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ON THE LUX SCENE Out and about on Atlanta’s social scene

10 THE BEST OF LUX Our favorite Atlantans, places and things

14 LUX MARKET WATCH Our ultimate LUX gift guide

16 THE LUX LIST 2013 Celebrating the LUX leaders of STYLE, CULTURE and COMMUNITY

30 ELLE EVANS An all-American power girl

40 LUX ESSENTIALS Coats, scarves and more

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41 LUX DESTINATIONS ’Staycations’ for fall days

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42 LUX PULSE Breast Cancer What every man should know

44 THE URBAN LUX INSIDER The all-new Acura RLX

45 URBAN LUX ON THE GO Southern Hospitality

46 LUX LUV Brotherly love with Verron Haynes

47 DIVERSITY CORNER Create a cultural melting pot

48 LUX ECONOMY Maximize your tax opportunity now

50 ASK DR. RON Real questions. Real answers

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LENTHEUS CHANEY Publisher/Editor-in-Chief CLORISSA X. WRIGHT Managing Editor & Writer DENNIS MALCOLM BYRON Lifestyle Editor CLYDE ANDERSON Finance Editor MONICA COMPTON Travel Editor KENNY J. GRACE Community Features Editor CARLTON POWELL Diversity & Copy Editor

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EDITOR’S NOTE

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t’s that time of year again. The autumn landscape makes a majestic entrance as leaves change color, temperatures drop and summer makes a graceful exit.

We all gear up for festivities with anticipation of family get-togethers as the holidays offer welcoming warmth to the briskness of the season. The 2013 fall issue of Urban Lux once again celebrates leaders in the areas of Style, Culture and Community. We profiled five leaders who are making strides; Cynthia Bailey, Jessica Dauler, Kinnik Sky, Coy Wire and Kwanza Hall. Find out why they are THE LUX LIST 2013 honorees, page 16. Gracing our cover this issue is model, actress and visionary Elle Evans. She opens up about family life, blurred lines and living her dream, page 30. Breast Cancer awareness is currently on the minds of many. Rarely is there a focus on the effects this dreadful disease has on men. We asked Bob Devito to bare all and share his very personal story of survival, page 42. We also had a one-on-one conversation with pro-athlete Verron Haynes about losing his sister to breast cancer and how he gives back, page 46. Fall demands an update to your wardrobe and skin regimens, so we give you details on selecting the perfect coat, scarf and skin care products, page 40.

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We also share with you the right way to do a fall staycay, page 41. There is much more for you to explore in this issue including our ultimate gift guide, pg 14, and our favorite Atlantans, places and things. We shopped, tasted, visited, and decided that you must experience our top 8 BEST OF LUX, page 10. And be sure to check out our LUX Insider Dennis Malcolm Byron, aka craft beer connoisseur Ale Sharpton, on page 44, as he gives you a review on the 2014 Acura RLX. Enjoy the season and the rest of your year! LENTHEUS CHANEY EDITOR IN CHIEF - @urbanluxmag

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CONTRIBUTORS

Tia Aikens is a 21st Century Muse, who has always embodied the arts. She has served as a source of knowledge, wisdom, and understanding for many. Her progression through the arts has led her to currently release inspiration through writing. Tia’s mission is to always inspire individuals to do their best and live their Truth. @sungoddess7

Brittney Hood, originally from Atlanta, has a Bachelor’s in English and a Master’s in Journalism and Public Affairs. She keeps herself busy writing her thoughts on her Blogazine. She believes her writing is comfort food for her readers, and says that she is a woman who isn’t afraid to dream, just because she had a nightmare. BrittneyHood.com

Amelia Pavlik is a freelance writer and editor — with a weakness for all things fitness and wellness. Her “spare” time is spent writing about a range of lifestyle topics for regional and national magazines, teaching everything from cycling to resistance training classes, and trying out the latest spa treatments and boutique fitness classes for her weekly blog. Learn more about her editorial and fitness experience at fitbelle.com. @fitbelleatl

Save a life. Don’t Drive HoMe buzzeD. BUZZED DRIVING IS DRUNK DRIVING. URBANLUX

Shantay Robinson is an Atlanta based writer and blogger. After receiving an MFA in Writing from SCAD Atlanta, she started an arts and culture blog called The Third Eye Site. Her focus is on the arts, so interviewing the talented Kinnik Sky for this issue was a real honor.

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URBAN LUX SUMMER 2013 ISSUE RELEASE July 11, 2013 - Held in Buckhead and doubling as the grand opening for Icebox Cryotherapy, #BuckheadOnIce was a cool event amidst the Atlanta summer sun. With wall-to-wall guests ranging from professional singers and athletes to entrepreneurs and fitness pros-this night was filled with laughter, toasts, great music, networking and more. Guests enjoyed complimentary magazines, exotic cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, participated in raffles--and even indulged in some on-the-spot refreshing cryotherapy. - Photots by: Robin

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THE 2014 PORSCHE PANAMERA LAUNCH September 17, 2013 - In true luxurious style, Jim Ellis Porsche unveiled the 2014 Panamera model. This invite-only launch held at The Estate turned out Atlanta’s tastemakers and trendsetters. Holding the title of “Best Interior Of The Year” by Wards Auto, this 7-speed, sport sedan left an awe-filled impact on prospective buyers. Guests enjoyed top-notch catered food, signature Patron cocktails and up close and personal sit-in tours of each model. With more than 40 years of committed service in Atlanta, Jim Ellis holds up their motto, “Expect the Best.” - Photots by: Rose Limb

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he great city of Atlanta, Georgia continues to blossom and for good reason. Its cherished natives and constant flow of visitors from around the world need to stay stimulated with new cuisine to indulge in, places to explore, and people to connect with. Well to remedy any indecisiveness on what your itinerary should include due to the plethora of offerings Georgia’s capital has in store, Urban Lux provides a few “musts” to check off

the list, ranging from the city’s best burger to wreck your diet, to a DJ who makes it impossible to stay still. And don’t get it confused, there are many opinions and no wrong answers, but there are certainly right ones, and we stand firm on these awardees. We hope you will too. And with that, we have our BEST OF LUX 2013 picks. Enjoy!

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BEST EVENING NEWS ANCHOR

BEST VENUE

Atlantans were introduced to DeMarco Morgan in 2012 on the renowned 11 Alive station. Every weeknight, this cuttingedge journalist delivers the evening news at 6pm followed by the nightly news at 11pm. With a personality diverse enough to manage stories filled with controversy (Trayvon Martin’s shooting) and others that tug at the heartstrings (public calls to action for HIV/AIDS), Mr. Morgan continues to raise the bar on newsworthy causes. His award-winning credentials and unquestionable work ethic makes him the perfect candidate for Atlanta’s go-to news man. - Photo: Will Sterling

Voted “Best Of” by Atlanta Bridal three years in a row, Le Fais Do Do is more than just another event space. With French inspired décor reminiscent of authentic New Orleans, this warm and welcoming space rivals the likes of any highend wedding venue or any posh, trendy party space. Budget friendly, conveniently located and user-friendly parking are just a few great amenities in store for prospective patrons. This family owned business is one you’ve got to see to believe how awesome it truly is.

BEST MIXOLOGIST

BEST DJ

Reginald E. Weekes IV - The skill of creating crafty cocktails has become so respected, the typical “bartender” label has been replaced with the more sexy “mixologist” title; Reginald E. Weekes IV is the epitome. Originally from New York, Weekes has provided his mixing expertise to everyone from Sean “Diddy” Combs and his Ciroc brand, to being Smirnoff’s official recipe author for 29 different cocktails. He is now manning the libations and shakers at the renowned Serpas restaurant in Old Fourth Ward, and winning competitions regularly with his signature drink, The Church Lady, and other liquid masterpieces. He is also a blogger (HudsonReginald. com), author, film director, and proud father. We propose a toast to Reggie!

DJ Kemit - Sure, anyone can have a thousand songs on their iPod, plug into a speaker and call themselves a DJ, but there is only one DJ Kemit. This legendary body mover, producer and executive has kept Atlanta dancing from his mixing of eclectic, upbeat grooves during concerts, events (Harmony In Life, Spread Love, Soul Makossa), art shows (Penny Candy) and albums for more than 20 years. From spinning everything from house to hip hop, afrobeat, salsa and even rock, let’s hope Kemit keeps Georgia’s capital sweating for another two decades.

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BEST HOTEL

BEST BURGER

Loews Atlanta Hotel - Ever since Loews Atlanta Hotel’s luxurious mixed-use hotel and residential tower laced the Midtown skyline in 2010, it has been the prime destination for celebrities like actor John Hamm, stellar exhibits by globally renowned artists including Chicago’s Hebru Brantley, the pampering Exhale Spa, award-winning Master Chef Olivier Gaupin’s culinary expertise at eleven Restaurant located in the stunning lobby, and, yes, a Starbuck’s Coffee. Along with all of its amenities, plus the art museums, restaurants, and nightclubs just outside its doors, it only makes sense all of Loews’ 414 guest rooms and suites are in constant demand. Keep an eye on Loews Atlanta because they have major plans for 2014.

Down south, beef is big and making a great hamburger is the ultimate goal of any dining destination who cares about culinary clout. After numerous bites, the famous Holeman & Finch Public House burger which is served only after 10 p.m. in limited count (24) except for Sundays, wins over Urban Lux this year. The competition was fierce, but the lines of diners who camp out at this Brookwood Hills location are justified. H&F’s double cheeseburger served on house made buns, hand-cut fries, and a side of ketchup, mustard and pickles (also made in-house) is serious business. Even Turner Field has jumped on board during Braves games, consistently selling out of these Atlanta edible gems.

BEST FIRST DATE SPOT

BEST TRANSPORTATION

There is your typical restaurant outing, the movies or grabbing a dessert, but why not have a ball literally? Thanks to the introduction of a new concept called Brunswick’s, there are two all-new bowling venues (Marietta and Norcross, GA) that provide 40,000-square-feet of posh accommodations, boasting leather sofa seating, polite staff serving gourmet cuisine from Tavern ’45 (fresh grilled salmon or handstretched pizza anyone?), an array of craft beers and cocktails, gaming, and up to 40 lanes guaranteeing a second date.

Calling a cab is one thing, but when you can simply go to your Android or iPhone, hit the UBER app, find out where their swanky automobiles are located, and book one without any paper transactions (emailed receipts and cashless), the future has arrived. UBER, who entered the Atlanta market last year, has revolutionized the taxi industry with their convenience, super clean and luxurious “black cars” and SUVs, courteous service, and texting to announce their arrival. Now adding the more modest uberX line of autos, we have the option to get to our destinations for cheap, minus the bells and whistles, but the service and hi-tech advancements remain the same.

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NOT YOUR LAST MINUTE ULTIMATE GIFT GUIDE

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Chef-up pain free!

In order to combat the sore back and feet problems that have been endured while standing in front of stoves for years during his stellar culinary career, “Top Chef” alum and celebrated Chef Fabio Viviani has launched his attractive line of Comfort Mats by Smart Step Home. Handsomely decorated in various styles, these top quality cushioned mats are designed specifically to relieve any aspiring chef’s limbs and vertebrae and are protected for a guaranteed seven years thanks to SmartTech™ polyurethane, and are easy to maintain. Ultimately, they will have you smiling in the kitchen before, during, and after you showcase your skills with the pots and pans. Fabio Viviani Comfort Mats - $99; SmartStepHome.com

‘Love of Beer’

This list wouldn’t be complete without including something extraordinary regarding beer, right? Well let’s pair the top beer from America’s largest craft brewer, Samuel Adams’ Boston Lager, with their “TCHO’s Love of Beer Chocolate Box” containing a dozen 8g Pure Notes Dark “Chocolatey” bars complete with detailed pairing notes. Just grab a six-pack of the Lager and show taste buds how awesome hops, malt and cocoa complement each other perfectly. Samuel Adams ‘Love of Beer’ Chocolate Box - $16.99; TCHO.com/SamuelAdams

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Pass the Courvoisier

It’s no secret that people love to get their sip on during the holidays, so why not bring one of the most distinguished labels to the party gift-wrapped and ready for pouring? The all-new Courvoisier Gold is an exquisite cognac blended with Moscato wine from the South of France, exhibiting “intense notes of Moscato grapes, pear, peach and florals with a touch of orange blossom,” according to their tasting experts. At 36 proof, and lovely on the rocks, we’ll drink to that! Courvoisier Gold - $24.99; courvoisier.com/us/

It’s about time!

With balling celebrities like Kobe Bryant, Dwayne Wade and lightning fast Usain Bolt rocking these swanky Swiss watches by Hublot, they must be no joke. Boasting extraordinary materials even counterfeiters wouldn’t dare imitate titanium, ceramic, gold, python and the signature rubber strap originated in 1980. Hublot has both ladies and gents saving up to one day to embellish their wrists with these big timers that can cost up to a cool $5 million. Their Ferrari edition is a showstopper by the way. Hublot Swiss Luxury Watches Big Bang Fluo Pink; - $24,900 Big Bang UNICO 45 Gold Ceramic; - $40,100 Hublot.com

Fraud Prevention

Unfortunately, theft is becoming increasingly hi-tech, so combat wrongdoers who specialize in electronic pickpocketing by getting a stainless steel Zippo Metal Wallet. It’s not only flexible for toting ease, but boasts effective prevention from identity theft, credit card readings, and payment fraud. For a personal touch, get it engraved to truly show how much you care about that special someone. Zippo Metal Wallet - $49.99; zippo.com

Class in a bag!

Anything flossing the name “Bentley” has to symbolize extravagance, and the same goes for their new handbag collection that will undoubtedly have the ladies drooling at first site. The world renowned English carmaker has two limited edition, handcrafted versions—the Continental and Barnato (pictured)—which boast the finest calfskin, designer clasps, and personalized plaques with individual model numbers. Bentley Luxury Handbag Collection - $5,500 - $7,000; Bentleymotors.com

Tokyoflash

Not all eye-popping wristwatches have to require you to win the lottery. Ranging between $100 and $200, Japan’s Tokyoflash watches are not only space-age, but use various methods of telling time. It may take a minute or so, but once you grasp the trippy ways they defy the norm, you will be proud to be the only one with a watch like this. Their latest edition is the Kisai Maru Wood Watch made with two versions of genuine tree flesh—Sandalwood and maple— is simply gorgeous. Tokyoflash Watches - $100 - $200; Tokyoflash.com/

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CYNTHIA BAILEY AGELESS BEAUTY, TIMELESS ICON

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very little girl has huge dreams about dollhouses, their weddings, gorgeous dresses, makeup and of course gracing the runways. For some girls these dreams remain thoughts, but for Cynthia, it is her reality and has been since she was 18-years old. Starting out in New York City, she began making her mark as soon as she hit the ground. Gracing two covers of Essence and the pages of Vogue, Glamour and Vanity Fair was just the tip of the iceberg for this legend in the making. With other lifelong accomplishments, like earning monumental super model status via countless runway struts at Fashion Week, acting, motherhood and entrepreneurship. It is safe to say that this original southern bell has taken the world by storm and has no plans to slow down. Living in New York for most of her life, moving to Atlanta five years ago was a pivotal point in her life. Meeting her husband, businessman Peter Thomas, was the primary reason for relocation but she did not waste any time scoping out the scenery for new opportunities. As she looked for ways to spread her wings, she joined the cast of the hit Bravo TV series, Real Housewives of Atlanta as a levelheaded, businesswoman, loyal friend and peacemaker. After several successful seasons under her belt, she expanded once again into the world of becoming a CEO.

confesses that if she had not been a model she would have pursued a career as a professional makeup artist. A peek into this fashionista’s closet, Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein and Donna Karan are amongst her favorite designers because of their timeless designs. They capture her preferred modest yet classy style. When she is not busy with the day-to-day operations of her business and television show, (vowing that family comes first) Cynthia spends time with her teenage daughter and husband. She also supports several charities that aid in research for HIV/AIDS, cancer, the prevention of homelessness, and bullying. In addition to being adored by her fans, she is also respected by her peers. Starring in Jaheim’s, “Age Ain’t a Factor” music video with Vivica Fox and Lisa Raye, at 46 years old, Cynthia has cemented her place in the entertainment and fashion industries as an elegant woman with timeless beauty. For more information on Cynthia or the Bailey Agency visit cynthiabailey.com. - Clorissa X. Wright “To have longevity in any career you have to be healthy. You can’t build an empire if you are sick. I owe my newfound lease on health to Genovive.” -Cynthia Bailey

Grateful for her journey she hopes to continue inspiring others through her Atlanta based school, The Bailey Agency School of Fashion (TBA). Since its inception in 2012, this school has provided authentic, full-service modeling and fashion training to enrolled students-right in the heart of Georgia’s capitol. Holding very high expectations for TBA, she plans to put Atlanta on a national level to be respected in fashion like New York. Her daughter Noelle following in her footsteps… “I would support my daughter in any career choice that she is passionate about. I would love for her to have a career in fashion.” Always having a love for the beauty industry, she

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Before there was a daily deal website or YouTube review video, there was an online go-to for the everyday consumer on the hunt for ways to stretch dollars. In 2004, Jessica created jessicashops.com with the hopes of sharing her “finds” with readers, listeners and followers. It is a one-stop-shop for people wanting to stay in “the know” about the latest trends, happenings and deals on their favorite products, services, dining and travel. Raised an only child in Hawaii and Arizona, this savvy shopper and deal expert doubles as a businesswoman, radio personality, blogger, journalist and event host. Her experience as a bargain shopper began as a child, when her mother gave her an allowance to shop for “free dress” clothing to wear on days outside of private school attire. With a strict budget in tow, young Jessica would set out on a mission to get the max out of her dollars, and seem to accomplish it with ease. After nearly 10 years in business, she is still going strong becoming Atlanta’s woman of choice for consumer advice. She is a regular on CBS Atlanta and Better Mornings and has also been seen on the Travel Channel, CNN and other media outlets nationwide. When Jessica has the time, she delights herself in great travel or dining experiences. At heart she is a foodie who believes wholeheartedly in a worthy culinary experience.

‘I LOVE TO SHOP AND I LOVE A BARGAIN.’ - JESSICA DAULER

When Jessica is not on the hunt for good buys, you can find her giving love to animals in need. She actively participates with Atlanta’s animal charities and advocates for their wellness--she even has a fur kid of her own; her dog’s name is Sasha. If you are into the latest trends and want to be cost-conscious, visit jessicashops.com. The website is a frugal shopper’s haven where the motto is “Savings is always in style”. For your weekly dose of style on a budget, sign up for the weekly newsletter online, and each Friday from 8:30 – 9:00 a.m. tune in to Star 94 and CBS Atlanta Mornings for more of Jessica and her expert shopping advice. - Clorissa X. Wright

Her take on cheap shoppers vs. savvy consumers: “Cheap shoppers just buy things because they are inexpensive, they don’t shop with quality in mind. Savvy consumers make informed purchases with style and usability in mind.” Tips from the expert: DO: Utilize sites that offer a percentage back on purchases made online (like ebates.com) DO: Always do an internet search for the items you want to purchase in order to check average pricing, even if you are in a store shopping. DON’T: Buy things that are “final sale.” Things are always different when you get them outside of the store. Unless it is a mandatory or one-of-a-kind item, try avoiding those types of buys. DON’T: Impulse buy! This helps to cut down on unnecessary purchases and buyer’s remorse. URBANLUX

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here were not many opportunities for Kinnik Sky to shine Her take on her writing debut becoming a hit? in her hometown of Columbia, South Carolina, but that “If someone would have told me it would be for something that I did not stop her. wrote myself, I would have said yeah, right...get out of here. The fact that I won as an actress for something that I wrote for myself is over When she didn’t get the lead role in her second grade play, she still the top.” buckled down and learned all the lines. And when “the little redheaded girl” that her teachers chose to play the lead got stage fright, Sky reveals that she always knew she was destined to do great the ever-confident, always prepared Sky stepped in. She performed things and possibly be recognized for them, but she’s surprised to be so well that her teachers recognized her with every second grader’s recognized so highly for her newly found talent. favorite reward--candy. It was then that she knew this was her calling. She continued into junior high being accepted into performing arts Sunday Mourning is about a woman named Sunday who loses school and though her parents could not afford tuition, her talent herself in a relationship with a man who ultimately betrays her. impeccable as it was provided an avenue for her to attend as long as It isn’t until the betrayal and through her mourning that Sunday discovers who she was created to be. Sky says, “There are a lot of her parents could provide transportation. messages [in the play] but the main thing is to fight for your dreams. After years of perfecting her craft and moving to Atlanta, Sky nabbed We go through so much in this life and in this world just trying to stage time in plays by notable playwrights and even became a finalist make it and survive that sometimes people get so caught up that they on American Idol along the way. forget the fact that they were created for a purpose.” During her travels she became acquainted with a promoter who was looking for fresh, new plays to add to his agenda and looked to her to point him in the right direction. Sky, not being one to let an opportunity pass her by, went home and in four days wrote the play, Sunday Mourning and submitted it with the anticipation of being well received by the promoter. Weeks passed without a word. A small defeat she accepted, but not one that would keep her down. Having penned a worthy work of art, she moved forward in the dual role as an actress/playwright. Spending time in Los Angeles and meeting influential people in the industry, with a “now or never” mentality, she took a chance and asked her peers if they would be interested in starring in her play and not one of them turned her down. “Thank God, they trusted me without even reading the script,” she said.

Although Sky’s purpose is based in entertainment, she wants her audience to realize their purpose, whether it’s being a caretaker or a lawyer. “I don’t pigeon hole my work as a gospel play. It’s not that at all. I’m a believer so I can’t help but have that come out in my messages. But my stories are real. These situations really happen to us. It’s not about preaching, it’s about people seeing themselves on that stage in these different circumstances and being able to go home and do something different in their lives.” The vivacious, Kinnik Sky, sees the long road ahead, but is grounded in her faith in God. She stated, “And for me, just my faith and knowing what I’ve gone through to achieve everything keeps me on the ground.”

She says that she is blessed and grateful to have such outstanding and accomplished cast members, which includes her director Keena Sky confesses that she never anticipated being a writer. From the Ferguson, Kaira Akita (Jocas), Rhonda Morman (Stormie), outside looking in, no one would ever be able to tell. However, Juhahn Jones (Chase), Trae Ireland (David), Fred Thomas Jr. following her new passion for writing would reap unforgettable (Christopher), Amber-Tai Hemphill (Jamecia) and Tiffany Snow rewards. (Jamecia). Sunday Mourning with an extremely talented cast was nominated for seven NAACP awards in the categories of Best Playwright, Best Female Lead, Best Male Lead, Best Supporting Female, Best Supporting Male and Best Lighting Design. Sunday Mourning garnered three 2012 NAACP Awards. Kinnik Sky won Best Female Lead. Actress Kaira Akita won Best Supporting Female and actor Juhahn Jones won Best Supporting Male.

Sunday Mourning is scheduled to hit Atlanta’s stages on October 20 at the 14th Street Playhouse. For more information on Sky’s future projects and how to purchase tickets to Sunday Mourning, visit: kinniksky.com - Shantay Robinson

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ith dreams stemming back to a 7 year-old boy in Pennsylvania, he always felt greatness in his bones. In his own words, he lived, slept and breathed football—so it was no surprise when Coy was drafted to the Buffalo Bills at age 23. Raised in a very supportive home with an older sister and a younger brother, Coy’s parents instilled humility, respect and gratitude. Acknowledging that none of us has ever achieved anything on our own, he believes that keeping life lessons and blessings to one’s self is a great injustice. Staying true to that way of life, coywire.com was spawned as a motivation station for people from all walks of life. Showcasing inspiration through several platforms, Wire hopes to enhance readers’ lives and ways of thinking. He says that inspiration, passion and action are the three necessary ingredients for the achievement of our goals. Readers are encouraged to: think of a goal that inspires them, fuel their pursuit of it with passion, and then work tirelessly to achieve it. He also spreads the word via his Facebook—with daily boosts for his followers. Always an inspirer of people, Coy wrote, “Change Your Mind”, a how-to guide full of tips and tactics for young athletes pursuing their goals. What’s happening now? After a mini-golf fundraiser, Coy was approached to become a board member of Make-A-Wish® Georgia in March of 2012. In this role, his hope is to bring awareness to a broader and younger demographic about the needs of children fighting illness. As one of the youngest members on the board, the 34 year-old is on a mission to put the “fun” into fundraising—and shed much needed light on the many children that remain to be helped. In addition to taking on the position at Make-A-Wish®, he is also a Fox Sports college football analyst and CNN contributing correspondent. Due to the extensive studying and preparation, the transition from athlete to commentator can be very difficult; but like everything else in life, he has taken that task by the horns and succeeded. Having experience on the other side of the coin serves as a great advantage to his ability to analyze with an awesome personality and confidence.

‘The only thing constant in the world is change...that’s okay, because I’ve never been content to remain the same.’ - COY WIRE

On staying motivated when things get tough: “Keep purpose in mind. Focusing more on ‘why’ you’re doing something, as opposed to focusing on ‘what’ you’re doing, helps to get you through tough times.” Coy comes from a family of givers. Growing up his parents did annual charitable Christmas parties to benefit underprivileged families. His wife Claire, founder of Claire Wire Interiors, is also heavily involved with the MAW Foundation via the W.I.S.H. Society (Women Inspiring Strength and Hope). In 2013 she fulfilled an interior design “wish” for a young girl whose dream was to have a brand new bedroom. The final result was a dreamy palace fit for a princess. Holding a degree in sociology from Stanford University, Wire feels that it is second nature to work with and help people. Stay tuned to coywire.com for the daily inspiration and up-to-date information. A note from our friends at Make-A-Wish® Georgia Make-A-Wish® grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. The Make-A-Wish mission and message are about the lifeaffirming, hope-giving aspects of the wish experience. According to a 2011 U.S. study of wish impact, most health professionals surveyed believe a wish-come-true can have positive impacts on the health of children. Kids say wishes give them renewed strength to fight their illnesses, and their parents say these experiences help strengthen the entire family. With the help of generous donors and over 30,000 volunteers worldwide, Make-A-Wish grants a wish somewhere in the world every 28 minutes and has granted over 280,000 wishes since its inception in 1980. The Georgia Chapter of Make-A-Wish® has granted over 6,000 wishes locally and has over 600 children waiting for their most heartfelt wishes to come true. To learn more about Make-A-Wish® Georgia, please visit our website at georgia.wish.org, follow us on Twitter @MakeAWishGA and connect with us on Facebook at facebook.com/makeawishga. - Clorissa X. Wright

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KWANZA HALL

he gospel song “Sweep Around You Own Front Door” may be a hit from years ago, but it is also a way of life for native Atlantan and city council member Kwanza Hall.

Being born and raised in Atlanta to respected civil rights activists was just the beginning of a road to success for the District 2 representative. Unlike other public figures, Hall can be seen living, talking, dining and problem solving directly with the people he represents, evidently taking “love thy neighbor” to heart. After peeling back many versatile layers, one would be delighted to learn that his public persona is true to his off-the-clock personality. He prides himself on being an authentic individual, which he attributes to being raised by conscious parents. Even though he left Atlanta for college, he always planned to come back to take care of his “own” and he hasn’t missed a beat. Admitting that even though he was raised in a well-structured home, he was once a “product of his [negative] environment.” Having a first-person experience with temporarily getting off track, Hall is also on a mission to improve the strength of family since it doesn’t seem to be apparent. Being a father of two sons, he has a grasp on the importance of instilling humility, integrity and positive life lessons to children. Always ahead of the curve, he is forecasting greatness for 2014 with increased job creation, growing small businesses, building up the King Historic District and continuous work on the arts and innovation in Midtown. Most importantly, Hall is investing in the youth and families of District 2’s Boulevard corridor as part of his YoBoulevard! initiative. Enforcing public philosophies that led to “unleashing the creativity of their residents,” he and his team are dedicated to growing the economy and uplifting his hometown. With Atlanta being an entertainment Mecca, he believes that along with himself, the veterans of those industries should strive to build the character of the music and entertainment atmosphere surrounding Atlanta’s up and coming. Invaluable lessons on how to use art to express themselves will aide in them being able to have a positive go-to when they are going through rough times.

‘I ALLOW MY LIFE TO BE LED BY THE LORD.’ - KWANZA HALL As an advocate, he embraces his elected role and understands that District 2 must stay vibrant, citizens must support one another and education has to be at the forefront of the campaign toward generational greatness. On running for mayor: “It’s an option but I’m currently focused on District 2; I’m not done here. It’s all about proper timing and it takes a strong team. Preparation is vital and right now, I’m working on my core. If the citizens expressed an interest in me running, that would be stronger motivation.” Avid Hall supporters praise his work ethic and see him as a true conduit. With the hallmark of his work showing through in spite of bureaucracy. During downtime, he enjoys spending time with his wife, their two sons and an occasional bubble tea. To learn more and support Hall’s goals, city plans and efforts, visit kwanzahall.com. - Clorissa X. Wright

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In a small town in Texas once lived a blonde beauty waiting to make her mark on the world. Hailing from the lone star state is Elle Evans, a model, actress and visionary who has arrived. ‘There is something so beautiful about being yourself, it attracts people to you. I believe that people should focus on mastering that. There will always be critics out there waiting to be negative. Be and do what makes you happy.’ -Elle Evans WORKING GIRL . . . ou have to be living under a rock if you have not seen the 5’10’’ bombshell on newsstands, the television or in movies. Her face is everywhere! For those who do not know who she is, she is a ranch-raised, animal loving, 23 year old, born and raised in Paris, Texas. This self-proclaimed small town girl with big dreams is on a mission and she’s not slowing down anytime soon.

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Having lived in Texas, Canada and now California, a day in the life of a young career-driven woman is everything awesome that you would expect. Beautiful clothes, different designers, personal glam squads, VIP treatment and lots of traveling the world. It is also a lot of work, but nothing that this All-American woman cannot handle. Staying true to versatility, she made her latest TV debut in Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” video. Before that, you saw her on MTV featuring in an Axe Apollo commercial and before that, she dominated the beauty pageant world in her home state. Laying a foundation in modeling as a youth, real success did not come until she was living in Toronto and was connected with a prominent agency that led to a job being cast as Marilyn Monroe. Looking at the finished product, it was then that she felt encouraged, validated and amazed at how so much of her passion could be captured in a still shot. She fell in love with the camera and the rest is history! Photo shoots and flights around the world quickly became her lifestyle. Her transition from print and runway to music videos was a breeze. It all started with a call from her agency (in Toronto) to see if she was interested in video appearances. Once she heard whose video it was, she jumped at the opportunity. With an unedited, unfiltered, make-up free iPhone picture, she secured a spot in what would become one of 2013’s most complex and controversial lyrics brought to life visually. Working with industry juggernauts, Robin Thicke, T.I. and Pharrell Williams fueled her to stay on the fringe of societal norms by pushing limits and staying determined to be heard. The completed “Blurred Lines” video has been a topic of complex discussion—sometimes even considered controversial. ~ continued on pg. 38 URBANLUX URBANLUX


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ELLE ON THE ‘BLURRED’ LINES PROJECT: ‘I think that the whole concept is about pushing things to the limit and being daring. Like going to the edge of boundaries and threatening to step on the other side. We broke all the rules!’ FAMILY GIRL . . . Being a middle child in a large family, Elle’s been loved, protected and enveloped in strong family culture her whole life. Amid her 2013 successes, she has had to push through unbearable tragedies. Within this year, she has survived the loss of her beloved grandmother who helped raise her, “Mimi,” her grandfather, “Pop” and a younger cousin. Just two hours after texting back and forth with her “Mimi,” Elle got heartbreaking news that she passed suddenly. Vowing to stay strong, Elle would go on to eulogize her grandmother and surprised even herself with the poise that she held throughout the home-going ceremony. Honor and tribute was also paid to her grandfather “Pop” when shortly after his passing, one of her brothers decided to name his son (Vander) after him. “My family is everything to me! Everyone has always been and remains supportive of me. We all try to do our best at everything—we were raised that way. I live a blessed life—I’m lucky and grateful. I will do whatever it takes to stay grounded and humble.” Having never missed a Christmas with her family, this holiday season she will pack up and head home to spend time with her brothers, sisters, dad and her favorite person in the world, her mother who is a nurse. As a tradition in their large family, everyone agrees on a set amount to spend on one another and gift exchange is filled with Christmas songs by Elvis, lots of love and bonding. Admitting to spoiling her mom and youngest brother, there might be a little something extra in their stockings. GIRL ON THE RISE . . . With so many successful works of art under her belt, it would be hard to choose a highest achievement to date. If she had to make a choice though, she would note an Ace Gallery exhibit in Los Angeles by Samuel Bayer. It featured 10-foot tall pictures of 20 completely nude models—capturing beauty in its most vulnerable state. Expressing deep pride in this display, Elle was empowered even more by the opportunity to be included in such a prestigious exhibit. Having a small part in a documentary that aired at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival is a close second. Still to come this year, an indie (short) movie role in Ruby and the Dragon in which she stars as a newscaster, shooting major magazine covers, more acting gigs and of course jet-setting to Miami and New York to attend major fashion and art events. American beauty Elle Evans is taking the print, runway and television worlds by storm--and she is enjoying every minute of it! - Clorissa X. Wright

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t’s officially fall, and now its time to look good, even if you have on a few extra layers of clothing. Fall is all about accessorizing, whether it’s wearing the perfect belt or the perfect hat to show that you can bring sexy back in any season. You may feel as though your wardrobe is complete, but here are a few items you may want to revaluate so that you can be fall ready.

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Scarves Galore!

The perfect Coat for Him and Her!

Scarves are often overlooked, but they are the simplest and easiest addition to your coat. A scarf can easily turn you from drab to fab in no time, because it instantly gives you a polished look. It can also be the statement piece for your outfit. It doesn’t matter if you’re dressed up or down, scarves can easily turn an ordinary outfit into a fabulous one. The awesome thing about scarves is that you can wear one scarf more than ten ways, so have fun; the possibilities are endless!

It’s easy to spend hours looking for the perfect coat, and that’s perfectly fine. A fall coat is an essential part of anyone’s fall wardrobe, because this coat will do more than keep you warm as the temperature cools down. It’s important that your coat makes a statement because many will see your coat before they see your outfit. A fabulous advantage of picking out the perfect coat is that you may be able to wear it through both, fall and winter.

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• Look for soft, non stiff fabrics • Look for curved lines, they’ll help show your natural curves • Know your shape and choose something that will drape well • Stay away from fabrics like polyester because they won’t keep you warm • Leave extra room so that you can wear those fashionable blazers underneath • Choose a timeless piece so that you can always count on

Remember your jacket is your statement piece; so let it reflect your personality. Play with different textures, patterns, colors and lengths. Try something new, and don’t let anything hold Moisture! Moisture! Moisture! you back this fall! You may be able to get away with not moisturizing during the summer; however, it is very important that you moisturize this fall. As the weather becomes cooler and drier it’s best to use a moisturizer that has a broadspectrum SPF 15 or higher. This will help to hydrate and protect your skin. Here are my top three moisturizers that will give your skin the nourishments it needs so that you can have that summer time glow during the fall months!

Clinique Superdefense SPF 25, $46 Aveeno Positively Radiant SPF 15, $17

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otel rooms with million dollar views, spas that put the “ahh” in Atlanta, and nosh spots that deliver delicious drinks and mouth-watering meals — all without ever leaving the ATL. Welcome to the city’s staycationworthy homes away from home. Whether you are planning a romantic rendezvous or girls’ getaway, there’s no need to spend big bucks on airfare or gas when Atlanta is home to some of the South’s hottest hotels. Before you plan your next getaway, read on for the need-to-knows on two of the city’s sexiest staycay spots, the W Atlanta Downtown and Loews Atlanta Hotel. - Amelia Pavlik W ATLANTA DOWNTOWN This sleep spot joined the Atlanta scene in 2009 and is conveniently located near downtown destinations including Centennial Olympic Park and the Georgia Dome. Known for its signature Whatever/Whenever service, this hotel is ready to make any wish you might have a reality.

SLEEP: Rooms scream, “I’m sexy, and I know it!” Choose from dream spot options ranging from Wonderful Rooms right on up to Extreme Wow Suites. It’s easy to catch some Zs, given the plush pillow-top mattress you’ll find in your room. Not sleepy? Check out a movie thanks to the DVD/CD player and 37-inch LCD TV. The sexiness even extends to the bathrooms, many of which feature peeka-boo glass door showers. RELAX: A glass of champagne, tasty snacks, and don’t-miss steam showers. Welcome to Bliss Spa. Part of the Bliss family of not-yournext-door spas, the W Atlanta Downtown location is ready to pamper you in cozy, but chic, digs. Must-tries include the Triple Oxygen Facial and the Shellac Mani, which leaves your digits chip-free for up to two weeks. SWEAT: Looking for a treadmill with a view? The W’s 24-hour gym has you covered. With a selection of cardio and weight training equipment that would make any fitness fanatic happy, who wouldn’t want to schedule a quick “sweat-sesh” during her visit? EATS: Get ready to fill your calorie quota at BLT Steak, which blends American and French steakhouse favorites beautifully. Enjoy cuts of beef ranging from Certified Black Angus to Japanese Kobe, or stick with something lighter like the tuna tartare with avocado and soy-lime dressing. DRINKS: Thursday through Saturday, sip away the night at DRINKSHOP, which prides itself on offering creative cocktails like its variation on an old fashioned called the Dahlen Fashioned. Or, any day of the week, try the more laid-back LIVING ROOM where you can enjoy a drink while playing a board game. RESERVE: Down to try the W? Visit: watlantadowntown.com.

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‘STAYCAYS’ FOR FALL DAYS LOEWS ATLANTA HOTEL One of the latest additions to Midtown’s mecca of live/eat/ play properties along Peachtree, the Loews debuted in 2010. Ideally situated between the Fox Theatre and the High Museum, this high-end hotel is ready to cater to you and your favorite furry friend. (Think gourmet room service for your pampered pooch, and pet-walking and pet-sitting services.) SLEEP: Posh meets practicality in the lux rooms at Loews. Say “hello” to floor-to-ceiling city views, 15-inch flat screens in the bathrooms, and 24-hour room service. If you’re looking to splurge, try one of the swanky suites. (FYI, ask for one with a view of Peachtree. You won’t regret it!) RELAX: In need of some mind and body bliss? Exhale is just the place. Loews is home to the so-chic spa brand with locations coast to coast. Snuggle into the candle-lit relaxation room with a warm cup of tea until your spa technician whisks you away for your treatment. Must-tries include the Flow Massage and Hammam Detox Therapy. SWEAT: Need to burn a few calories? Get your sweat on at Exhale’s fully equipped gym. Not feeling motivated to workout solo? Spend a little cash, and try one of Exhale’s signature Core Fusion workouts like Core Fusion Barre. EATS: Tantalize your taste buds at eleven, where you’ll be treated to contemporary southern flare (think dishes such as spicy shrimp and grits and banana crème brûlée). And don’t forget about breakfast. One not-to-miss entree on this menu is the Georgian Benedict with crab cakes and fried green tomatoes. Delish! DRINKS: After a long day of spa treatments and shopping, kick back with a killer cocktail like an Atlanta Peach Martini in Bar Eleven. RESERVE: Looking to experience luxury at the Loews? Visit: loewshotels.com/en/Atlanta-Hotel. Daycay in the City Not quite up to shelling out the cash for a staycay? Try a daycay at the InterContinental Buckhead’s spa. With the cost of your treatment, you can arrive early to enjoy some treadmill time in the hotel’s state-of-the-art fitness center (or in the summer months, be seen at this Buckhead bliss spot’s posh pool). And then get ready to say “ah” with a cup of hot tea and treatments like the 60-minute Signature Relaxation Massage. Visit: intercontinentalatlanta.com.

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WHAT EVERY MAN SHOULD KNOW BOB DEVITO IS A SURVIVOR

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magine a normal day of errands and your cell phone rings. On the other end, your physician delivers the daunting news that you have been diagnosed with breast cancer. That is exactly what happened to Bob Devito. In May of 2012, he was diagnosed with Stage IIIA breast cancer.

His journey began in 2008 when he noticed a nodule above his left nipple. What was thought at the time to be a possible cyst or simply gynecomastia ended up being something much more severe. Not completely convinced that it was malignant, he monitored the area closely for several years. In April 2012 during a routine examination by his family physician, remarkable changes were noticed to his left nipple. Noticeable nipple inversion had occurred. The once small nodule had increased significantly and was now somewhat painful. As a result of this finding, a mammogram and ultrasound were recommended. The results of the diagnostic studies warranted further investigation. The lesion was found suspicious and a fine needle aspiration of the lymph nodes and a biopsy of the lesion was scheduled. In May of 2012, the diagnosis of Stage IIIA breast cancer was made and a full mastectomy and removal of the lymph nodes was recommended. After receiving the diagnosis, Devito had three thoughts, “I’m going to die,” “I’m going to be disfigured,” and “I intend to educate every male about breast cancer.” Furthermore, many thoughts raced through his mind. He wanted a second opinion and consulted with the Cancer Treatment Centers of America (cancercenter.com), phoned Y-Me (abcdbreastcancersupport.org) which at the time was one of the oldest breast cancer support organizations in the world and reached out to the American Cancer Society (cancer.org) to see what specific medical questions he should be asking his physician. After finding a surgeon he was comfortable with, Bob endured a series of testing that included BRAC gene testing, a bone scan and a CT scan. The treatment recommended was a full mastectomy with sentinel lymph node mapping and biopsy. Ultimately, he had 14 lymph nodes removed, seven of which were positive. Following the procedure, he underwent several rounds of chemo and radiation therapies and in January 2013, he began Tamoxifen therapy—oral tablets taken as prescribed. For the longest time, Devito says he had a hang-up about only having one nipple and the emotional strain associated with removing his shirt in public was quite an ordeal. He has since moved past this. He has accepted it in exchange for a healthier body. “Having a strong support network is essential to surviving such a scary and stressful time such as this,” says Devito. He is currently on a mission to educate the male population about breast cancer. His work with The Scar Project (thescarproject.org), a non-profit organization that captures large-scale portraits of survivors of breast cancer is just one avenue he has taken to raise awareness. Stay tuned for a new documentary entitled, Times Like These. “Every male and female should be in tune with their bodies,” says Devito. Nowadays he enjoys water aerobics and recommends monthly breast self-exams and testicular exams for males. Devito’s story and his desire to educate others is certainly a remarkable display of strength and courage. Breast cancer is an obvious threat in men. According to the American Cancer Society, the lifetime risk of a male getting breast cancer is about one in one-thousand. About 2,240 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in men in 2013 alone. It is predicted that 410 of those diagnosed will die. The projected survival rates for men and women with breast cancer are fairly the same. For more information about breast cancer in men visit cancercenter.com.

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s the Urban Lux Insider, I love the duty of informing our cherished readers with what’s hot now and what will be worth checking out in the very near future. This time around, we are featuring the 2014 Acura RLX, a fine sedan that is set to undoubtedly light up the roads in grand fashion. - Dennis Malcolm Byron aka Ale Sharpton

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he Acura brand has been consistently solid and the 2014 RLX maintains the automaker’s legacy. The RLX is considered the brand’s flagship and they made sure the technology and sound system were stepped up immensely. With 310 horses under the hood thanks to the 3.5-liter V6 engine, the power is very respectable, but add on the various enhancements to protect and pamper its passengers, and this sedan becomes even more desirable. Highlights include: • A blind spot warning system that actually steers the car back into its respective lane to avoid a possible accident • An all-speed adaptive cruise control feature that brakes the car in enough time to avoid impact with an object in front. Drivers can get pretty relaxed on cruise control, so this is an invaluable feature • A multi-view rearview camera to ensure all angles that are usually naked to the eye are acknowledged • Acura’s All-Wheel Steer system for precisely cut corners and optimum handling • An on-demand, 8-inch, high resolution touchscreen display; Pandora; HD Radio; Bluetooth; navigation; SMS Text Messaging; and XM Satellite Radio broadcast over a premium 14-speaker Krell audio system to experience everything in theater-like sound

With all these embellishments, plus soft perforated leather seating throughout the interior, tri-zone climate control including GPS-linked temperature control, push-button ignition, attractive “Jewel Eye” LED headlights, and sleek body design riding on 19-inch alloy wheels makes the RLX something serious to consider for the New Year. The numbers: 24 combined miles per gallon, $56,950 MSRP

Urban Insider Extra: Keep an eye out for the AWD hybrid version being delivered in late 2013 that’s reportedly powered by 370 horsepower at a resourceful 30 miles per gallon fuel rate (combined). Look for more Urban Lux Insider features online, at UrbanLuxMag.com.

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s the weather starts to favor the fall, traveling is the perfect way to see the U.S. as the leaves change in color. Here are some incredible destinations where you should consider unpacking your bags and staying for a while, but be careful. With all of their amenities and southern hospitality, it might be hard to leave and explore their hosting city’s environs!

Fontainebleau, Miami Beach, Florida

With its breathtaking design thanks to the late legendary architect Morris Lapidus; top-notch cuisine from restaurants including renowned Chef Alfred Portale’s Gotham Steak; and hosting arguably the most happening dance club in the nation—the 30,000-square-foot nightclub LIV—the Fontainebleau is one of the world’s most revered properties. Located on the famous Collins Avenue stretching along the majestic shores of Miami Beach, the most luxurious exotic cars are regularly valeted in the front of the Fontainebleau. Guests and celebrities alike are commonly taking in the ocean breeze by toasting cocktails in private cabanas, relaxing poolside, and dining at the open-air, bi-level restaurant, La Cote. Numerous shops, extraordinary perks such as supplying each guestroom with a brand new iMac, and South Beach a mere two miles away make Fontainebleau the hotel to brag about staying in. It’s no wonder classic films like Scarface, James Bond’s Goldfinger, and HBO’s The Sopranos was filmed here. fontainebleau.com

Ritz-Carlton, Tuscon, Arizona

Vast Sonoran Desert adorned with cacti, a picturesque Tortolita mountain range and secluded housing communities populated by the nation’s affluent and retired celebs represent the surroundings of Tuscon, Arizona’s new lavish Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain. For a true Tuscon experience, book a Southwestern themed suite or a private Casista—Spanish for “small house”—tucked away in the nearby Wild Burro Canyon. If you are the outdoorsy type, take a swing on the Jack Nicklaus signature golf course, take on some ranch activities, swim in one of the three pools, or explore the seemingly endless backyard that provides a hiker’s paradise. For more relaxation, indulge in authentic Latin cuisine and premium tequilas either indoors or outdoors at Turquesa Restaurant; and refresh your body in virtually every way imaginable at the Spa separated from the main quarters for extra privacy. Take note: The roaring fire pits while the sunsets beyond the mountains provide one of the most romantic backdrops you could ever imagine. ritzcarlton.com/DoveMountain

JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa

Based in Texas Hill Country in Cibolo Canyons, this gorgeous resort sits on 600 acres, provides a walloping 265,000-square-feet of meeting and event space; and a water park spanning six acres boasting a lazy river, five heated pools, and three waterslides. Sports lovers are in bliss with a 36-hole championship golf course, and the incredible High Velocity Sports Bar showing everything from college football to pro basketball on 120-foot high-definition screens (that’s plural) situated above a 24-tap bar. Some the best gourmet Mexican-Texas BBQ-fused cuisine in the country is just steps from the main lobby—Cibolo Moon—or six other dining options. The pampering Lantana Spa is reportedly the largest in the state and adopts effective local healing practices dating back five centuries. If you want to do a little exploring, take a short 20-minute drive to nearby San Antonio and stroll along its famous Riverwalk and numerous restaurants. With all of these grandiose amenities, plus 1002 rooms and suites to choose from, the JW Marriott resort further solidifies that “everything is big in Texas.” jwsanantonio.com - Dennis Malcolm Byron aka Ale Sharpton URBANLUX

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magine a world where brotherly love takes precedence over frivolity. Individuals are open, friendly, kind and loyal. This world blossoms with intense passion and compassion for the well being of humanity. Within the structure of humankind, there is an instinctual need for evolution. To experience the power of evolution you have to embrace the unknown and ride the wave of the unexpected. Within a world focused on brotherly love, love is expressed with no expectations, giving is unconditional and seeing the best in others is mandatory. Retired Super Bowl champion Verron Haynes is the epitome of just that. His dedication to self has served as an impactful influence on his family, children and ultimately his career. In addition to being an active father and dedicated husband, he is a spokesperson for the Nutri Bee organization, “empowering students to engage in nutrition.” He also serves on the board of directors for Turning photo: Kat Goduco Point, a non-profit women’s healthcare organization. Being the first player from Trinidad to earn a Super Bowl ring, Verron has an extensive list of accomplishments and realizes that there is still more to strive toward. Unconditional giving is the foundation of his legacy. Enjoy his journey and personal expression of brotherly love. Tia: You have an intensely active life, thus time is sacred. With Tia: What life experiences led to your merger with Turning this in mind, what is your perspective on time and how does it Point? influence the utilization of your moments? Verron: After the passing of my sister Kadine (at age 26 to breast Verron: Time is the most valuable resource that we have and you cancer), I was active in the community spreading the awareness of have to utilize its potential. I rarely sleep, probably about three hours breast cancer. At this time, I was playing with the Pittsburgh Steelers. a night. Growing up, I was always told, ‘You’ll get plenty of rest When I transferred to the Falcons, I continued my work promoting after you die.’ I departmentalize and prioritize—my family is my breast cancer awareness. After one of my talks, a woman approached main priority. I do not allow work to control my life. Yes, there is me from Turning Point. She wanted me to research the organization the uncontrollable, however, keeping a clear perspective on what is and if I could contribute in any way, it was greatly appreciated. She important is essential. expressed that the contribution was not about money, but time. Even I attend my children’s recitals and games. I know that my presence though, my life is demanding, I knew I was supposed to be a partner creates precedence in their lives. As a child I experienced a family with Turning Point. I am constantly working on fundraising and that cared and that is what I intend to pass on to my children. As offering awareness to the community. the leader of the household, I have to be involved and in-tune. Yes, Tia: How did the passing of your sister transform your views on my queen is the foundation and makes things happen—I am always family, health and life? there to support her. Verron: The major impact was an understanding that things are Tia: Can you explain the premise of the Verron Haynes Foundation? going to happen, but how we rise after the fall is what defines us. Verron: The mission and goal of the Verron Haynes Foundation is to I let my family know that life is unpredictable; there is no right or give back in the area of Breast Cancer Awareness. My organization wrong way to live life. You have to take life as it comes to you. serves as an active participant in breast cancer walks and more. We My sister’s transition forced me to focus on my perspective towards want to educate the masses about breast cancer because it does not life. I began to realize the importance of planning ahead and making discriminate. It is so important that people understand the importance things happen within my family. You never hear someone on their of aiming for early detection. deathbed saying they should have spent more time in the club or at I also sit on the board of another amazing organization, Turning work. On the contrary, they say they should have spent more time Point. This organization diligently assists women with breast cancer with their family and loved ones. by responding to their unmet needs. We provide doctors for the It is evident that the passion of Verron Haynes is expressed through women and this provides a platform for extended treatment and open his love for self, family, humanity, sports and his career. He is communication. We offer post-chemo massage services, as many utilizing his celebrity and voice to highlight the benefits of breast breast cancer patients are fatigued after rigorous treatments. We also cancer awareness and women’s health. He knows that gratitude is a have a facility staffed with personal trainers and physical therapists. treasure that can assist one through any situation. Through life and This type of support is vitally important while going through this loss, he recognizes the strength of the family. intense medical process. For more information on how you can volunteer or donate to breast cancer awareness and research, visit: myturningpoint.org - Tia Aikens URBANLUX


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ultural Awareness is said to be the foundation of communication and involves the ability of standing back and becoming aware of our cultural values, beliefs and perceptions. Why do we do things a certain way? How do we see the world? Why do we react in a particular way? Cultural awareness becomes central when we have to interact with people from other cultures. People see, interpret and evaluate things in different ways. What is considered an appropriate behavior in one culture is frequently inappropriate in another one. Misunderstandings arise when you use your meanings to make sense of someone else’s reality. Misinterpretations occur primarily when we lack awareness of our own behavioral rules and project them onto others. In the absence of better knowledge we tend to assume, instead of finding out what a behavior means to the other person involved, e.g. looking straight into a person’s face is considered highly disrespectful in Japan.

Our Way

This fourth and final stage brings people from different cultural backgrounds together for the creation of a culture with shared meanings. People dialogue repeatedly with others, create new meanings and new rules to meet the needs of a particular situation. This is known as the Participatory Third culture stage. Increasing cultural awareness means to see both the positive and negative aspects of cultural differences. Diversity could be a source of problems, in particular, when the organization needs people to think or act in a similar way. Diversity increases the level of complexity and confusion and makes agreement difficult to reach. On the other end of the spectrum, cultural diversity becomes an advantage when the organization expands its solutions and sense of identity and begins to take different approaches to problem solving. Diversity in this case creates valuable new skills and behaviors.

In becoming culturally aware, people realize that: • Though all human, we are not all the same Becoming aware of our cultural dynamics is a difficult task because • Similarities and differences are both important culture is not conscious to us. Since birth, we have learned to see and do things at a subconscious level. Our experiences, values and cultural • There are multiple ways to reach the same goal and to live life backgrounds lead us to see and do things a certain way. Sometimes • The best way depends on the cultural contingency. Each situation is we have to step outside of our cultural boundaries in order to realize different and may require a different solution. the impact that our culture has on our behavior. It is very helpful to How Do I Manage Cultural Diversity? gather feedback from foreign colleagues on our behavior to get more We are generally aware that the first step in managing diversity is clarity on how others perceive our cultural traits. recognize it and learning not to fear it. Projected similarities could lead to misinterpretation as well. When we assume that people are similar to us, we risk finding out the hard way that they are not. If we project similarities where there are none, we might act inappropriately. It is safer to assume differences until similarity is proven.

Since everyone is a product of their own culture and environment, we need to increase both self-awareness and cross-cultural awareness. There is no instructional manual to deal with cultural diversity, however, certain attitudes help to bridge cultures.

Degrees of awareness

Knowing that we do not know everything, that a situation does not make sense, that our assumptions may be wrong is part of the process of becoming culturally aware. Assume differences, not similarities.

There are several levels of cultural awareness that reflect how people grow to perceive cultural differences. Here are some examples:

My way is the only way

At the first level, people are aware of their way of doing things, and asume their way is the only way. At this stage, they ignore the impact of cultural differences. This is known as the Parochial stage.

I know their way, but my way is better

At the second level, people are aware of other ways of doing things, but still consider their way to be best. In this stage, cultural differences are perceived as a source of problems and people tend to ignore them or reduce their significance. This is known as the Ethnocentric stage.

My Way and Their Way

At this level, people are aware of their own way of doing things and others’ ways of doing things, and they chose the best way according to the situation. At this stage, people realize that cultural differences can lead to both problems and benefits and are willing to use cultural diversity to create new solutions and alternatives. This is known as the Synergistic stage.

Admit that you do not know

Suspend judgments

Collect as much information as possible, so you can describe the situation accurately before evaluating it.

Empathy

In order to understand another person, we need to try standing in his/ her shoes. Through empathy, we learn of how other people would like to be treated by us.

Systematically check your assumptions

Ask your colleagues for feedback and constantly check your assumptions to make sure that you clearly understand the situation.

Celebrate diversity

As a company, find ways of sharing the cultures of your diverse workforce; develop initiatives around diverse topics and themes that will encourage employee projects and participation. Invite experts in to present diversity awareness and include an open forum discussion during employee meetings.

Being culturally knowledgeable and aware have certain benefits. Develop your cultural awareness and build on it! - Carlton Powell URBANLUX

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t’s that time again. Yes, it is time to get in the mindset of preparing your annual taxes. It has become a common theme for many to dread this time of year, but the reality is you do not have to. I have realized most people do not like dealing with taxes because they are ill prepared and the process intimidates many mainly because they do not fully understand how to make it work for them. The best time to begin thinking about your taxes for 2013 is in 2013. The way to achieve a “no stress” tax mantra is to maximize your financial opportunity and know that being proactive about this is the way to truly begin to build wealth as you take control of your financial life. Albert Einstein once said, “…the hardest thing to understand is the tax code”. I would have to agree with him, but in this age of technology where information on any topic you choose to study is readily available; there are no excuses for not knowing the basics, especially on how to keep yourself out of tax trouble. The truth is the income tax system is flexible. People are free to arrange their financial affairs in such a way to take advantage of any tax benefit. The best way to stay on track and ahead of the tax game is to…

Document as you go

It is essential to keep a log of your expenses and potential deductions throughout the year. You can deduct your legitimate business costs from your business income. Tracking them as they happen ensures not only that you have an accurate count of what they are, but also that you’ll have less trouble pulling them together when tax time comes.

Take your deductions

Are you aware of all the deductions that you are legally allowed? If not, you may be missing out. As you prepare for next year’s taxes, there are several options to consider. You can choose to claim the standard deduction or to itemize your deductions. You should do whichever lowers your taxes. The standard deduction is a fixed dollar amount that reduces your taxed income. Your standard deduction varies according to your filing status. The applicable standard deduction rates for 2013 are $12,200 for married taxpayers filing jointly; $8,950 for head of household; $6,100 for individual taxpayers and $6,100 for married taxpayers filing separate. For purposes of the standard deduction, the amount for an individual who may be claimed as a dependent by another taxpayer cannot exceed the greater of $1,000 OR ($350 + the individual’s earned income). The additional standard deduction amount for the aged or the blind is $1,200; that amount is increased to $1,500 if the taxpayer is single and not a surviving spouse.

The standard deduction:

• Allows you a deduction even if you have no expenses that qualify for claiming itemized deductions

• Eliminates the need to itemize deductions, like medical expenses and charitable donations • Allows you to avoid keeping records and receipts of your expenses in case you’re audited by the IRS Tax pressure may tempt you to choose the standard tax deduction, rather than exploring the potential benefit of itemizing your deductions. To figure out whether itemizing would be profitable for you, you need to determine if the allowable expenses you paid during the year for things like home mortgage interest and property taxes, state income or sales taxes, medical expenses, charitable donations or business expenses exceed the standard deduction for your filing status.

You might benefit from itemizing your deductions on Form 1040, Schedule A if you: • Have itemized deductions that total more than the standard deduction you’d receive • Have large, uninsured medical and dental expenses • Paid mortgage interest and real estate taxes on your home • Have large, unreimbursed expenses as an employee • Have large, uninsured casualty (fire, flood, wind) or theft losses • Made large contributions to qualified charities • Are self employed • Have large, unreimbursed miscellaneous expenses

Itemized deductions also reduce your taxable income. Ex: If you are in the 15% tax bracket, every $1,000 in itemized deductions knocks $150 off your tax bill. If you choose to take advantage of the itemized deduction option, the limitations kick in at $300,000 for married taxpayers filing jointly, $275,000 for head of household, $250,000 for single taxpayers and $150,000 in the case of a married individual filing separately. If you are going to claim any deductions, you must keep adequate records including receipts and other documented proof. The key is to be prepared, keep great records and watch the stress disappear. A few tips to ensure that you are ready and stress free are to get organized now, get all your important documents together including W-2, 1099, Interest Statements (Mortgage), Receipts (Back up the deductions) and documents proving all charitable contributions. Now is the time to make your giving decisions for the remainder of the year to solidify your tax position. You can get free personal tax help by calling 800-829-1040. To order free tax forms and publications call 800-TAX FORM (829-3676). - Clyde Anderson

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ASK DR. RON Q: My husband has severe bunions on his feet. He wants to have surgery on both feet at the same time. I don’t think that’s a good idea because I’ve heard that recovery for bunion surgery is intense and healing takes a long time. What’s the average healing time for bunion surgery? Would you advise him to have both done at the same time? -Cynthia A: Cynthia, bunion surgery is quite an involved procedure. The average healing time is approximately 6 to 8 weeks. I would highly recommend having one foot corrected at a time. One foot will be needed for transfer. Q: Hello Dr. Ron. I try to schedule pedicures regularly. Besides aesthetics (I love good looking feet). Are there real health benefits to pedicures? Vanity aside, is it worth it? -Sonayia A: Sonayia, pedicures can be beneficial. They can help with exfoliation of dead skin (spa pedicures) and the associated foot massage can relieve tension and potentially decrease pain. Be cautious however, because foot spas are one of the most common places you can acquire toenail fungal infections (onychomycosis). Q: What non-surgical treatments do you suggest to help spurs in the feet? -Bec A: Bec, a heel spur is a calcium deposit on the underside of the heel bone. There are several ways to treat the associated pain syndrome nonsurgically. Some of these include: stretching exercises, shoe gear modification, taping and strapping, shoe inserts and physical therapy. Heel spur pain may also respond to treatment with over-the-counter pain medications. Q: Can you catch herpes from someone wearing a condom? A: Genital herpes is a common sexually transmitted infection that affects both men and women. Symptoms of genital herpes include: pain, itching and sores in your genital area. Many infected people have no signs or symptoms of genital herpes however. An infected person can be contagious, even if he or she has no visible sores. Condoms offer useful protection against herpes. However, condoms do not guarantee complete protection. The herpes lesion(s) may not always be located in an area covered by the condom. Q: How difficult it is for a woman to conceive after she has had fibroids removed? -Qwana A: Qwana, uterine fibroids are common. As many as 1 in 5 women may have fibroids during their childbearing years. Fibroids are rare in women under age 20. Additionally, they are more common in African-Americans than Caucasians. In rare cases, fibroids may cause infertility. Fibroid removal is usually the chosen treatment because of its success in preserving fertility. Q: I am a 33 year old black male experiencing hair loss. What things can I do to prevent further hair loss and to regrow my hair? -Marlon A: Marlon, there are several treatments for hair loss. Two of the most common topical treatments available are Propecia and Rogaine. Hair grafting or hair transplant procedures are also available. ABOUT DR. RONDRICK WILLIAMSON: Named as one of the ‘Most Beautiful Doctors in America’ in 2013, Dr Rondrick Williamson literally built his entire career on hard-work and dedication to excellence. From humble beginnings, he has managed to create quite a presence in the world today. Williamson completed undergraduate studies at Clemson University earning a BS degree in Biological Science. He then traveled to Cleveland, Ohio where he attended the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine ultimately receiving a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree. After completing OCPM, he was selected to attend the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in San Antonio where he completed his residency training. He is currently board certified in Diabetic Wound Care and Management and is also a fellow of the American Professional Wound Care Association. drrondrickwilliamson.com Submit your health related questions to Dr. Ron at: liveurbanlux.com/ask-dr-ron

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