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A Timeline Of Birdman And Lil Wayne's Feud

VIBE compiles a timeline of Lil Wayne and Baby's beef, detailing its beginning and all that has happened in between then and now.

For as long as rappers have been laying down rhymes on wax, beef has always been part of the equation in hip-hop, and has manifested in some of the most epic battles between the greatest rappers of all-time. While many of these disputes were centered around rivalries between crews and amounted to bragging rights over who were the better emcees, as time progressed, beef also began to rear its head internally, causing legendary acts like Eric B. & Rakim, EPMD, A Tribe Called Quest and more to part ways due to friction between members. While those breakups occurred during the '90s, 20 years later, tension within crews and between group are still very much part of the conversation. One of the biggest grudges of the decade was the bitter feud between Lil Wayne and Cash Money Records, particularly the label's CEO, Birdman.

Signing to Cash Money as a youth, Lil Wayne was taken under Birdman's wing as a preteen and groomed for success, eventually becoming a star by the time he was 18 and putting the label on his back after the departure of his Hot Boys groupmates and in-house producer, Mannie Fresh. Ushering in a new era for Cash Money as the new face of the label, Weezy evolved into a force of nature, unleashing a string of classic mixtapes and platinum albums that translated into one of the most successful runs in rap history for an artist. All the while, he was cultivating his Young Money roster, which eventually introduced future icons like Nicki Minaj and Drake to the public.

However, while Lil Wayne and Birdman—who have referred to each other as father and son publicly on multiple occasions—have become synonymous with one another as any other pair of rap figures, in recent years, the two have been at odds. Lil Wayne alleges that he has been cheated out of millions of dollars and stifled creatively. After announcing that his twelfth studio album, Tha Carter V, would be his last in 2012, Lil Wayne went on to wage war with Cash Money and Birdman. The reason? Cash Money continuously pushed Tha Carter V's release date back, ultimately starting a present-day crusade for Weezy’s independence.

With all of the twists and turns in the cold war between the two, VIBE compiled a timeline of Lil Wayne and Baby's beef, detailing its beginning and all that has happened in between then and now.

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1. Lil Wayne Calls Out Birdman

On December 4, 2014, less than a week from Tha Carter V's intended release date, Lil Wayne hopped on Twitter to air his grievances with Cash Money Records after discovering the long-awaited album had been pushed back yet again. "I want off this label and nothing to do with these people but unfortunately it ain't that easy," the Young Money general wrote. "I am a prisoner and so is my creativity."

2. Lil Wayne Voices Frustration With Cash Money

Despite Lil Wayne's former manager Cortez Bryant playing down the bad blood between Weezy and Cash Money, the rapper continued his verbal assault on the label during a performance at Vice's 20th anniversary party on Dec. 6, 2014. While he didn't go into details, Wayne told the crowd, "I'm f**ked up in a bad situation, but I will be out of it soon," a foreshadowing of the eventual legal battle between the two parties.

3. Lil Wayne Files $51 Million Lawsuit Against Cash Money

On January 25, 2015, amid conflicting reports on the status of Tha Carter V's release, Lil Wayne announced a $51 million lawsuit against Cash Money, citing Birdman's violation of the terms of his contract by withholding the album from being released. The lawsuit also sought to terminate Lil Wayne's contract with Cash Money, as well as his roster of Young Money artists.

4. Lil Wayne Says He And Birdman Are Not On Speaking Terms

In an interview with Rolling Stone published on February 19, 2015, Lil Wayne revealed that he and Birdman were not on speaking terms, but avoided giving details on his $51 million lawsuit against Cash Money. However, the rapper did give an update on Tha Carter V, announcing that the momentarily shelved album had been completed. "It's super-done. Cake baked, icing on top, name on top, candles lit,” he said. “I would have released it yesterday if I could. But it's a dead subject right now. It's a jewel in the safe. It's that stash-house money."

5. Lil Wayne Disses Birdman In Young Money's "Up Next" Cypher

On March 14, 2015, Lil Wayne and Young Money released their "Up Next" cypher featuring Lil Twist, Hood, Euro, Flow, Cory Gunz and Gudda. In in, Wayne aimed a shot at Birdman: "And sang 'Hit Em Up' to my daddy's b***h a**," Weezy rhymed over a soulful backdrop, closing out the epic succession of stanzas with another reference to his disdain for his former mentor and partner in crime.

6. Lil Wayne Yells "F**k Cash Money" During Concert

The beef between Lil Wayne and Cash Money continued to heat up on April 2, 2015, when Tunechi made his feelings known about the label during a performance in Jacksonville, Florida. After shouting "f**k Cash Money" on stage, Lil Wayne's words spread through the hip-hop community like wildfire, giving a clear indication that the rapper had full intentions of waging war on the label he helped build.

7. Lil Wayne Moves Lawsuit From New York To New Orleans

In early April, Lil Wayne had moved his $51 million lawsuit against Cash Money from its original filing in New York to New Orleans, where the label is based. "The claims previously asserted by Lil Wayne and Young Money LLC against Cash Money for substantial monies owed and breach of fiduciary duty have not been settled and will be prosecuted in Louisiana as expeditiously as possible," a representative for the rapper said in a statement released shortly after the news broke.

8. Lil Wayne Disses Cash Money On A$AP Rocky's "M$"

In addition to pairing two of rap's biggest stars, A$AP Rocky's collaboration with Lil Wayne on “M$” was noteworthy for providing a platform for another Cash Money Records diss. By rapping, "I love my BMs/I love my YM/Ain't no more CM/Let's pluck out the stems," Lil Wayne makes it clear where his allegiances lie by denouncing his label.

9. Lil Wayne Signs With Tidal

On June 14, 2015, Lil Wayne announced that he had signed a streaming deal with Tidal, which eventually released his highly-anticipated Free Weezy project the following month, on July 4, 2015. “Rest in peace to the Cash Money Weezy, gone but not forgotten," the Hollygrove legend rapped on "He's Dead," one of the standout records from Free Weezy and Wayne's latest jab at Birdman and Co.

10. Lil Wayne Attempts To Remove Birdman From Young Money

On June 22, 2015, new legal documents surface revealing Lil Wayne's attempt to remove Birdman from any future dealings concerning Young Money, as well as his claim that Birdman has a history of not paying artists their royalties.

11. Birdman Allegedly Throws A Drink On Lil Wayne During Performance

During a performance at Club LIV in Miami on July 12, 2015, Lil Wayne was doused with drinks thrown from the VIP section of the club. That booth was alleged to have been occupied by Birdman and his entourage, accounting for yet another chapter in their heated feud.

12. Indictment Claims Birdman And Young Thug Conspired To Kill Lil Wayne

On July 15, 2015, an indictment was released claiming that Birdman and rapper Young Thug conspired to kill Lil Wayne in the tour bus shooting that occurred earlier that year. On April 26, 2015, shots were fired at Lil Wayne's tour bus as it pulled off from Compound nightclub in Atlanta. Many attributed the incident to the beef between Weezy, Birdman and his new protege, Young Thug. Although no one was injured in the shooting, Young Thug affiliate Peewee Roscoe was arrested in connection with the shooting and sentenced to 10 years in prison, followed by 10 years of probation after pleading guilty to six of the 27 counts. Despite Roscoe's claims that the shooting was a result of Birdman and Young Thug's beef with Lil Wayne, the two would not be formally charged with any crime in relation to the shooting.

13. Birdman Sues JAY-Z And Tidal For $50 Million

A day after the aforementioned tour bus shooting indictment, the mogul filed his own lawsuit against JAY-Z and Tidal for $50 million, claiming that Tidal's stream of the Free Weezy project was illegal due to Lil Wayne having no right to license his music.

14. Lil Wayne And Birdman Both Attend Drake's New Year's Eve Party

After spending 2015 at odds and embroiled in a bitter dispute, Lil Wayne and Birdman reunited for the first time in more than a year while the two were at Drake's New Year’s Eve party on January 1, 2016. Weezy appearing in an Instagram picture with Drake, Mack Maine, 2 Chainz and other members of the Cash Money/Young Money family. The moment resulted in whispers that the Baby and Wayne were in the beginnings of what could be a potential reconciliation between the two.

15. Lil Wayne and Birdman Appear Onstage Together

Rumors of Lil Wayne and Birdman attempting to work things out and bury the hatchet heated up after the two appeared onstage together at Club LIV. Birdman used the moment as an opportunity to profess his love and loyalty to Lil Wayne. "Family never die,” he wrote. “This my motherf**king son, and I'ma die for him, I'ma live for him, and I'll motherf**king kill for him. That ain't never changed. YMCMB for life." The moment made it seem as though their beef was a thing of the past.

16. Lil Wayne And Birdman Hit The Studio Together

On January 20, 2016, Birdman further fueled speculation that the legal battle between him and Lil Wayne was close to being settled by posting a picture of the two of them in the studio with Yo Gotti.

17. Lil Wayne Files $40 Million Lawsuit Against Universal Music Group

Just when Lil Wayne and Birdman appeared to be patching things up, on March 28, 2016, Lil Wayne filed a $40 million lawsuit against Universal Music Group, seeking to reclaim profits made from Young Money artists Drake, Nicki Minaj and Tyga. The lawsuit also alleges that Universal reportedly used most of Wayne's portion of the profits to cover the debt Birdman had built as a result of sizable advances given out at Cash Money, and seeks to reclaim those funds.

18. Lil Wayne Disses Cash Money On "No Problems"

Months after filing his lawsuit against UMG, Lil Wayne made an appearance on Chance The Rapper's Coloring Book track, "No Problems," where he publicly dissed Cash Money for the first time since him and Baby's brief January reconciliation. Although Wayne doesn’t mention Birdman or Cash Money by name, the lines "And if that label try to stop me/There gon' be some crazy Weezy fans waitin' in the lobby/Mula, baby," told listeners all they needed to know.

19. Lil Wayne Yells "F**k Cash Money" Again

During a performance at the 420 Rally in Denver, Colorado, Lil Wayne disparaged Cash Money Records yet again, yelling "f**k the bullsh*t and f**k Cash Money" while live on stage. Wayne's words coincided with rumors that negotiations to end Lil Wayne's legal battles with Cash Money had hit a wall, resulting in Weezy's renewed frustration with the label.

20. Lil Wayne Hints At Retirement

On September 3, 2016, Lil Wayne hinted at retiring from rap in a series of tweets, admitting that he'd been feeling "defeated" from his long-standing legal battle with Cash Money Records. Wayne later expounded on those comments during an appearance on Skip Bayless' show, Undisputed, on FS1. He revealed that it followed an argument with Birdman and vowed never to work with the mogul in any capacity moving forward.

21. Lil Wayne Accuses Birdman Of Misappropriating The $100 Million Young Money Advance

On September 18, 2016, Lil Wayne reportedly accused Birdman of taking over half of the $100 million advance UMG had initially given to Young Money, which the two had agreed to share. According to legal documents obtained by TMZ, Wayne alleged that Birdman took upwards of $70 million of the advance, when that money was truly for "royalties, marketing and recording expenses."

22. Judge Sides With Lil Wayne

On September 26, 2016, according to a report from TMZ, the judge in Lil Wayne and Birdman's lawsuit ordered that Birdman detail exactly how he spent the $100 million Young Money advance, marking a legal victory for Team Weezy.

23. Birdman Calls Off Lawsuit Negotiations

While Lil Wayne and Birdman inched close to a settlement in Wayne's $51 million lawsuit against Cash Money, on November 21, 2016, news broke that the label owner reportedly called off negotiations in response to Lil Wayne shouting out Roc-A-Fella instead of Cash Money during his performance of "I'm Me" at Camp Flog Gnaw that same month.

24. Rick Ross Releases "Idols Become Rivals"

On March 16, 2017, MMG boss Rick Ross sent shockwaves throughout the rap community with "Idols Become Rivals," a scathing takedown of Birdman from the rapper's ninth solo studio album. Taking offense to Birdman's mistreatment of Lil Wayne and other Cash Money artists and producers, Rick Ross tore into the mogul. Lines like, "You would give us self-esteem and motivate our drive/But was in our pocket by the time we count to five/I pray you find the kindness in your heart for Wayne/His entire life he gave you what that was the game/I watched that whole debacle so I'm part to blame/Last request: can all producers please get paid," mirrored the sentiments of a number of artists and fans in the hip-hop community. While Birdman didn’t immediately issue a response to the track, Lil Wayne publicly reached out to Ross via social media, thanking him for the gesture and considering it an inspiration.

25. Lil Wayne Accuses UMG Of Conspiring With Cash Money

On July 5, 2016, more than six months after negotiations between him and Birdman broke down, Lil Wayne filed an amended petition in a New Orleans court, which included Birdman and Ronald "Slim" Williams, as well as Universal Music Group. The petition sought over $40 million in actual damages and claims that Cash Money still didn’t pay him the $8 million advance owed for Tha Carter V. It also alleged that all parties are preventing him from receiving any profits he was due as a result of the success of Drake and Nicki Minaj.

26. Birdman Threatens Critics On Instagram Live

With a number of hip-hop figures, most notably Rick Ross, pledging their allegiance to Weezy and his quest for freedom, Birdman went on Instagram Live to address the dirt being thrown on his name. “I be hearing all you n***as talking about this Lil Wayne sh*t. Lil Wayne this, Lil Wayne that. B***h, Lil Wayne my son. I raised him. He ain’t have nothing. I brought him to be something and got something. B***h, you don’t think I’m gonna make sure he straight? Suck a n***a d**k, b***h. I'ma show all you p***y a** n***as that ever got in my business.”

27. Rick Ross Disses Birdman Again

Around the time of Birdman's IG tirade towards critics, Rick Ross poked his nose in his idol-turned-rival's dispute with Weezy, hopping on Snapchat to share his thoughts. "It just ran across my mind. And I said, 'Damn, I wonder if Birdman paid that man yet?' Pay that man. Pay that man," Ross said during the video, the second of two recent Snapchat videos disparaging Birdman.

28. Lil Wayne And Birdman Reunite

On March 11, 2018, Lil Wayne and Birdman reunited once again at Club LIV, the latest hint that their legal and personal issues with each other have the possibility of being resolved. The moment, which was caught on video and posted on social media, captured the two embracing each other in a brotherly hug and engaging in conversation in their first show of solidarity in over a year.

29. Lil Wayne Attends Birdman's Release Party

On March 31, 2018, Lil Wayne further fueled speculation that he and Birdman were back on good terms by attending Birdman's release party for the Before Anything soundtrack. Birdman posted a picture of himself with Weezy on Instagram, captioned:"#before anythang release party me and my son @liltunechi @birdman5star #YCMBEAST." Birdman returned the favor with another public show of allegiance to his protege. However, with Lil Wayne's lawsuits against Birdman, Cash Money and Universal Music Group still pending, only time will tell if their recent reconciliations will translate into an official truce between the two legends.

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Bill Withers' Greatest Hits: Remixed, Sampled And Covered

The recent loss of legends in jazz, soul and classical music have saddened the music industry and reminded us of their touching gifts to music. The passing of Manu Dibango, Krzysztof Penderecki, Ellis Marsalis Jr., Bucky Pizzarelli and Alan Merrill brought endless tributes from peers and fans with the recent loss of soul singer-songwriter Bill Withers doing the same.

With a mirage of hits, the iconic songwriter left his mark on music with the release of his debut album Just As I Am in 1971. "Ain't No Sunshine" put a spotlight on his songwriting while 1977's "Lovely Day" reminded the industry of his signature vocals. Withers released eight studio albums, one live album and garnered three Grammys for his powerful songs that gave hope and love to fans to this day.

Hip-hop and R&B have gained the most from Withers as his music went on to inspire records like "No Diggity" by BLACKStreet, "Roses" by Kanye West and other songs from UGK, Dr. Dre, Jill Scott and more.

Take a look at some of Withers' finest tunes covered, remixed and sampled below.

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8. “Lovely Day” | Menagerie (1977)

Sampled On: T.W.D.Y., “Player’s Holiday” | Derty Werk (1999) LunchMoneyLewis - “It's Gonna Be A Lovely Day” feat. Aminè | Pets 2 Soundtrack (2019) Swizz Beatz - “Take A Picture” |One Man Band (2007)

Standout: T.W.D.Y., “Player’s Holiday” | Derty Werk (1999)

Short for "The Whole Damn Yay," the group used Withers' sample while throwing a splash of The Bay's laid back flavor. With cameos from future legends like E-40 and Ray Luv, the single already embodied the best of R&B and hip-hop with guest verses from Too Short, Mac Mall and Otis & Shug. The mimosas and yacht are also a great touch.

Covered By: Jill Scott, The Original Jill Scott from the Vault Vol. 1 (2011) Alt-J, This Is All Yours (2014) Robert Glasper Experiment, Black Radio 2 (2013) Kirk Franklin, The Nu Nation Project (1998)

Standout: Kirk Franklin, The Nu Nation Project (1998)

Who was going to beat a chorus singing to the lordt? Franklin's take on the classic gives us stirring gospel and appreciation for Withers and God. There are plenty of covers that have lifted the same vocals as Withers, but the ones listed have put their unique spin on the track.

7. “Ain't No Sunshine” | Just As I Am (1971)

Sampled On: DMX - “No Sunshine” | Exit Wounds Soundtrack (2001) Lil B - “Up And Down” | Based Jam (2012) 2Pac- "Soulja's Story" |  2Pacalypse Now (1991)

Standout: DMX - “No Sunshine” | Exit Wounds Soundtrack (2001)

"No Sunshine" served as the only single from DMX's film alongside Steven Seagal, which gave everyone the perfect backdrop to the movie and X's intricate storytelling. Both the original and flipped version points out the dark elements of our lives. Withers penned the song after watching the film 1962 movie Days of Wine and Roses, he pondered over the toxicity in his life. "Sometimes you miss things that weren't particularly good for you," he said in 2004 to SongFacts. "It's just something that crossed my mind from watching that movie, and probably something else that happened in my life that I'm not aware of."

Covered By: Soul For Real | Candy Rain (1994) Michael Jackson | Got to Be There (1972) The Boris Gardiner Happening | Is What's Happening (1973) The Temptations | Solid Rock (1972)

Standout: Michael Jackson | Got to Be There (1972)

At 14, the future King of Pop gave a riveting cover of Withers' hit for his debut album, Got To Be There. From his vocal control throughout the track to the instrumentation, his cover takes the song to another level of heartbreak.

6. "Grandma's Hands” | Just As I Am (1971)

Sampled On: BLACKstreet - “No Diggity” feat. Dr. Dre and Queen Pen | Another Level (1996) Big K.R.I.T. - “I Gotta Stay” | K.R.I.T. Wuz Here (2010) Brother Ali - “Waheedah's Hands” | Champion (2004)

Standout: BLACKstreet - “No Diggity” feat. Dr. Dre and Queen Pen | Another Level (1996)

R&B heads are well aware of BLACKstreet's neverending ballads and the genius of Teddy Riley. But the pivot of their sound for their sophomore album Another Level was due to Withers and the William “Stylez” Stewart. Speaking to Fact Mag in 2017, the creator of New Jack Swing gave credit to Stylez for bringing him the sample of "Grandma's Hands."

“If he hadn’t played that sample for me, there would never be a ‘No Diggity’ And if he didn’t write it according to the melody I gave him so it would sound that way because I wanted it to sound funky,” he said. “I wanted it to be appealing to everyone, but mostly to women. I wanted every woman to feel like they were the ‘No Diggity’ girl and that song was about them and it came across. And now, still, today, that song plays and people are on that dancefloor.”

Covered By: Gil Scott-Heron, Reflections (1981) Merry Clayton, Merry Clayton (1971) Barbra Streisand, Butterfly (1974)

Standout: Gil Scott-Heron, Reflections (1981)

Gil Scott-Heron's version of the soul classic reminded us of his versatile talents. From spoken word to his vocal abilities, the Godfather of rap music always came through with his own sound and style. Reflections was one of four albums the late artist dropped in the 80s with critics looking to it as one of his finest projects. Other cuts from the album included "Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)" and "B Love."

5. "Use Me" | Still Bill (1972)

Sampled On: Kendrick Lamar - “Sing About Me, I'm Dying Of Thirst"  | Good kid, Maad City (2012) J. Cole- "Dollar And A Dream II" | The Warm-Up (2009) Leela James - “So Good" | Fall For You (2014) UGK - "Use Me Up" | The Southern Way (1992)

Standout: Kendrick Lamar - “Sing About Me, I'm Dying Of Thirst"  | Good kid, Maad City (2012)

Lamar's take on "Use Me" blended right into the themes of his debut album, Good kid, Maad City allowing the artist to create another world on the project. To make things even better, Lamar also sampled Al Green's "I'm Glad You're Mine" for the track.

Covered By: Grace Jones, Indigo Nights, Live (2008) Mick Jagger feat. Lenny Kravitz, Wandering Spirit  (2004) Issac Hayes, Dr. Dolittle Soundtrack (1998)

Standout: Mick Jagger feat. Lenny Kravitz, Wandering Spirit (2004)

On his third solo album, Jagger linked with Rick Rubin to test his creative energy, allowing him to work with Lenny Kravitz on their version of "Use Me." Colliding worlds was one thing but to hear Kravitz's vocals come in on the bridge, set the track apart from the rest.

4. “Kissing My Love” | Still Bill (1972)

Sampled On: J. Cole - “The Cut Off" featuring kiLL Edward  | KOD (2018) Dr. Dre - "Let Me Ride" featuring Snoop Dogg, RC and Jewell | The Chronic (1992) Masta Ace- "Movin On" | Take A Look Around (1990) Master P- "Bastard Child" | The Ghettos Tryin To Kill Me! | 1994

Standout: Dr. Dre - "Let Me Ride" featuring Snoop Dogg, RC and Jewell | The Chronic (1992)

"Kissing My Love" is one of most sampled from Withers catalog, thanks to its feverish drums. It's also why it fits into Dr. Dre's single and the G-funk era.

3. Grover Washington's “Just The Two of Us” featuring Bill Withers | Winelight (1981)

Sampled/Covered On:  Will Smith - “Just The Two of Us” | Big Willie Style (1997) Eminem- "Just The Two of Us" | Slim Shady EP (1997) Keri Hilson- "Pretty Girl Rock" | No Boys Allowed (2010)

Standout: Will Smith - “Just The Two of Us” | Big Willie Style (1997)

Touching and soulful, Smith's dedication to his eldest son Trey is just too cute for words.

2. “Let It Be” | Just As I Am  (1967)

The Original: The Beatles - “Let It Be” | Let It Be (1968)

"Let It Be" is a pretty special record. Aretha Franklin recorded a version a year before the release of The Beatles' version and Withers gave his take on the record in the 70s. Slightly faster, his upbeat take on "Let It Be" just hits different.

1. “Rosie” | Menagerie Re-Issue (1977)

Sampled On: Kanye West - “Roses” |  Late Registration (2005)

As the somber part of Late Registration, "Roses" brings us into Kanye's world where he contemplates the mortality of a loved one. It's a sentimental take on the sample and one of the artist's most underrated songs. It's also a hidden gem for Withers as it isn't featured on Menagerie's LP. It was added as a bonus track on

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Remain Calm: 5 Ways To Curve Negative Effects Of Coronavirus Isolation

Self-isolation during the coronavirus outbreak seems to be best practice in keeping our families and peers safe but it's also a shift in our normal social behavior. As millions of families around the country get adjusted to self-isolation, the state of our mental health and how our bodies react to the practice are changing by the day, especially lower-income and marginalized groups.

Speaking with Wired, John Vincent, a clinical psychologist at the University of Houston, shared how apathetic behavior can rise to the forefront, making space for anxiety and depression.

“People start getting lethargic when they don’t have positive inputs into their small worlds,” Vincent says. “We can expect depression to kick in, and depression and anxiety are kissing cousins.”

But the biggest reason behind the uneasiness isn't the self-isolation but just how long it will last. Details of COVID-19 are changing by the day with the most cases now coming out of New York. Yet, there's still little to no information on what happens next.

“Open, transparent, consistent communication is the most important thing governments and organizations can do: Make sure people understand why they are being quarantined first and foremost, how long it is expected to last,” Samantha Brooks of King’s College London told the outlet. “A huge factor in the negative psychological impact seems to be confusion about what's going on, not having clear guidelines, or getting different messages from different organizations.”

Uncertainty hitting low income and marginalized groups is also a problem within itself. As virtual parties and celebrities opening up on social media happen on a daily, there are people who might not access fun distractions on the web.

“Some people have posited technology as a means of connecting people, but lower-income groups might not even have FaceTime or Skype or minutes on their phone,” Thomas Cudjoe, a geriatrician researching the intersection of social connections and aging at Johns Hopkins University says. “People take that for granted, using their devices can be a strain on people’s incomes.”

To make self-isolation less than a bore or a daunting task, experts suggest creating a schedule to dictate control in your home.

1. Work It Out

Gyms are closed, but your home can be transformed into a personal training center. Use heavy bags for weights and if you can, create a playlist of workouts on YouTube. For those who have memberships for Blink or Peloton, the platforms have streamed their workouts on apps.

2. Mindful Meditation

Meditation isn't about dumping your thoughts, it's about staying aware and mindful. AQUA has developed online that leverages the power of "Mindful Meditation and Mobility Movements" for flexibility and fluidity in the body. Classes are free of charge but feel free to donate.

3. Take It Back To High School

Give your friends a call or indulge in a FaceTime party. Feel free to use the Wifi in your home to reduce the amount of data used on your phone. Lala Anthony held a too-cute FT birthday party for writer Kiyonna Anthony with a 70s theme. You can also find creative ways to hop on the phone with friends and family instead of constantly chatting about 'rona.

 

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4. Start A Journal

Journals just aren't for kids. The practice not only gives you something to do, but it fuels creativity and a new level of self-awareness. Former First Lady Michelle Obama recently developed Becoming: A Guided Journal for Discovering Your Voice, with over 150 inspiring questions and quotes that connect to key themes in her memoir. The journal will also help bring readers to terms with the importance of family and personal reflections as well as the goals they'd like to make a reality.

5. Have a Dance Party or Enjoy Lo-Fi Beats To Quarantine To

If you don't have data or battery power to watch a virtual DJ party, make your own. If you have to pull out your record player, do it! You can also hop on your favorite streaming service and create a playlist all your own.

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From Teen Sensation To Vocal Bible: Brandy's 15 Best Songs

September 27, 2019 marked the 25th anniversary of the multiplatinum self-titled debut album by one of R&B’s greatest voices, Brandy Rayana Norwood, or simply Brandy. She was already well on her way to stardom prior to her debut as a background vocalist for Immature and one of the stars of the short-lived ABC series, Thea. However, it was the album Brandy that set her on the path to tremendous success.

Since officially bursting onto the scene in 1994 sporting her well-known braided crown of glory, she has been a force to be reckoned with. She was handpicked by her idol, the late Whitney Houston, to portray the role of the first Black Cinderella in the 1997 film Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella. Her show Moesha was one of the longest-running black sitcoms. Brandy was also a CoverGirl in 1999 and became a friend of Barbie that same year when Mattel released the Brandy Doll. In music, she’s released six studio albums, sold more than 40 million records worldwide, headlined three world tours, and won more than 30 awards including seven Billboard Music Awards, a Grammy and the Soul Train Lady of Soul Award. Brandy deserves her flowers.

Let’s check out the top 15 songs that helped solidify Brandy as your favorite singer’s favorite singer (just ask Solange) and earned her the title of the “Vocal Bible.”

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