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Fly.

#JadaPinkettSmith #Goals

Jada is fly in the latest issue of America Way Magazine.

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Pinterest Pinings

It’s been a minute since I’ve gathered all of my favorites from across the web. But My Pin boards needed a little freshening up, so have fun browsing my updated boards.

be sure to follow all of my boards on Pinterest for a little jolt to your daily inspiration.

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The Hotness: Grown Up Ice Pops

For real. Because it’s crazy hot in New York Right now.

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Paddle-Style Ice Pop Mold, $45, The Tickle Trunk

And if you needed the perfect recipe, I’ve found that too:
From FineCooking.com:

Mojito Ice Pops

Ingredients:
3/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh mint leaves
2/3 cup fresh lime juice
2 cups sparkling water
2 10-ounce bags frozen fruit pieces (choose raspberries, blueberries or diced mango or melon-or practically any fruit that suits your fancy)

Directions:
Measure the sugar into a food processor. Add the mint and pulse until the mint is finely chopped. Scrape the sugar into a large bowl and add the lime juice and sparkling water, stirring until the sugar is dissolved.

Divide the frozen fruit pieces among 20 ice pop molds, then fill with the lime mixture, leaving about 1/4-inch head space for expansion. Secure the lids, insert the sticks through the holes, making sure that they’re straight and that 1-1/2 to 2 inches remains exposed (for easy grasping). Slide the molds into the freezer.

When the ice pops are firmly set (this will take a couple of hours in most freezers) they’re ready to serve. Remove the lids from the molds, then either squeeze the sides of each mold to free the pops or run the mold under warm water to release them.

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Lavish Beauty: Inspiring Beauty Looks

Sometimes I forget to applaud the beauties that I see across social media as I scroll through Instagram timelines. But I just wanted to take a moment and shout out a few beauties that inspired me today:

1) @colordujour

 

2) @simplycyn

3) @lalahhathaway

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4) @lydiarenes

 

5) @dom_la

When you take your weave out and your hair is still healthy! Thanks @hairbyjamequa A photo posted by Dom (@dom_la) on

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We’re Feeling You, Janet

Current mood right now. Anyone else get a That’s The Way Love Goes vibe in the new Janet video for No Sleep?

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Watch:

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Now Stop.

#Jlo #SheBad

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Carry On.

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Sandra Bland Did Not Commit Suicide

You do not have the right. You do not have the right to do this.
-Sandra Bland

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The findings from Waller County, Texas’s own officials that ruled Sandra Bland’s death a suicide, make me sad, sick, and now, terribly fearful. Watching the video of her arrest, it was very clear that Bland knew her rights, and spoke with the education of a woman who knew she did nothing wrong. It just takes the whole #BlackLivesMatter theme to a whole new terrifying prospect for me, because all this time, we have focused on the destruction of Black men without due cause. Now, even knowing my rights as an educated, working, contributing,  Black American female citizen, I know that I too, can become a victim. All Black people, men and women, are in danger.

The fact that Bland’s death is so obviously, blatantly, a coverup, can not be overstated.

The fact that there are many, many Americans who find absolutely no fault in how State Trooper Brian Encinia handled the situation, is even more scary. Because if we read the transcript of the incident, and strip away what we know of Sandra Bland, it should be clear that her rights were violated to any sane person who understands their Constitutional Rights. But then again, the Constitution wasn’t written with Black people in mind.

The fact that absolutely nothing adds up in how a detainee can be found hanging, alone in a jail cell after several days is questionable at the very least.

The fact that a police force can open and close it’s own investigation is shameful.

The fact that Sandra Bland will never have her day in court, but the Charleston, terrorist will, is criminal.

The thought of this makes my want to cry, violently. And I have every right to feel this way.

Waller County, we don’t believe you.

We want answers, and a federal investigation needs to be opened, now. I can no longer sit in silence, and offer prayers. My life is on the line.

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Lavish Beauty: Show Your Bold!

Check out Beautiful, Bold and Brown: Embracing Bright Colors

by LAVISH at Mode

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This W Magazine Trend Story is Everything

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I love everything about the latest W Magazine trend piece featuring mod lines, pastels, tweeds,  and nods to 70s-era Jackie Brown swag. Photographer Emma Summerton perfectly captures the beauty of an eclectic mix of Black models sporting varying natural hairstyles that collectively portray a vivid collection of pure funk and style. View the entire series here.

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Weekday Swag: The Small Sisters for Balmain

Beauty and style runs in the Smalls family, no doubt. Peep supermodel Joan and her younger sister Erika, in her first major campaign. Not a bad start!

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