Must Visit Ohio: The West Side Market

 The West Side Market is so much a part of Cleveland’s landscape that I am always shocked to find native Clevelanders that haven’t visited.

The West Side Market has 2 sides, on one side there is fresh produce and on the other meats, pastries, perogies (a nod to Cleveland’s Polish population) and prepared foods.

The food and people are so diverse that you can make a day of people watching. The market also allows the sampling of foods so that you don’t necessarily have to commit if it isn’t appealing to your taste buds.

What lead me to the West Side Market this time is that it’s been about 2 months since I’ve eaten meat and I was feeling tempted so I went to the market determined to find an interesting variety of vegetables and it didn’t disappoint.

I ate a Jicama (which is a Mexican yam bean that proports to help prevent cancer), cactus and mango salad, that because of the acidic base I’d suggest eating as a dip or pairing with sharp cheese. Still it was a taste adventure.

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The architecture is simply amazing.

Next time you’re in the neighborhood, come on down to the Market.

The schedule: CLOSED: The West Side Market is closed on the “T” days as my mom used to say.

OPEN: Monday and Wednesday 7 am – 4 pm; Thurday and Friday 7 am – 6 pm and Saturday and Sunday 12 pm – 6 pm

NOTE: There is now a parking fee which hasn’t always been present but the first 2 hours are free!

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Interview with Ohio’s Own Actress- Heather Rich

Lights, Camera, Action

When I asked to interview Heather Rich, I had no idea that she is a somewhat seasoned actress that is very compelling while at work.

Heather Rich has come up against many obstacles that she has overcome, but has shattered stereotypes along the way. She grew up in a single parent household in which she is 1 of 4. Her mother always worked 3 jobs to care for the family and battled stage 4 cancer. Can you imagine the responsibilities that came along with that as a young child? Still Heather persevered.

I was pleasantly surprised to learn that Heather began exploring theater while in the 5th grade and won the lead role as Peter Pan! Her determination has lead her to act in at least 8 roles, the most current role as “Lyric” of the stage play and movie “Jason’s Lyric; In addition she is also seen in the YouTube series “Upstairs”  Episode 102 around mark 06:20. The role is charming, romantic and we get to see her act vulnerably as well. I couldn’t stop smiling.

To contact Heather you can reach her here on FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM and watch her work on YOUTUBE.

Heather so graciously answered my interview questions:

Q1: How do you prepare for roles:

A: I turn all of my lines into a song; for character development I study the person I am assigned to emulate their voice, movement and style.

Q2: What kind of actor would you describe yourself as:

A: Well rounded, emotional

Q3: Is the competition for roles high in Ohio?

A: Very high, competition is good, makes a person better, and want to work harder.

Heather does not currently have an agent but is open to representation.

 

Must Visit: Severance Hall

Visiting Severance Hall is a culturally enriching and enlightening experience.

It is a beautifully constructed building in the inside as well as the outside. It boasts marble floors and limestone construction. It is also home to the world renowned Cleveland Orchestra which plays and pays homage to classical composers such as Brahms, Beethoven and Suk. Magnificent! The architectural influences are art deco with a nod to Egyptian culture.

Seating: Severance Hall is a visually appealing experience wherever one may choose to sit. ( I was worried about that since I like to see the passion in a musicians eyes.)

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Dress Code: There is no dress code, many patrons dress down but on my recent visit I decided to make it an experience and go on the formal side simply because I love an excuse to get dolled up and wear a beautiful clutch.

Severance Hall’s address is 11001 Euclid Ave. Cleveland, Ohio 44106. Click here for concert times and dates.

 

Take a date, they’ll appreciate the gesture.

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Interview with Ohio’s Own; The Hair Junky- Brianna Pinkkk

Watch the throne.

At the tender age of 19, @Brianna_Pinkkk is a force to be reckoned with in the beauty industry. Along with her natural talents she is business savvy as well.

Brianna is a licensed beautician and is responsible for having launched her own hair care collection called “The Hair Junky Collection” which specializes in a range of products such as shampoos, conditioners,  growth oils and many more tailored to promote hair growth. In addition, her salon, synonymous with her brand, is called “The Hair Junky Studio” and there is where she styles, constructs units for clients (wigs),carries virgin and raw hair bundles, and manages to teach 1 on 1 classes. WHEW! She is a busy woman!

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I myself came into contact with Brianna_Pinkkk’s work through one of her clients that wears her wigs. The wig was so flawless and beautifully constructed that I asked the client to direct me to her Instagram page.

You can get your hair styled here:

17325 Euclid Ave, East Cleveland, Ohio 44112

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Learn a little more about Brianna_Pinkkk through  my interview:

Q1: When did you realize that styling hair was your passion?

A. “The desire was always there at a really young age. I realized that no other field would satisfy me so I pursued my dream.”

Q2: How does it make you feel when a client is satisfied with their results?

A. “I love it, one of the best feelings is a satisfied client.”

Q3: What are your top 3 strengths as a stylist?

A. “Healthy hair care, creating wigs and protective styles, marketing my brand.”

Q4: What’s next for The Hair Junky?

 Growing and expanding my business. I definitely have more in store for the future!

And we will all be watching.

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Tupac Pens DISS letter to MAJOR hip hop stars

Tupac Shakur/ Makaveli was on one with this letter.

The handwritten lyrics meant as a precursor to his album entitled Makaveli “Kilimunati” The 7 Day Theory is currently up for auction for the first time and was controversially sold by a close family member. It’s safe to say the jabs are personal.

In the at least 20 year old letter he disses Puffy a.k.a P. Diddy, Faith Evans, Jay Z, Wendy Williams and Biggie to name a few.

It’s hardcore. Tupac refers to it as “Wartime”; I think the letter is cringeworthy seeing as Tupac isn’t alive to defend himself. What are your thoughts?

READ THE LETTER/LYRICS BELOW:

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Interview with Ohio’s Philanthropist – Tawanda Angela

Tawanda Angela @angela_watchesovrme has figured out her mission.

While taking care of a family, being a student, and donating, Tawanda Angela is focused on improving the lives of others through philanthropy.

One of her goals has always been to give back to the community. In fact, she has organized an event in which she is using her own time and resources to make bag lunches for children in the Buckeye area. The date of this event is Saturday April 14th., eventually Tawanda would like to extend her hospitality to battered women and children by giving them personal products for hygiene. What a beautiful spirit and heart full of love that benefits the Cleveland area!

UPDATE DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER THE EVENT IS BEING MOVED TO FRIDAY APRIL 13TH. THAT SHOULDN’T STOP YOU FROM DONATING!

You too can extend your love by donating.

Get to know Tawanda a little better with her answers to my interview questions:

Q1: Who is the most influential person in your life?

A: Tawanda Angela cites her older sister because of her tenacity and family structure.

Q2. How do you balance family and school while still having time to organize a drive?

 For this budding philantrophist God, and family helps her to have a clear mind.

Q3. Encouraging words to offer the youth?

A: “Take nothing for granted because anyone or anything could be taken away, stay determined and give back.”

Q4. What can others donate to improve the outcome of the event?

A: Money.

Find out the times and dates of her drive, also feel free to donate by following her INSTAGRAM @angela_watchesovrme or @tee_angela984

Wearing You. #poetry #labelmeposh

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A Poem

Wearing you is comfort, the feel, the caress, the soft touch makes me feel as though you love only me.

Wearing you takes me to a place that is uncommon to go, the sensuality of your touch makes me long for more.

You glide on my skin, manipulating the crevices inch by inch, for there is nothing comparable.

My spirits are lifted when you cling to me, hugging me ever so gently as when a husband explores the curves of his wife with his fingertips.

I love to wear you silk.

xoxo,

Label Me Posh by Kanesha Nikia

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