SANDY, SAD GOES, NY STAYS!- By Fantasia

“No matter how bad the storm is, we will be there, together. No matter how bad the storm is, we recover, together. We are all in this together. We rise or fall as one nation and as one people.”
— Barack Obama

As New York City began its recovery from Hurricane Sandy, New Yorkers, Commuters, Tourist, Elite professionals, Televised TV Shows and others came together to support and give help to those who were and still at need. Take a look below to see some of the people who came together last Friday to help New York get back on their street!

Stars perform to help Hurricane Sandy victims

New Jersey natives Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi joined Sting, Christina Aguilera and other music stars on last Friday in a televised benefit concert to raise funds for victims of Sandy.

Seasame Street aired a very special episode for all of those people going through the devastating disaster of Sandy. The concept of the show was based on a hurricane that has swept through Sesame Street and everyone working together to clean up the neighborhood. When Big Bird checks on his home, he is heartbroken to find that the storm has destroyed his nest. Big Bird’s friends and neighbors gather to show their support and let him know they can fix his home, but it will take time. While everyone on Sesame Street spends the next few days cleaning up and making repairs, Big Bird still has moments where he is sad, angry, and confused. His friends help him cope with his emotions by talking about what happened, drawing pictures together, and giving him lots of hugs. They also comfort Big Bird by offering him temporary places he can eat, sleep, and play. Big Bird remembers all the good times he had at his nest and realizes that once it is rebuilt, there are more good times and memories to come. Finally the day has come where most of the repairs to Big Bird’s home are done and his nest is complete. As he is about to try it out, though, the city nest inspector says it not safe, yet, because the mud isn’t dry. Big Bird is sad that he has to wait another day, but Snuffy comes to the rescue and blows the nest dry and he passes the test! Big Bird thanks everyone for being his friend and helping to rebuild his nest and his home.

Through this hard time. lets all stick together, rebuild New York City and help those at need!

If you are looking for ways to donate and help, these are excellent resource-rich lists and links full of ways to help out including: volunteering, serving food, assisting with cleanup, donating blood, and sorting through donations:

Hurricane Sandy resources: How you can volunteer and donate

NY Cares – Hurricane Sandy Response Volunteer Projects

How To Help – Sandy Recovery

List of New York City shelters

NYC Food Trucks donating their food and time to devastated communities

and you can also donate directly to the Red Cross here:

Red Cross Disaster Relief

STAY SAFE, SUPPORT AND DONATE!

-Fantasia

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Happy Halloween, Have A New Identity, Candy, and FUN by Christopher N

Halloween, what can you say about this American holiday. For most people growing up as a child, this was either the best holiday or the second best holiday after Christmas or Hanukkah. You get to become someone you would like to be, you get to get free candy, and you get to have fun on either a school night or more fun over the weekend.

For me Halloween was the start of decorating the house season. It was time to go to the store and get a lot of spiderwebs, feet, hands, skeletons, blood, ghosts, witches, vampires and Frankenstein. Outside in the front yard was so cool growing up, because many of my neighbors didn’t decorate as much. This was up from the beginning of October and it was great to anticipate Halloween. One decoration I can not forget was a giant Frankenstein that had to be stuffed, he made noises, and I thought it was the greatest thing even though he just sat down. It was great to see people reaction when they came trick or treating. But the worst part was taking it all down =( 

On a positive note, dressing up was the greatest. My elementary school always had this parade that we did every year. We would march around the school’s neighborhood. We came to school in our uniform and after recess we would come inside and get dressed. It was great walking into class with your new costume and once everyone was done, we will begin the march. When the march was over it was PARTY TIME, unfortunately there   were no alcoholic beverages, but if kids did that, that would not be pretty. This party included cupcakes, candy, chip and toys; it sounded cooler then than now. 

Today, my Halloween experience goes up and down. Sometimes I want to celebrate and other times IDGAF, this year is one of those IDGAF Halloween. With how the weather is now, I’m not tempted to dress up. But past Halloween were great because now I had alcoholic beverages and nothing is funnier than seeing The King from Burger King having a fun time at a party.  

Halloween is the greatest for children and even for adults that enjoy having that spirit. Its a time to loosen up and enjoy life and be funny, but you must be careful of the dangers. Have a Happy Halloween and be safe and have fun.

CUFFING SESSION EXCLUSIVE: The Dos and Don’ts of getting the guy before the winter season by Fantasia

Reggie Bush and Kim Kardashian joint photoshoot for GQ April 2009

As the fall weather begins to crisper, we ladies are going to need someone to keep us warm at night. Ladies, it’s that time of year again: Cuffing Season. During the Fall and Winter months people who would normally rather be single or promiscuous find themselves along with the rest of the world desiring to be “Cuffed” or tied down by a serious relationship. The cold weather and prolonged indoor activity causes singles to become lonely and desperate to be cuffed, which is known as Cuffing Season.

To ensure that you have the most enjoyable and fulfilling experience throughout this season’s festivities, I advise that you enter equipped with a clear understanding of the Do’s and Dont’s of the procedures to get ‘Mr. Perfect.’

Ready? Let’s begin with the basics.

Cuddle.

The Dos:
DO let him know your boundaries.
DO find somebody that you get along with.
DO know what you are getting into.
DO continue to be a happy, independent woman.
DO be prepared to put in work.

The Don’ts:
When it comes to cuffing season, DON’T worry about labels.
DON’T try to hard to impress.
DON’T move too fast and get comfy.
DON’T use texting to discuss your relationship.
DON’T compare your cuffing buddy with your ex.
DON’T pretend your relationship is something more than it really is.
Do you actually participate in cuffing season, Dolls? If so, how do you prep for it?

Tweet me your answers at @FantasiaNYC

Written By: Fantasia Hunt