Kim Shine

Kim Shine

Kim Shine is a GlossMagazineOnline (GMO) staff writer. A multimedia journalist, she has reporting experience in entertainment journalism, health and local reporting. Kim is currently pursuing her MS in Journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. She has written for Medill News Service, the Northwest Indiana Times, Level-Up Magazine and Chicago Hip Hop Connects.

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For most teenagers and young adults, owning your first car offers a level of independence incomparable to many other experiences. So, there is nothing wrong with wanting the car of your dreams. But depending on your situation, there can be a difference in what you need versus what you want. To help ease the decision-making process, here are a few tips to consider when buying your first ride.

Sleep is a transitory occasion for 30-year-old entrepreneur and business owner Lara Phillips. As an artist, graphic designer, photographer and social media maven (four hats of many), her days and nights are one. Aside from the four-hour naptime her body forces upon her, she’s always working, finding new ways to reach her goals.

Growing up in the inner-city of Grand Rapids, Mich., Kris Mathis says he had a few mentors. There weren’t many who sheltered his eyes from drugs, gangs and violence, and even less who explained to him the power of dreams. Through his love of reading and his strong faith, Kris eventually discovered his path. Yet, as a motivational speaker and now as an author, he never imagined a life so fulfilling.

As we approach World AIDS Day on December 1, which promotes the education and healthy living among people living with HIV, this year introduces some advancement in medicine that can alter the lives of people living with HIV virus, as well as provide more knowledge about the disease.

With unemployment rates and gas prices fluctuating more than some Hollywood marriages, the last thing women need to stress over is the price of hair care. Yet, before the recession, a constant debate existed over whether natural hair is more or less expensive to maintain than a relaxed mane.

“Nobody’s mother teaches you that this is a career,” visual artist Kaori Nik states of her work in the fashion and art industries. At 24, her portfolio is impressive. Boasting of a successful gallery exhibit, and collaborations with world-renowned “creatives,” Kaori is on the path to celebrity herself.