Mother’s Day Fashion Show

A very special fashion show for Mother\’s featuring great Uptown businesses
- Atmosfere
- EyeLovePhoto
- Goorin Bros.
- IamMoody
- John Fluevog
- Kowalskis Market
- Lowry Hill Liquors
- Unparalleled Parking

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Mother's Day Fashion Show

Keith Ellison Fundraiser April 9th 2015

I am proud to be part of the host committee honoring our amazing local Representative Keith Ellison. If you are reading this and would like to attend please contact me. We need to keep him in office. I appreciate your support.

Ellison Equality 2015

MLK Networking & Music

MLK Networking & Music

IN HONOR OF MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY, come celebrate King’s life and legacy. Enjoy an evening of lively conversation with fellow professionals and community tastemakers
at the historic James J. Hill House.
Find out about the exhibits, events and other resources on African American history offered by the Minnesota Historical Society— including Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair, a traveling exhibit opening in May at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul.

January 17, 2015 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Free Event

Light refreshments & cash bar

YOU MUST RESERVE A SPOT TO ATTEND THIS VIP EVENT! Priority deadline is Jan. 10, 2015.

James J. Hill House
240 Summit Ave
St. Paul, MN 55102

Shifting Perspectives – Adetomiwa Gbadebo

Adetomiwa Gbadebo

I really like a new and upcoming artist Adetomiwa Gbadebo. His work is being featured at the Exit Realty Metro offices in Uptown and he just was invited to join the MIA MAEP as Board Member.

Below is a description of an upcoming event he is part of. I hope you consider supporting him along with our amazing local arts scene.

~ Moody

Shifting Perspectives is a cross-discipline multicultural concert series focused on recognizing, accepting, and celebrating differences between artistic disciplines, cultures, and communities.

Join us for Part 1 of this exciting 4-part series which will focus on the creative intersections between visual art and music. Watch the ‘unveiling’ of a new work by The Fire Arts Center, a free improvisation inspired by film and projected images, and the creation of a new painting inspired by the audience and music alike.

Collaborating Artists:
Heather Doyle, Metalsmith, Artistic Director – The Fire Arts Center
Wing Young Huie, Photographer, The Third Place Gallery
Adetomiwa Gbadebo, Yorùbá Artist, MIA MAEP Board Member
Tyler Cessor, Saxophonist, Founder – Shifting Perspectives


Sabathani Horizons Youth Program 2014 Christmas List

Our friends from the Sabathani Horizons Youth Program emailed over the kids Christmas List before the Moody’s 24th Annual Holiday Party & Toy Drive. Don’t forget we are also attempting to help Domestic Abuse Project. Please review the list and help if you can!

Name/Gender Age Christmas  Wish List
1 Angelica R. – Girl 8 1. Remote Control Helicopter
2. Slippers
3. Gift Card
2 Cory F. – Boy 7 1. Tablet “Handheld Computer”
2. Legos Set
3. Remote Control “Helicopter or Truck”
3 Eduardo P-A. – Boy 5 1. Remote Control Helicopter
2. Legos
3. Remote Control Car
4 Emily R. – Girl 5 1. Beados
2. Monster High Dolls
3. Doc-mobile “Hispanic”
5 Iyana G. – Girl 7 1. Legos Set for Friends
2. American Doll “African American”
3. Art and Craft Projects
6 Jaden A. – Boy 7 1. Remote Control Helicopter
2. Tablet “Handheld Computer”
3. Air Hog Car
7 Jahvontea D. – Boy 7 1. Nintendo 3DS
2. Tablet “Handheld Computer”
3. Gift Card
8 Miyon F. – Boy 5 1. Gift Card
2. Tablet “Handheld Computer”
3. Remote “Fire Truck or Helicopter”
9 Zechariah C. – Boy 7 1. Blade Blade  Toys
2. Gift Cards
3. Legos
10 Janaya F. – Boy 7 1. Easy Bake Oven
2. Vtech Learning Game in Pink “Handheld Electronic Game”
3. Big Head Doll
11 Aneja B. – Girl 6 1. American Girl Doll “African American”
2. Legos Friends
3. Scooter or Guitar
12 Judah M. – Boy 5 1. Sony ZX Series Headphones
2. Pearler Beads “Art and Craft Project”
3. Gift Card
13 Joseph M. – Boy 6 1. Tablet “handheld computer”
2. Sony ZX Series Headphones – Blue
3. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles “Combat Gear”
14 De’Audrea – Girl 6 1. C.D. Player
2. Loom Art Set
3. Jewelry Maker
15 Chelsea R. – Girl 9 1. Beados
2. Nerf Rebelle
3. My Password Journal
16 Jaden H. – Boy 10 1. Legos Set,  (Advance)
2. IPod  “MP3” Player
3. Game for the Wii “U” – Assassin Greed
17 Jeremiah C. – Boy 9 1. Legos Set
2. Zombie Toy
3. Ninja Turtle Toy
18 Tahnaya S-G.  -  Girl 9 1. Legos for Friends
2. Crayola Premier Inspiration Art Case
3. Nerf Reelle Agent Bow Blaster
19 Tatyana H. – Girl 9 1. Barbie Doll “African American”
2. Scooter
3. Easy Bake Oven
20 Ayleen M-A. – Girl 8 1. American Girl Doll, Hispanic “With all the Stuff”
2. Tablet “Handheld Computer”
3. Back Pack
21 Aketzally M-A. – Girl 8 1.Tablet “Handheld Computer”
2. Gift Card
3. Art and Craft Project
22 Nimely K. – Boy 9 1. Gift Card
2. Remote Control Helicopter
3. Batman Beyond Gotham “Video Game”
22 Lisa F. – Girl 9 1. Sewing machine “Sew Cool Machine”
2. Wubble Bubble Ball3. Gift Card
23 Jamal G.  -  Boy 10 1. Bike2. Music Player3. Art and Crafts Projects
24 Daanish A. – Boy 8 1. Star Wars Toy Set2. Big Hero 6 Toys3. Legos Stars Wars
25 Alexandria R. – Girl 12 1. Slippers “Med, size 9 or 10”
2. Music Player or Gift Card
3. Candy – Chocolate or Other Sweets
26 Atreyu S. – Boy 10 1.Zekrom  EX Collectors Tin “Pokemon Cards”
2. Mario Craft  7
3. Sonic All-star Racing Transformed
27 Diamond T. – Girl 11 1. Suspenders “2 sets” Clothing Fashion
2. Overalls “Clothing”
3. Sewing Machine
28 Imon R. – Girl 12 3. IPhone 4 Phone Case
2. Bath and Body Works, Perfumes and Lotions
3. Eye Make-up and Nail Set, or Gift Card
29 Seon D. – Boy 10 1. Pokemon Cards
2. Pokemon  X Preowned  for “3ds” video game cd
3. Mario Card 7 for 3ds video game cd
30 Trey B. – Boy 12 1. Gift Card
2. Tablet “Handheld Computer”
3. Head Phone
31 Zion O-K. – Boy 11 1. Leos Star wars
2. Pokemon  Cards
3. Tablet “Handheld Computer”
32 Sidua B. – Boy 12 1. Gift Card
2. Remote Control “Helicopter or Truck”
3. Legos
33 Moriah M. – Girl 10 1. Earbuds  ”Head Phone”
2. Snap Circuit Light
3. Basketball
34 Cecelia K. – Girl 11 1. Rainbow Loom and Kit
2. iPad “Handheld Computer”
3. Gift Card

Summer Breeze – Fashion Show – Calhoun Beach Club

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Relax and enjoy a stylish evening… As we prepare to welcome summer, Fashion Group International of Minneapolis St. Paul is planning a stylish evening show casing the best swimwear & summer wear offered by local boutiques, with stylish accessories by local designers. These top trends will be modeled on the rooftop poolside at the Calhoun Beach Club.

We hope you’ll join us…

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Special Thanks…
Calhoun Beach Club
MC – Ali Kaplan & Grant Whitaker
Stylist – Richard Moody
Hair & Makeup – Susan Swanson
Music – Vaughn Lovely
Photography – Chris McDuffie
Aviv Vodka
Realia by Jen
Nani Nalu
J. W. Hulme Company
The Bow Tie Shoppe
Tommy Bahama
Urban Eatery
Honest-1 Auto Care

Presented by Fashion Group International of Minneapolis / St. Paul and co-sponsored by The Calhoun Beach Club & Aviv Vodka

Dandies Project Press

The Dandies Project is creating positive buzz.  Check out some of the media coverage below.

“The Dandies Project” is a hardback, full-color photo book of Twin Cities men of color who, according to the project’s visionary exemplify class, style and sophistication. Complete with the gentlemen’s bios, the book tells a story with pictures and words.”

The Dandies Project: New coffee table book highlights fashion-forward men of color
By Harry Colbert, Jr., Insight News

Added Moody, “If we can get young men to understand it’s about application. You don’t need to have a lot of money to have style, but you have to have a style to present yourself with to get in the door.”

Fine and dandy: New photo project spotlights stylish men of color
By Jahna Peloquin, The Journal

Don’t forget to like the Dandies Project on Facebook

Visit the Dandies Project Website.


Nicole Henry at the Dakota Jazz Club

“I had the sense of being in the presence of a pop-soul superwoman whose every gesture and inflection conveyed confidence and mastery…. time and again she invested familiar songs with an extra fillip of conviction and made you reconsider the words.” – Stephen Holden, The New York Times

“…the vocal love-child of Whitney Houston and Sarah Vaughan.” – Jordan Levin, Miami Herald

Nicole Henry has firmly established herself as one of the most acclaimed entertainers in jazz. Her powerfully expressive voice and her soulful, sophisticated and uplifting energy has earned her three top 10 albums. Adding to her vocal talents, Nicole’s beauty and on-stage rapport combines confidence, sincerity and a touch of sass, confirming her as an all-around beguiling performer to audiences in over 15 countries.

Nicole Henry, vocals
Terry Burns, bass
Joe Elliott, guitar
Sean Turner, piano
David Chiverton, drums

Her 2004 debut CD release, The Nearness of You, won considerable attention from audiences and critics in the U.S. and in Japan, where they named Nicole Best New Jazz Artist of 2004. The following year, Nicole’s Teach Me Tonight reached #1 in Japan and was named HMV Japan’s Best Vocal Jazz Album of 2005. Finally, 2008′s The Very Thought of You substantially expanded her American audience, reaching #7 on Billboard’s jazz chart.

Growing up in a musical family in Bucks County, PA, Nicole immersed herself in the arts early on, singing in school and church, and studying cello and ballet. After graduating from the University of Miami with a degree in Communications and Theatre, Nicole launched a successful acting career, appearing in commercial roles as well as a series of voiceover assignments. But she directed her strongest passion toward the development of her full-time singing career which was quickly rewarded in her present hometown, when the Miami New Times named Nicole “Best Solo Musician 2002.” She continues to be a winner on every stage she graces.

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Come out to Bike 4 Willie, a benefit fundraiser for Willie Shuford.

Willie has been diagnosed with a rare cancer known as multiple myeloma and is in need of medical assistance. Willie has been a successful flight attendant for 30+ years. The treatments for this rare blood cancer is very costly, this is your chance to reach deep into your pockets and help this wonderful man.

Bike 4 Willie is a fundraiser event that will bring many together to tune up your bike, go for a ride, and enjoy a buffet.

Meet up your fellow riders for a free bike clinic outside of Tin Fish Restaurant at 3000 E Calhoun Pkwy, Minneapolis, MN 55408.
Take a casual ride around Lake of the Isles, Lake Calhoun and Lake Harriet.
Silent Auction and Buffet Dinner at Uptown Tavern and Rooftop at 1400 Lagoon St, Minneapolis, MN 55408.

$50 to participate in the whole day
$20 to attend the silent auction and buffet dinner only

All donations can be made payable to Humbleslice LLC

If you are interested in volunteering at Bike 4 Willie, have questions about the event or want to share words of support to Willie Shuford, please email

22 Habits of Happy People

By Dr. Mercola
Many people spend their lives waiting to be happy. You may think, “if only I had more money,” or “could lose weight,” or you fill in the blank, then I would be happy.

Well here’s a secret: you can be happy right now. It’s not always easy, but you can choose to be happy, and in the vast majority of circumstances there’s no one who can stop you except for yourself.

The truth is, happiness doesn’t come from wealth, perfect looks or even a perfect relationship. Happiness comes from within. This is why, if you truly want to be happy, you need to work on yourself, first.

22 Positive Habits of Happy People

What’s the secret to being happy? You can learn how to do it, just as you can learn any other skill. Those who are happy tend to follow a certain set of habits that create peace in their lives; if you learn to apply these habits in your own life, there’s a good chance you’ll be happy too.

The featured article compiled 22 such behaviors that you can use to enhance your life and your happiness:

1. Let go of grudges
Forgiving and forgetting is necessary for your own happiness, as holding a grudge means you’re also holding onto resentment, anger, hurt and other negative emotions that are standing in the way of your own happiness. Letting go of a grudge frees you from negativity and allows more space for positive emotions to fill in.
2. Treat everyone with kindness
Kindness is not only contagious, it’s also proven to make you happier. When you’re kind to others, your brain produces feel-good hormones and neurotransmitters like serotonin and you’re able to build strong relationships with others, fostering positive feelings all around.
3. Regard your problems as challenges
Change your internal dialogue so that anytime you have a “problem” you view it as a challenge or a new opportunity to change your life for the better. Eliminate the word “problem” from your mind entirely.
4. Express gratitude for what you have
People who are thankful for what they have are better able to cope with stress, have more positive emotions, and are better able to reach their goals. The best way to harness the positive power of gratitude is to keep a gratitude journal or list, where you actively write down exactly what you’re grateful for each day. Doing so has been linked to happier moods, greater optimism and even better physical health.
5. Dream big
Go ahead and dream big, as you’ll be more likely to accomplish your goals. Rather than limiting yourself, when you dream big you’re opening your mind to a more optimistic, positive state where you have the power to achieve virtually anything you desire.
6. Don’t sweat the small stuff
If the issue you’re mad about will be irrelevant a year, a month, a week or even a day from now, why sweat it? Happy people know how to let life’s daily irritations roll off their back.
7. Speak well of others
It may be tempting to gather around the office water cooler to get and give the daily gossip, but talking negatively about others is like taking a bath in negative emotions; your body soaks them up. Instead, make it a point to only say positive, nice words about other people, and you’ll help foster more positive thinking in your own life as well.
8. Avoid making excuses
It’s easy to blame others for your life’s failures, but doing so means you’re unlikely to rise past them. Happy people take responsibility for their mistakes and missteps, then use the failure as an opportunity to change for the better.
9. Live in the present
Allow yourself to be immersed in whatever it is you’re doing right now, and take time to really be in the present moment. Avoid replaying past negative events in your head or worrying about the future; just savor what’s going on in your life now.
10. Wake up at the same time every morning
Getting up at the same time every day (preferably an early time) is deceptively simple. Doing so will help regulate your circadian rhythm so you’ll have an easier time waking and likely feel more energized. Plus, the habit of rising early every day is one shared by many successful people, as it enhances your productivity and focus.
11. Don’t compare yourself to others
Your life is unique, so don’t measure your own worth by comparing yourself to those around you. Even regarding yourself as better than your peers is detrimental to your happiness, as you’re fostering judgmental feelings and an unhealthy sense of superiority. Measure your own success based on your progress alone, not that of others.
12. Surround yourself with positive people
The saying “misery loves company” is entirely true. That’s why you need to choose friends who are optimistic and happy themselves, as you will be surrounded with positive energy.
13. Realize that you don’t need others’ approval
It’s important to follow your own dreams and desires without letting naysayers stand in your way. It’s fine to seek others’ opinions, but happy people stay true to their own hearts and don’t get bogged down with the need for outside approval.
14. Take time to listen
Listening helps you soak in the wisdom of others and allows you to quiet your own mind at the same time. Intense listening can help you feel content while helping you gain different perspectives.
15. Nurture social relationships
Positive social relationships are a key to happiness, so be sure you make time to visit with friends, family and your significant other.
16. Meditate
Meditation helps you keep your mind focused, calms your nerves and supports inner peace. Research shows it can even lead to physical changes in your brain that make you happier.
17. Eat well
What you eat directly impacts your mood and energy levels in both the short and long term. Whereas eating right can prime your body and brain to be in a focused, happy state, eating processed junk foods will leave you sluggish and prone to chronic disease.
18. Exercise
Exercise boosts levels of health-promoting brain chemicals like serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine, which may help buffer some of the effects of stress and also relieve some symptoms of depression. Rather than viewing exercise as a medical tool to lose weight, prevent disease, and live longer – all benefits that occur in the future – try viewing exercise as a daily tool to immediately enhance your frame of mind, reduce stress and feel happier.
19. Live minimally
Clutter has a way of sucking the energy right out of you and replacing it with feelings of chaos. Clutter is an often-unrecognized source of stress that prompts feelings of anxiety, frustration, distraction and even guilt, so give your home and office a clutter makeover, purging it of the excess papers, files, knick knacks and other “stuff” that not only takes up space in your physical environment, but also in your mind.
20. Be honest
Every time you lie, your stress levels are likely to increase and your self-esteem will crumble just a little bit more. Plus, if others find out you’re a liar it will damage your personal and professional relationships. Telling the truth, on the other hand, boosts your mental health and allows others to build trust in you.
21. Establish personal control
Avoid letting other people dictate the way you live. Instead, establish personal control in your life that allows you to fulfill your own goals and dreams, as well as a great sense of personal self-worth.
22. Accept what cannot be changed
Everything in your life is not going to be perfect, and that’s perfectly all right. Happy people learn to accept injustices and setbacks in their life that they cannot change, and instead put their energy on changing what they can control for the better.
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A Healthy Lifestyle Naturally Enhances Happiness

You may have noticed that some of the habits of happy people are one in the same with those that are essential for leading a healthy lifestyle – exercising and eating right, for example. Once you adopt a happiness mindset, and even before you do, embracing healthy habits will help keep your mood elevated naturally even in the midst of stress. Happy people tend to behealthy people, and vice versa, so in addition to healthy food and exercise, the following lifestyle strategies can also help to support emotional wellness:

  • Proper sleep: Sleep deprivation is linked to psychiatric disorders such as anxiety and bipolar depression, while getting the right amount of sleep has been linked to positive personality characteristics such as optimism and greater self-esteem, as well as a greater ability to solve difficult problems.
  • Animal-based omega-3 fats: Low concentrations of the omega-3 fats EPA and DHA are known to increase your risk for mood swings and mood disorders. Those suffering from depression have been found to have lower levels of omega-3 in their blood, compared to non-depressed individuals. Krill oil is my preferred source of omega-3 fats.
  • Regular sun exposure: This is essential for vitamin D production, low levels of which are linked to depression. But even beyond vitamin D, regular safe sun exposure is known to enhance mood and energy through the release of endorphins.
  • Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT): If difficult life circumstances and the negative emotions they create are making happiness hard to come by, try EFT, which is a form of do-it-yourself psychological acupressure. This simple technique can help clear your body and mind of negative emotions so you can implement positive goals and habits more easily in your life.

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