STM Artist Of The Week Cecily

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@CecilyAlexa is a young vocalist and songwriter whose sweet soprano and honest lyrics have garnered attention and loyal fans not only in her native Washington DC, but also up and down the East Coast. Unmoved by passing trends, Cecily’s sound is rooted in a deep appreciation for mid-century soul and jazz, 90’s R&B, and re-imagined folk music. She describes her style as Acoustic Pop Soul, and has drawn comparisons to artists as distinct as Deniece Williams, Brandy, and Corinne Bailey-Rae.
Cecily spent more than ten years studying voice, primarily at the Peabody Institute, as well as singing in church and school gospel choirs, classical choruses, and a cappella groups. She is a 2012 graduate of Swarthmore College, with a degree in Political Science and Black Studies; however, her passion for performing and writing led her to make music her career.
Cecily has graced many stages and performed in front of audiences as large as 30,000. Beyond her hometown, she’s performed in Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston, Baltimore and New York City. She has played at the legendary Blues Alley, as well as The Hamilton, The Howard Theater, and Rockwood Music Hall. Singing the National Anthem has become a hobby of hers, having sang for professional baseball, basketball, and tennis matches, and even in front of First Lady Michelle Obama. The stage has become a second home for Cecily, and audiences can tell that she is at ease and happy there. “A little person even in heels, the D.C. born-and-raised singer glowed on stage,
the emotion of each song emanating from her face. The more Cecily sang,
the more enraptured her audience became.” – Jamie Brockway, blogger for Possettes
Cecily’s self-titled debut EP was released in May 2015. described her work as “soothing and nostalgic.” On this project she worked with Grammy award winning producer and arranger Benjamin Wright, famed songwriter and singer Vaneese Thomas, and DC rap legend tabi Bonney. “A brilliant, beautiful, and talented young lady, look out!” – Grammy award winning recording artist Patti Austin

Follow her on Instagram @CecilyAlexa

16 Cancer Causing Foods You Probably Eat Every Day

bigstock-Microwave-popcorn-25540439It’s probably not something you think about every day, whether or not the foods you are eating could contain carcinogens, but with almost 1.5 million people diagnosed with some type of cancer just last year, perhaps it’s time to look at what is in our foods that could be causing such a huge number of new cancer patients. Here is a list of the top 10 foods that you most likely consume every day that may contain carcinogens or be suspected of causing cancer.

1. Microwave Popcorn

Those little bags of popcorn are so convenient to just stick in the microwave, you wouldn’t think for a minute that they could be dangerous to your health, but they are.

First, let’s talk about the bag itself. According to Wikipedia, conventional microwave popcorn bags are lined with a chemical called perfluorooctanoic acid ( PFOA). This is a toxin you can find in Teflon also. According to a recent study at the University of California, PFOA is linked to infertility in women. Numerous studies in lab animals and humans show that exposure to PFOA significantly increases the risk of kidney, bladder, liver, pancreas and testicular cancers. You can read more about this substance and the above mentioned studies at

Now, let’s talk about the contents. Although every manufacturer uses slightly different ingredients, most of them use soybean oil (a GMO product) as well as various preservatives such as propyl gallate, a chemical that is causes stomach problems and skin rashes. Now they don’t actually say they are using GMO corn kernels, but that’s because the government says they don’t have to. Even if they don’t use GMO corn, you can bet they aren’t using organic corn!

Also, applied to the popcorn itself, is a chemical called diacetyl. Use of this chemical caused Conagra Foods to remove it from their brand of popcorn, ACT, because it was causing lung diseases in the workers at their factory.