Kevin Lyons’ hosts Mountain Dew’s new Green Label Gallery in Brooklyn!

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Art has always been an outlet for the common man. Some of the greatest forms of human expression have elegantly been placed to paper with a few strokes of the pen and paint brush. Surprisingly, one company has become knows this better than most. You would be more surprised to learn that company is none other than Mountain Dew! That’s right one of your favorite soft drink companies has become a lot more hip! Mountain Dew is opening its first ever crowd sourced gallery called “The Green Label Gallery!”

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The Green Label Gallery will not be your run of the mill exhibit. In it you will see digital artwork from all over the world contributed from Instagram with the label, “#GreenLabelGallery.” Some of the pieces seem to be centered around the Mountain Dew label and its original lime flavored drink. Still many more are abstract pieces of eveything from egg shell chickens to spider-shaped bush sculptures. There were over a thousand global submissions for the first ever Green Label Gallery in  Amsterdam. There, the event was hosted by the Chaotic Bastards. This time around designer, illustrator, and typographer; Kevin Lyons will be curating the event. Kevin is the the founder and sole creative director of “Natural Born” and is internationally known for his shows, and dealings with clients like Nike, Converse, Google TV, Umbro, and Stacks. With someone of his caliber headlining the gallery it will be nothing short of amazing!

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Kevin Lyons

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Taraji Vs. Idris! “No Good Deed” is just Good Indeed!

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The box office can be a tricky place, especially when a new entry is up against late summer blockbusters. However, “No Good Deed” has managed to shake Tinsel Town with a number one debut and amazing reviews. Possibly one of the most well marketed films of the year; this suspense thriller stars Taraji P. Henson and Idris Elba. Both stars are considered cinematic gold, but never in films where they are the main stars. All this changed when they ceased being Taraji and Idris and temporarily donned the roles of Terri and Colin. Terri is a former prosecuting attorney turned housewife and Idris is a murderer on the run. Through a surprising plot twist their paths are unwittingly crossed. Murder, danger, betrayal and drama are rife in this thriller as both struggle to take the other down!

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9/13/14- “Because I Loved Myself More”

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Hey Mikey,

I’m lost right now. I’ve always put my husband’s career and needs before own. He’s a lawyer and at times I’ve functioned as his wife/personal assistant/secretary. Now, I’m ready to go back to school try and become a businesswoman in my own right. He’s completely against it saying I won’t be able to perform my “wifely duties.” I got accepted to Spelman and instead of being happy for me he filed for separation. I can’t understand why he doesn’t understand I am trying to better myself and in the long run it will be good for us and any children we have?

-Shaken

***Shaken, don’t find yourself “shook.” Wanting to better yourself is always admirable and noble. This is the only life you have, live it as best you can. If your husband does not understand that loving yourself more does not mean you love him any less; then he’s the one with the problem. Congratulations Spelman is a great school! Get that degree and become the woman you were always meant to be. Remember a woman is more than a wife or help mate. In fact she’s more than what any man would make her to be.

☆Need advice? Simply leave your question in the comments section of this post, or email me at  HeyMikeyATL@gmail.com. Be sure to pick a pen name! Thanks for checking me out! -Mikey ♡

If Loving You Is Wrong- “Shots Fired”

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Alex checks the dates in her planner trying to figure out when she might have gotten pregnant by Randal. Coincidentally he tries to call her but she ignores him believing they have dodged a bullet since she assumes she is not pregnant by him. Randal arrives at Alex and Brad’s house unannounced, hoping to catch her alone. When Brad does not leave he makes small talk and makes himself some coffee. He tries to convince Brad to tell Alex about his vasectomy, but he refuses. Alex  arrives and gets angry when she sees him with her husband’s special mug. He reveals he slept downstairs the night before and is not quite happy about her pregnancy.

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Brad and Alex

Natalie and Lushion arrive at the baseball game and talk with Randal and Brad. Lushion networks, hoping to get on with the police force. Natalie notices the distance between Brad and Alex, who in turn feels Lushion is good for her. Esperanza and the other women arrive at the game, but their small talk is interrupted when Edward snatches her away. He harshly interrogates her about her dealings with Julius. Thankfully she is saved by Lushion and Natalie, ruining the former’s chance of getting on the police force.

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If Loving You Is Wrong- “A Twisted Affair”

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The show begins with a torrid affair in a shed between Alex and Randall. They have rough, passionate sex. Their antics are interrupted by a phone call from her husband, Brad,  to tell her he is on his way back home from work. The woman resists his attempts to keep going on, feeling guilty for cheating on her husband. She asks him does he ever thing about Marcie and reveals she does not know why she is not happy. He tries to tell her they are not hurting anyone. They are interrupted again when Marcie arrives in the shed to see him. Alex saves them by saying she was dropping off some muffins for him. Everyone awkwardly laughs everything off with small talk. It is revealed Randall and Marcie are married. She tells him the doctor gave her an ovulation test, and she tries to get him to have sex with her. He rebuffs her advances, saying he had to be in the mood.

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In her office, Kelly receives a phone call from her boyfriend, Travis, who is away on a church mission. They tell each other how much they miss each other. She cannot wait for him to return the following week and make love to him. She tells him she was approved for a house and it is next to door to Alex and Brad. He tells her he has something important to ask her, but not over the phone. She begs him to ask her, but he refuses. They agree to get the house, but he is clearly bothered by something.

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Brilliantly “black-ish!”

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The sitcom has been a mainstay of the television since its inception. Whether you were watching Leave It To Beaver, The Brady Bunch, Good Times, Family Matters  or even Malcolm in The Middle you know and love them well! However, in recent years it has been on the decline, on the rise instead is reality television and a few celebrity driven talk shows. ABC’s latest sitcom begs to differ and steal the night in “black-ish!” “Black-ish” is the brilliant brainchild and comedy of Lawrence Fishburne. The series stars Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross as they raise their modern black family in a mostly Caucasian environment.

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Surrounded by Suburbia they are the self-described “mythical and magical” oasis of Black people. Indeed they would be considered a successful black family. Anthony Anderson is Dre Johnson, father of the family, who has just received a promotion at his job to Vice President of Urban Affairs. The problem is he believes he only received the position due to his skin color and merit. To make things worst his kids are not connected to their Black cultural roots and his wife, Rainbow (Tracee Ellis Ross) is biracial and firmly against his attempts to make them more black. Lawrence Fishburne is “Pops,” his wisecracking father more annoyed by his “black-ish” family than anything. In the first episode, Andre Jr. tries out for the field hockey team instead of basketball and asks for a Bat Mitzah so he can be Jewish like his other friends. Naturally, his father flips out and tries to force a makeshift African rites of passage ceremony on him in the backyard, but not before jeopardizing his job.

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9/9/2014- “Before You Walk Out Of My Life”

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Hey Mikey,

I really like your site. Lots of categories and stuff. My husband in particular likes your “Hot Tips for The Handsome Man” column. He gets manicures and pedicures with me now. Well my marriage is great but my friendship with my friend, “Elaine,” is really strained. We’ve been girls for about five years now and she was even in my wedding.  We recently had a big fallout over this slime of a guy she’s been dating. He makes Nikko from “Love & Hip-Hop Atlanta” look like a saint! To make a long story short,  she has not spoken to me since and now she’s accepted a job offer overseas and will be leaving in a few days. She had a going away party and did not invite me. Should I leave things alone or try to get some reconciliation and closure before she heads off?

-A Hurting Friend

***A Hurting Friend, I am sorry you and your friend are going through this. I see so many women lose great friendships over men.  It’s all so disappointing. Nevertheless, I advise you to reach out and wish her well. You can even tell her you have no hard feelings about the situation.  Anything she decides to do, or not do, after that is solely up to her.  Lose no sleep,  shed no tears! Life moves on and apparently so is your friend.

☆Need advice? Simply leave your question in the comments section of this post, or email me at  HeyMikeyATL@gmail.com. Be sure to pick a pen name! Thanks for checking me out! -Mikey ♡