Christine Reidhead, Founder and CEO of AfrikRising: My best role is a Mom!

Educator and Humanitarian, Christine Reidhead, is an Assistant Professor and the Founder and CEO of the Nonprofit Organization, AfrikRising. The youngest of five children, she was born in Mesa, Arizona to Phyllis and Daniel Cluff. Christine is a native of Benson, Arizona, where she learned the importance of hard work and dedication. She had the pleasure of growing up in a great and supportive community. Today, she works at Navajo Technical University as an Assistant Professor of Business and Program Manager for the Department of Transportation Grant. She is also a Business Department Chair and Faculty Vice President. 

Alongside these roles, Christine serves her own nonprofit organization, AfrikRising, which provides critical resources to the children of Africa who face starvation, educational limitations, and health disparities. Whether it is in her own local community or multiple populations across the world, it has always been her desire to help others, especially children. She also hosts her own podcasts, which focus on nonprofits, advocacy, the Tribal College Movement and sports talk. She just published her Tribal College Movement Podcast with the Tribal College Journal.

Outside of this and her career, she works tirelessly in serving as a positive example for her two amazing sons. It is her mission to make certain that they always know the importance of education and feel the joy of helping those who need it most. 

We decided to meet this inspirational woman and ask her about her life, career and dreams. 

CL: Hi Christine, how are you feeling today? 
CR: I’m doing great, thank you!

CL: It is always a pleasure to meet woman that inspire, and you are definitely one of them! You have so many roles: being an assistant professor, faculty vice president, serving a non-profit organization for helping children in Africa and being a mom of two. What role do you consider the most important of all? 
 Definitely, being a mother. My boys are amazing and I love being an important part of their lives. They are growing up too fast!

CL: You’ve been born in a large family with five kids. Was it tough being the youngest? 
I had older brothers and a lot of male cousins so I had to hold my own, but I loved it! It instilled toughness in me and a sense of fight.

CL: What is the warmest memory from your childhood? 
 I was always involved in sports and really loved the relationships I built through that.

CL: Do the values from your family play an important role in your active necessity to support others and help people that have less than you? 
I loved being raised in the Benson and Pomerene communities. I grew up among many great families that just embraced me and helped me grow. To a certain extent they did, but even from a very young age, I felt the need to help others. 


CL: You founded AfrikRising that provides critical resources to children in Africa. How did you come up with this idea? 
My family and I have been going to Mexico for the past 30 years to enjoy the environment, and, to serve. We were doing a service project at the beginning of the year in Mexico, and I happen to tell some of my friends in Africa about it. They told me of the struggles they faced every day and how it was worse than what Mexico was experiencing. It moved me so much that it made me want to make a difference and start some service projects there.


CL: What was your way from idea to the actual AfrikRising creation? Did you have people who guided you in this journey? 
 I just did A LOT of research. Typically, in everything I do, I go out and teach myself. There is so much good online information that is easily accessible. So, I just immersed myself in learning and basically, taught myself how to start the process. I have worked with several nonprofit organizations, which have given me the experience and knowledge on how to operate an organization. I’m very passionate about nonprofits as they are helping those in need.

CL: What would you recommend to a person who has a brilliant idea for a non-profit organization, but does not know where to start? 
 Do your research. Reach out and connect with some nonprofits and ask a lot of questions.

CL: Could you tell us more about the activities of the AfrikRising foundation? What kind of support did you manage to provide already? 
CR: We’ve gone into several orphanages and schools and help provide relief and basic necessities.


CL: What are the future projects of the foundation? 
CR: We are currently raising funds to start a trades school in Nigeria. We want to provide something sustainable, where Africans can help other fellow Africans out of poverty. Most of our board members are educational professionals and are very passionate about the project. We feel this will certainly provide positive outcomes for the people.

Read the full interview in December issue of "Cosmo Life". 


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Ugo Lanaro. American dream: from ashes to fame

Paris-born in  an artistic family of a producer Mick Lanaro and iconic hair stylist Valerie Gerin, the world would say that little boy Ugo had it all. Ironically, his life was far from being perfect. Often rejected and having no friends in childhood with rare mom’s attention and having not seen his father for years, the boy was left by himself. Early enough, Ugo grabbed the his life by the horns and took independence in everything he did. He travelled the world alone: lived in Singapore, Spain and France and NY, USA. He’s always had a passion for music. Following his dream, he released the first single “I’am away” with a great success. On his rise to success, there is only one thing he never did: Ugo never took anything for granted.

CL: Hey, Ugo, great to have you! How are you today? 

UL: Thank you for having me that’s an honour ! 

CL: You’ve released “I am away” which hit more than 20k stream views. That’s quite a bit for the first track! What was your inspiration? 

UL: I’ve always been kind of in the clouds and away from reality which can be a default or a quality it depends. Growing up I learned how to embrace some of my defects and …yeah made a song out of it. 

CL: You reflected a lot in the song about survival and not giving up. Does it has a dedication? 

UL: Yes this song meant a lot for me, when I started music a lot of people considered that I wasn’t good enough or should sing in French or even said it was too hard. That was a challenge, I wanted to achieve it and talk about the subjects that built me growing up such as what you mentioned. Not giving up.

CL: Despite being a “golden kid” of famous parents, in reality you had quite a very difficult childhood. You’ve got your independence too early, suffered harasments and drug problems. How did you manage to get away of those and not give up? 

UL: growing up I unfortunately lost a good friend of mine who suicided and gave up. This event confused me a lot and made me realise at the same time that life is a test, it’s a war. You either win or loose but in both case you will eventually have to fight for it. I just realised that my life was waiting for me to change in order to progress and change. And not the other way around. 

CL: You are releasing a new single “Sober”. Does it reflects your experience of substance abuse and getting clean? 

UL: Correct. It’s also a way for me to confess. Music is a therapy for me allowing me to just say straight what I do and what I feel. 

CL: You’ve not seen your father since early  childhood. Would you like him to be more present in your life? 

UL: Good question. I used to suffer a lot from it. But today I’m older and you know.. When you don’t have any connection with someone it’s like a stranger so I don’t really miss him. He chose to give up on me I have an awesome mom that I love more then anything and that’s all I need. 

Read the full interview in December issue of "Cosmo Life".

Meet Todd Barrow, Texas Based Independent Country Artist

Cosmo Press presents an exclusive interview with a Texas based independent Country artist, Todd Barrow. Get to know more about Todd Barrow and be sure to visit his website after our interview:

CP: What made you decide to jump into the music industry or music business?

Its in my blood. I was born in a musical family and at a early age began performing both instruments and vocals. Another reason is the adventure involved with the music industry. No other thrill like it.  

CP: What do you think makes you stand out from all the other aspiring and upcoming artists in your genre of music?

I was called to do this as a artist/musician/songwriter. Fueled with a passion like a Nascar driver or a bull rider. Music is constantly in my heart and spills over into great country music. Competition makes me work harder to be my best.

CP: If you could collaborate with ANY artist/band… Who would you choose and why?

I would like to collaborate with a variety of artist but here are a few. Blake Shelton, Dolly Parton, Kenny Chesney and Neil Diamond.

CP: What do you think is your biggest Advantage and your biggest Disadvantage about being an Indie artist?

Love all these questions! My biggest advantage is the freedom to self manage my music career. Disadvantage is capital that the big labels acquire for their artist.      

CP: Do you prefer the Independent route or would you rather sign to a major record label, and why?

I see the benefits for both being a Indie artist and a signed artist. I would be open minded to signing with a major record label if the terms were agreeable. The integrity of my music and staying close to my roots Is important.

CP: Out of all the songs you’ve released, what do you think is your Best song and why?

My best song is Guadalupe River. Inspired by true events and recorded with some cool musicians formally with Miranda Lambert. 

CP: Do you miss the era of CD sales OR do you prefer the new wave of music streaming?  Explain…

Totally miss the CD sales era. Streaming is only making the Big companies richer!!! CD’s are more personal in my opinion.

CP: Between creating in the studio OR performing live on stage, which is your most enjoyable one and why?

I enjoy all the dynamics of studio recording and a place to get creative in production. However I would rather be on a stage in front of a live audience. The energy level is so much better!!!

CP: During your entire journey through the music business, what would you consider your Worst experience?

My worst experience would have to be dealing with some owners at a bar that made me get off stage because they wanted a certain sound of country. Mind you the crowd was going crazy and rushed the stage to get me back up there. Wrote a song called, “Concho Palace” soon to be released.   

CP: What would you consider your most successful or proudest moment in your music career, so far?

My proudest moment actually happened a few weeks ago in Nashville. I was asked to perform at the George Jones for a charity event. It was called Kickin Cancer in honor of a young female country artist who has leukemia.  

CP: If any, what discourages you the Most about music industry these days?

Wow! This could take awhile but in a nutshell a lot of talented people are not getting in the game. It is so overcrowded and hard to find your place. This is from talking with discouraged artist when I’m out performing.  Need more depth in songwriting. Take time to really prepare a song before releasing it.      

CP: What inspires you the Most about the music industry these days?

The endless opportunities to go global. Access to the same tools & processes that Major labels use. That is good news for the Indie artist.

CP: If you wasn’t in the music business or industry, what do you think you would be doing with your life instead?

I think I would be a veterinarian.  Sounds funny I know but I adore my dog, cat, chickens and parakete.

CP: What is your latest release and where fans can find it?

“Hell and Back” is my latest country release. Available on all digital stores such as I-Tunes, Amazon, Spotify and Pandora.

CP: What is on your agenda or what can fans expect to see from you in 2019?

I’m working on releasing an EP this year. Speaking with music supervisors about song placement in TV/Film with companies like HBO, Netflix, ESPN and Paramount Pictures.  

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Exclusive interview is with Hiroki Ohsawa

Our exclusive interview is with Hiroki Ohsawa, LA-based Japanese film director. Hiroki’s directed movie “The Alc-Man” is just released and available online. The movie won 1 award and 5 nominations at film festivals, and was screened at TCL Chinese Theater, the most iconic landmark in Hollywood. Today, Hiroki confessed the source of the imagination and the way of story visualization.

Hiroki Ohsawa studied filmmaking and media literacy at Waseda University in Japan. While still at school, he directed and produced two award-wining documentaries. After working as a Consumer Toy Sales Operations in Bandai Namco Group, Hiroki moved to Los Angeles and earned his MFA in filmmaking at the New York Film Academy. His works have earned him 7 awards, including Best Drama from the LA Shorts Awards, and have been nominated for 10 awards.

CP: Hi Hiroki, congratulations on your movie “The Alc-Man”! 
HO: Thank you so much, and thanks for having me!

CP: Can you please explain the story of the movie?
OH: It’s about a superhero called Alc-Man who transforms by drinking alcohol to save the world from alcoholic monsters. After his arch nemesis Booze The Great comes back from Alcohol Hades, a retired Alc-Man is forced to train his rebellious minor daughter to follow in his footsteps in order to protect herself. So, the story is pretty much about the relationship between the father and the daughter.

CP: The concept of “The Alc-Man” is unbelievably unique. How did you come up with the brand-new idea?
HO: I don’t think that’s brand-new, actually. I just combined a few well-known ideas in one in my style. Here is the thing. Can you imagine a non-existent new color? No, it’s impossible. However, you can make a new mixed color with the unique combination of existent colors. That’s what I did in “The Alc-Man”. Power Rangers was one of the products when I was working at a toy company, and I had experienced heavy drinking parties consistently since I was a university student. I put those two factors, superhero and alcohol, together and it was a new combination which no director has ever done before.

CP: After creating an amazing story, the next step is visualizing it as a director. How did you do that?
OH: I believe everything in the screen must have a reason to be there, and color is one of them. The alcoholic father and the hot-blooded daughter have wounded relationship at the beginning of the movie, so I used toxic green for the father and bloody red for the daughter as their theme colors, especially wardrobes. Green and red are opposite colors and describe a rupture between them. When the father and the daughter fight together against their arch nemesis at the end of the movie, the father’s superhero suit glows yellow. According to the three primary colors of light, it becomes yellow when green and red are mixed. That describes their relationship is eventually restored in harmony.

CP: You designed and made the superhero costumes by yourself. Did you also have a reason for the design?
Oh yeah. Please look at the design of the title logo and the glowing lines on the superhero suit. They match.

CP: Are you working on different projects?
I directed a Japanese language educational web series “NihonGO NOW!” supervised by Mari Noda, Professor of The Ohio State University last March in Japan. Next year, the videos will be available online and a textbook series by the same name will be published from a major publisher in Oxford, England. I’m also working on a feature film and a TV series as a director, but they’re still in the confidential pre-production phase. Hope I will announce something about them soon!

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Nish Dubashia is a gifted author with a brilliant mind who was invited at the age of 24 to discuss his work with Albert Einstein’s scientific successor. We are happy to interview him here about his life and work.
CP: You recently published a book entitled “The Unity of Everything: A Conversation with David Bohm”. What is this book about?
It is essentially a conversation that I had with David Bohm, one of the world’s greatest theoretical physicists, and the man whom Albert Einstein considered to be his intellectual successor, about a model of reality that I created when I was a mathematics student at the University of Warwick.
CP: You constructed a model of reality. Can you tell us a little bit more about this model?
Well, I had been studying the world’s religions for many years, and started to notice some deep underlying similarities between them. They all seemed to have a similar metaphysic about how the universe we perceive emerges out of an underlying energy or consciousness of some kind, and how we can return to or rediscover that energy or consciousness in our own journey or experience. I also started to see similarities between this metaphysic and some of the discoveries of modern physics, particularly in the writings of David Bohm. So this led to me trying to formulate the most simple or essential version of this metaphysic in modern language that I thought was possible.
CP: You were a very gifted student in school and university, so your interest in Mathematics and Physics must have stemmed from that. But how did you become so interested in religion?
I lived in India for the first few years of my life, and was introduced to Hindu mythology by my grandfather. After coming to the UK, I was given a Bible by my best friend at school and found myself becoming absorbed in Jewish and Christian stories too. As I got older, this interest became more serious and more philosophical, and my interest in Mathematics started to motivate me to look for patterns of commonality across the different religions that could be neatly and even geometrically modelled.
CP: Your interest in religion hasn’t only been academic. You have also been a serious practitioner of the spiritual traditions for many decades now. How did that come about?
When I was a student at Warwick, I lived just about one hundred metres away from Chee Soo, who at the time was the UK’s foremost Taoist master. I started to learn Tai Chi Chuan and Taoist meditation from him, and realised that spirituality wasn’t just about reading books. It was, more importantly, about personal transformation. I later started practicing Theravada Buddhist meditation with monks from nearby Leamington Spa, who would periodically visit the university. And, when I later started working in London, I continued my studies and practice in the context of Tibetan and Zen Buddhism. I have tried to be quite dedicated with my practice, and have only missed four days practice in nearly thirty years. Those four days were when I was in hospital having surgery.
CP: Wow, that is very dedicated. And how did the meeting with David Bohm come about? I mean, how does one end up discussing the secrets of the universe with Einstein’s protégé?
I guess that one just has to be an over-confident youth. What happened is that I wrote a detailed 80-page paper developing the model and showing its correlations with the different spiritual traditions of the world, as well as with modern physics, and sent the paper to David Bohm, who was Professor at Birkbeck College in London. I honestly didn’t expect to hear from him. But about two weeks later, I received a phone call at home asking for a “Professor Dubashia” and it was David Bohm himself inviting me to discuss my paper with him at his offices in London. Obviously, I took the day off work and went. I would have probably left my job for such an opportunity.
CP: How did the meeting actually go? Anything particularly memorable?
Well, I was quite nervous talking to one of the world’s great intellects, but Bohm was very gracious in addressing my questions and suggestions. For me, there were two real highlights of the meeting. Firstly, he told me that many people attempt to create models of reality similar to mine, but that many such attempts are quite incoherent. However, he believed that mine was quite coherent in comparison. Secondly, when I asked him at the end of the meeting how I should proceed to develop the model further, he said that the way to proceed would be to put the implications of the model into practice, and this provided, for me, a huge impetus to continue with my meditation practice even more seriously, which I have done to this day.
CP: Can you tell us a bit more about your actual model?
The crux of the model is that there is an underlying Wholeness or Unity behind the apparent world of separate things and events. Mind and matter both emerge out of this Wholeness as relatively separate entities or processes, and their interaction then creates the apparently real manifest or observable world of differences and distinctions. Unfortunately, the mind often carries on this process beyond where it is helpful or necessary, and this leads to conflict and disorder within the world and within oneself. Ultimately, even the distinction between Wholeness and Multiplicity is not absolute, since both of these emerge out of a deeper Ground of all Being, which is the Source of Everything.
CP: And how does all of this relate to spirituality?
Well, the entire spiritual journey or process can effectively be seen as a movement back from the normal fragmentation of this world to healthy multiplicity, and then from healthy multiplicity back to the original Wholeness again. And, in some rare cases, highly enlightened beings may once again even go back to the Source or Ground of Everything.
CP: Now you talk in your book about some kind of enlightenment experience that you yourself had in 2007. Can you tell us a bit more about that?
Well, I don’t want to make any big claims, so I say all of this quite tentatively and I completely understand if some people may respond with scepticism. In June 2007, I had gone out for a meal with my wife, and we were sitting outside a restaurant near a lake. Suddenly, something seemed radically different, and I slowly realized that my mind had stopped. No thoughts, no feelings, just a kind of pure perception of the world around me. This was accompanied by a sense of great joy or great relief that my mind was no longer generating any of the normal chatter, much of it negative and problem-making, that most of us perpetually suffer from. Over the coming days and weeks, this condition or state intensified until I felt as if there were blissful energies pouring down on me from above through the top of my head, down the front of my body, and back up the spine. And I was able to simply watch this whole process occurring without being involved or implicated in it in any way, as if it were happening to someone else. And when I looked around me, it was obvious that everything and everybody around me were not ultimately different from who I was. The sense of being a separate self was gone. There was only a simple Wholeness, and I was that Wholeness. And I remained in this state, 24/7, for about six months.
CP: This sounds quite extraordinary. And are you still in that state?
Occasionally. But it is rarely as intense, and never as permanent as it was during the second half of 2007. However, it is still implicitly there in the background in some sense. I think that an experience or realization of that kind can never completely leave you. And what is even more interesting is that a couple of close friends who are also long-term spiritual practitioners have said quite explicitly that they have felt a sense of that realization themselves on occasion when they have been in my company. So maybe an experience of that kind can almost be contagious in some sense to people who are open to it.
CP: And where do you go from here?
Well, hopefully I will be able to continue meditating for the rest of my days whilst continuing more detailed study of the spiritual traditions. I have developed a much more detailed model of the spiritual traditions in three-dimensions which even has potential predictive capacities in relation to how these traditions may continue to evolve in quite specific ways. A colleague and I are writing about this, and maybe a huge book about this will one day see the light of day. Now I think that could really have an impact.
CP: Thank you very much for your time, Mr Dubashia.
You’re very welcome.
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Mick Mill: the hottest and most successful rapper from Philadelphia

Meek Mill loves motorcycles the same way Mick Fanning (Australian surfer - approx.) Loves big waves. Or how Jimmy Chin (National Geographic photographer - approx.) Likes to climb a four-mile cliff. This is a dangerous hobby, because of which he may one day cripple or even die. Although, if you knew how much violence and death he saw in his youth, you would not attach much importance to this. “This is the only time I feel at peace,” he says, “to ride on the rear wheel and accelerate to 60 miles per hour. Just ride with your bros. No gangster bullshit. This is ... freedom that you can’t get anymore. ”

Mick is the hottest and most successful rapper from Philadelphia in the last two decades. He has millions of sales, several high-profile beefs and a break with Nicki Minaj. He twirls a pack of noodles from a vending machine in the Chester County Prison Visitor Room. This is a rather confined place: men in orange robes are sitting with their loved ones, deprived of the opportunity to lean closer to touch them. Involuntarily there is sadness. Mick, by his own decision, rejects all visits from anyone except his lawyers and several friends. “I will not let them come,” he says of his family, very large and incredibly united. They all live 15 miles from the walls of this prison. “If they see me like this, with a matted beard and a shaved head, then I will reconcile myself to being here. And I’m not going to do it. ”

Read the full interview in "Lounge Club" November Special!


Gisele Bundchen cover girl of "Cosmo Chic"

Gisele Bundchen shares her beauty secrets for "Cosmo Chic" November issue!

CC: Your everyday makeup... 

GB: Chanel Mascara and RMS Hygienic Lipstick.

CC: And the most shocking?

GB: For me, the only reason to “kill” make up is Halloween.

CC: Three cosmetic products you can’t live without…

GB: Concealer cream and RMS hygienic lipstick, Chanel Les Beiges powder.

CC:  What cosmetics will you never use?

GB: I think I tried everything - this is my job.

CC: Share the secret of beauty that is known only to Brazilians.

GB: Drink water with natural coconut milk.

Read full Tips&Tricks and enjoy Giselle's beautiful pictures in "Cosmo Chic" November issue.

A History Of Country Music

Musicians have long been playing fiddle music in the Appalachians for years, but it wasnít until 1927 in Bristol, Tennessee that the first recording country music recording deal was signed. In this year, Victor Records signed Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family.

Jimmie Rodgers was born in Meridian Mississippi, in 1897. Originally he worked on the railroads until his ill health got the better of him and it was only during this time that he followed his earlier love of entertaining. In 1927 he followed word that Victor Records were setting up a portable recording studio and made his way there. He was immediately signed and continued recording and playing music until he died in 1933.

In 1965 he was one of the very first musicians to be added to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1961 along with Hank Williams and Fred Rose. On the same day as Jimmie Rodgers signed with Victor Records, so did the Carter Family, who would become one of the most famous country music bands of all time. They remained with Victor Records until 1936. Not even divorce could separate the band though and they continued to record with Decca until 1939. Things started to hit a rough patch at this stage and despite signing for Universal and eventually Victor Records again, the band split in 1941.

It is widely acknowledged that that big day in 1927 was the introduction of country music to the rest of the country. Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family were met with huge critical acclaim and became incredibly popular helping to sell a great many records. Country music singers and bands of today will often talk about the Carter Family or Jimmie Rodgers as being their major influence and with very good reason.