. The stress I went through was totally unnecessary! I should have backed it up somewhere. And to be even more safe, I should have backed up my backups!

The options are endless. Investing in an external hard drive is a good idea, however it shouldn't be your only storage place. These can fail. Flash drives fail too. It doesn't cost anything to have an online storage account or email important documents to yourself for storage. Dr3 introduced me to Adrive.com which gives you 50 free GB of space. I absolutely refuse to let it happen again, especially with grad school around the corner.

Have you ever lost some important documents? Do you back up your work on a regular basis? Let me hear your story right here. Smileys




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Her Passion is Photography

Friday, August 28, 2009 by Samantha Clarke

Micah


I think I got the most gorgeous shots of my homegirl a couple days ago. We jumped on the sweet weather while it lasted, a MUST; you never know what the forecast has in store. It's days like these that make me excited to whip out my camera.

Mics, thanks for bringing me on this project.

Here are a few gems I want to share. Feel free to comment as this is my first time officially using my new favorite accessory. Stay tuned for more to come!Smileys






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His Return?

by Dr3


Well my blogging hiatus is over.

It's been a while, and I've left Sammy-Jo hanging for way too long(she really hasn't missed me though it seems...maaaddddd posting and good stuff too if I may say so in my absence, but who can blame her?). Anyway, as she mentioned, we have both began new adventures at taking our lives to new levels. New challenges, new problems, new solutions, but same old Dr3 and Sammy-Jo..RIGHT?

Sorries are in order....to those that used to swing by to critique or support our topic of the week, I'm sorry because I robbed you of that little joy. To Sammy...forgive me?

I'm back....

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Her Find: Female-rapper turned doctor

by Samantha Clarke

One of the first successful females in hip-hop, Roxanne Shante earned an Ivy League doctorate degree from Cornell after losing out on her royalty checks in a faulty record deal.




"This is a story that needs to be told," Shante said. "I'm an example that you can be a teenage mom, come from the projects, and be raised by a single parent, and you can still come out of it a doctor."







With little to no choices Shante was not taking no for an answer. Read more of her inspirational story here.


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Upgrade!

Thursday, August 27, 2009 by Samantha Clarke



It's official. We've moved to the next level. Another rung on the ladder something or other... My professor even said, and I quote: "We may make a political scientist out of you yet!" (which is very close to rocket science IMO)

Fall 2009 is the first semester of both Dr3 and my post graduate studies. Yes, we've been blessed by God Almighty with the gifts and the guts to DO IT.

The gifts given have little to do with it though. I've found the guts which include persistence, motivation, hard work, diligence, with a dash of SUPPORT can make all the difference. I ask that each and everyone that is reading these words PRAY FOR US.


Thanks!

Also the inevitable has finally taken place. Those that are closest to me know that my photo obsession is one that I've been plagued with for quite some time now. The few that couldn’t stand it have come around and have learned to accept it. Since none of my loved ones have tried to intervene, I've decided to see how far I can go with my picture taking. I have upgraded my equipment from this camera to this one and I feel like it's time to see what I'm capable of. Plainly, I'm building my portfolio in hopes that I'll be able to have a strong set of photos that characterize me as a photographer.

Wow. There, I said it. I'm nervous, but I feel like I can't lose. I enjoy photography so much that I can live with having one fan. I really just want to learn as much as I can from as many people as I can.

Keep swinging by TheOnlyNumber as I will use the blog to post my favorites and of course to get your opinions. You can subscribe by clicking the SUBSCRIBE link below or filling your email address in the box on the right hand panel. I'll post these with the header "Her Passion" along with my pictures and some info about how the shoot went down or what inspired me to take the photos. Your comments are so very welcome.

ps. My laptop is in tip top shape. No more cracked LCD for me! (which was apparently toxic as the black oozing out was mercury)



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Her Thoughts: The Lion of the Senate, Ted Kennedy dies

Wednesday, August 26, 2009 by Samantha Clarke


The Massachusetts Democratic Senator passed away yesterday of brain cancer. He's affected the lives of all Americans as over 300 bills that he wrote were enacted into law including the Comprehensive Anti-Apartheid Act of 1986 and Civil Rights Act of 1991. Learn more about Ted Kennedy here.

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Her Thoughts: Remembering Aaliyah today

Tuesday, August 25, 2009 by Samantha Clarke



My favorite video by Aaliyah who passed away 8 years ago today.

SJ

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Her Review: The Harder They Come @ The Canon Theatre

Sunday, August 23, 2009 by Samantha Clarke



I'm so glad I was able to see The Harder They Come while it was here in Toronto. As a Canadian with Jamaican heritage it was refreshing to see a such an iconic story brought to life on stage. My mom and I had a great time at the show. Never before have I felt so involved with what was going on on stage.

Before it all started the cast included the audience as they were filing into their seats. While staying in character, the actors spoke and introduced themselves- a pleasant experience for most I'm sure. Some of the cast were on stage singing and dancing as they celebrated the life of the hero, Ivanhoe Martin. Then at intermission one of the characters announced we had a 15 minute ganja break. Ha-ha! (not literally of course) The ending was another array of songs and the audience then stood and sang and danced along. I've never experienced anything like it in a theater.











I didn't get the chance to watch the famous film starring reggae great Jimmy Cliff prior to attending the play to be able to compare the two, but I hope to watch it soon.

If this play makes it to a city near you I strongly suggest you attend.

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