Over the weekend, I attended the 3rd annual CurlFest in Brooklyn, New York! Curlfest turned Prospect Park into the Mecca of all things natural hair and like most of these melanated summer festivals, the cameras are out, so looking cute was a must! The sun was shining, I was with my favorite curlfriends and we were ready to have fun!
It's no secret that I love love love summertime! Some people just don't appreciate the Summer like I do. The heat, the fun, the tan and the maxi sundress. Maxi dresses are, without a doubt a summer staple and are easy to transition into the fall (we'll talk about that when we get there)...
Today was the first summer like day of the year in NYC and Lord knows how bad I was waiting it to come! As much as I would have liked to really skin-out, the timing was wrong. It's a Wednesday, and the only island I was visiting was Manhattan island, so I had to find a way to simmer down my outfit in this sweltering heat. .
Pierre blessed me with a "Fist of Power" piece on my jacket and I cannot get enough. My style is pretty minimalistic when it comes to graphics and colors, so I think my new leather will fit well in my wardrobe. My jacket is perfect!
The weekends just end too soon. You spend all week thinking about the weekend (not unless you work retail), the weekend comes and before you finish your bottomless mimosa its already time to prepare for the following workweek. I had the Workweek Blues.
Marquelle Turner, 29, is the mastermind behind The New Stereotype, a movement dedicated to changing the way people of Color are seen and respresented in the media. The New Stereotype is a refreshing reminder that we are a beautiful people with lives that matter and stories worth telling. I had the opportunity to ask Turner a few questions about himself and his unique movement. Read our conversation below:
I sat there listening to people speak the exact words and feelings I have on issues regarding us as if it were coming from my lips. We were in an environment where you could be vocal, frustrated, and passionate about our own struggles and people were listening.
I told y'all in 2014 that Tyseem was a big deal! He is proof that hard work TRULY pays off. On July 1, 2016, Tyseem Lyles signed his first professional contract to the first division Rosa Radom team in Poland! Read his humble and inspiring words on his great accomplishment below.
It was a speech that was soo good you had to give it the stank face of approval. It was soo good it made me sweat! I had to keep rewinding the footage to make sure I didn't miss anything! By the end of his acceptance speech half the audience were already on their feet.
I met Kashief while working with Darrick Leak for his bow-tie line a few years ago and since then his work has always been a favorite. On a regular basis Kashief gives his followers (all 21,000 of us) a glimpse into the artistic lives of the beautiful creatives he's worked with. I wanted to know his story.
Nikita Gibson, 25, has dominated the worlds of entrepreneurship, beauty, philanthropy, and simply living life to the fullest everyday. During her first year of running a successful business, she started another one by debuting her very own hair extension line, Manè Diva Co. - DID I MENTION THAT SHES ONLY 25?!
I attended Dr. Gladstone H. Atwell Middle School 61 from 2004-2007 where I learned so much more than academics. MS61 has instilled the love of self, knowledge, art, theatre, literature, culture, and compassion in me. I fell in love with MS 61 and am forever in debt to everyone who played a part in molding me into who I am today.
This is Devonte Wong-Wai (Wong-Why). He is literally one of my oldest friends! I've known him almost 15 years and I'm super happy to feature him! Devonte gives back to the community in more ways than one! Devonte is the host and creator of ChiinoTv, a talk show introducing the world to the underground movers and shakers in music and art. And if he's not simply making us all laugh on social media, he's making every summer "the best summer ever" as a camp counselor of a non-profit organization. That's a lot of Black History to cover! Lets get started!
I kept my promise to #AltonSterling and did not watch the video of your final moments alive. I didn't know I would have to exercise that oath in less than 24 hours. Your birthday was coming up. You were probably talking about plans, playing I SPY with your daughter, or singing along to a song on the radio with your boo. Regardless of what you were doing, you were alive.
Haiti has been left for dead, but we are here. And we’ve always been here. That matters so much to me. "Nou led, nou la" is a declaration of perseverance and strength. As the world's first Black independent nation, Haiti will forever be known as the catalyst that changed the course of history for Africans everywhere, forever. However, quite frankly, we’ve heard it all before. As of lately, I have a new take on things.
I watched the video looking for the appropriating of said culture. When the video ended I thought "oh well it's a cool video" that's when I realized I didn't really know what culture appropriation was. In this post-apocalyptic Kardashian time that we are living in, let me be honest and say that I thought that cultural appropriation is when a white person copies something from any culture that is not theirs.
Isn't this the same guy who happily accepted a Grammy for best new Hip Hop artist, then posted a wack ass text message apologizing to Kendrick Lamar on Instagram saying K.Dot should've won instead of him? So I was already raising an eyebrow towards this whole thing.
n the rewake of #OscarsSoWhite and a steady growing Oscar boycott, there will always be people with opposing opinions. That's just normal. What is abnormal is Stacey Dash. Stacey Dash says there should be no Black History Month because there is no White History Month. Then had the nerve to bring up President Obama like people wouldn't have noticed the garbage that just spilled out of her mouth.
It is now 2016, and out of 88 years, only 16 years have seen African Americans walk away with an Oscars in-hand. We noticed last year that every nominee for every category was white, and there was an uproar, birthing the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite. There was a buzz to boycott the Oscars, but the buzz came and went. A year later and the Oscars are still white.
Some of us know every line in every episode of Law and Order:SVU. Some of us cant even watch that scene with Ebony in "The Player's Club". We've watched fictional stories and movies depicting rape, and we might know someone who's been sexually assaulted. Whether it took place yesterday, last week, or last year we need to begin treating these stories with great care because for these victims, their lives will never be the same. The act of rape is violating, demeaning, horrific and traumatic. Some people never heal from these experiences and their interactions in society are altered forever.
Cosby, 78, is a man who has worn many hats. He joined the Navy in 1956. He started in stand-up comedy in 1963, married Camille Hanks in 1964, moved on to his first role on television in "I Spy" in 1965, earned his Doctorate degree from University of Massachusetts of Amherst in ’76, and landed his (second) self-titled sitcom, The Cosby Show in ‘84. Throughout the ascend of his career, multiple women have come forth accusing Cosby of sexual assault. The number of accusation are numbered at 50+. Here are a few accounts: