Michelle Williams: Independent Woman

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By Teryl Warren When the members of Destiny’s Child announced the trio would be going their separate ways, R&B fans mourned the end of one of the most electrifying chapters in music history.  But independence, as the world soon discovered, can be a very good thing. Fresh off a successful stint in the hit show [...]

MR. RIGHT: TQ

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MR. RIGHT: TQ By Teryl Warren Wiles has been saluting independent women in music all month long, so it’s only fair that we give one of the fellas an opportunity to shine, right?  This month’s Mr. Right is a talented singer who’s enjoyed both indie and commercial success for nearly two decades.  His latest single [...]

DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT: JOHANA HERNANDEZ

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JOHANA HERNANDEZ: FASHION STAR By Teryl Warren Fans of the NBC reality show “Fashion Star” with Jessica Simpson and Nicole Richie will recognize Johana Hernandez as one of the aspiring designers from the hit series’ season two.  Born in Compton, California, Hernandez literally learned the fashion business from the bottom up – first, at the [...]

TRIBUTE: NELSON MANDELA

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Nelson Mandela: Father of All Humanity By Rashida Wallace Nelson Mandela, born on July 18, 1918 as Rolihlahla Mandela, has been a beloved world leader, a symbol of freedom and equality and an inspiration to people of every race and creed for more than 70 years. As a man in his early 20s, he became [...]

IN ROYAL FASHION

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The Coronation Festival kicks off today in London, England.  In celebration of the 60th Anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Coronation, Buckingham Palace will open its gilded gate to welcome VIP guests and, to some events, the public. From July 11-14, this exciting 4-day event, hosted by Royal Warrant Holders Association, will bring together [...]

SALUTE TO INDEPENDENTS!

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Question: What do Janis Joplin, Diana Ross and the Supremes and Lady Gaga have in common? Answer: Before they became household names, they were independent artists with a dream of making it big. In this year’s installment of our annual “Salute to Independents” feature, we’re proud to shine the spotlight on some of the hottest [...]

MAIN COURSE

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BLACK BEAN SALAD Courtesy of Chef Arturo Vargas When the weather is warm, salads head to the front of the favorite food line.  But with a summer that lasts 3 months, it doesn’t take long to run out of ideas for making your salad pop.  Adding black beans, cilantro and basil will not only add variation [...]

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT: WOMEN IN FILM

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Independent Women…in Film! By Drew Dorsey During the month of July, Wiles Magazine revels in a month-long celebration of  independent thinkers, voices and expression. What better way to celebrate independent expression than with independent films?  But what exactly are independent films?  Independent films are typically created outside the major film studio structure. They tend to have a more [...]

PURSE STRINGS: MAKING MUSIC

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MAKING MUSIC WITH MIKE ELIZONDO By Teryl Warren You’ve seen the super stars in concerts and on award shows, but how much do you know about the people behind the scenes who help them get to the top of the charts? From musicians to songwriters and sound engineers, it takes a team of talented artists to [...]

WORLD VIEW: FEMALE DALAI LAMA?

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Dalai Lama Successor… Could  Be a Woman? By Rashida Wallace The dinner menu from a political fundraiser in Sydney, Australia recently went viral after many discovered the name of one of the entrées was the “Julia Gillard Kentucky Fried Quail: small breasts, huge thighs, and a big red box.” It seems that this menu item [...]