French fashion line A.P.C.'s founder Jean Touitou recently launched a collection called Last Ni##@$ In Paris, for his Fall 2015 Men's Collection. Kanye West apparently co-signed the theme, given its homage to the 2011 hit from his Watch the Throne album. Personally, I've always hated that title, as I've traveled to Paris frequently since I was a little girl, and the last thing I would wanted to be associated with is the coonery of American rappers. 

Kanye has fallen so far down the rabbit hole, that its become expected that he would give the green light. In fact, the public is so used to his silliness that it we're not even shocked when he makes ridiculous statements like this

But back to the collection. Touitou made this statement:

I call this one look 'Last Niggas in Paris.' Why? Because it's the sweet spot when the hood—the 'hood—meets Bertolucci's movie Last Tango in Paris," he said. "So that's 'Niggas in Paris' and Last Niggas in Paris. Oh, I am glad some people laughed with me. Yes, I mean, it's nice to play with the strong signifiers. The Timberland here is a very strong ghetto signifier. In the ghetto, it is all the Timberlands, all the big chain. Not at the same time—never; it's bad taste. So we designed Timberlands with Timberland…"

I mean, when is the last time this guy was in an actual ghetto? Has he ever been to the ghetto? Hell, when was the last time Jay-Z was at Marcy Projects without security detail? Seems like Black appropriation for profit, without conscience or consequence has the full- on green light in 2015. For shame. At least Timberland had the common sense to drop the collaboration.

Watch her SAG Awards acceptance speech here:

More pics from the awards on Facebook.

I have been lurking on the Black Girls Run page for quite some time before I decided that I would actually give running a serious try. I've never liked running. When I was a member of Equinox gym, some of my classmates tried to convince me to join their running club. I gave it a shot, but ultimately quit after a few painful excursions because I just couldn't get into it..

Fast-forward to now. I'm really getting serious about being fit again, and committed myself to a few races so that I stick to the plan. And with this commitment, I know that I needed the right gear to get started. After scouring several articles about what I would need, I went out to CitySports in midtown NYC to talk to a professional about the type of sneakers I should wear. From what I've been reading, this is a must. The right sneakers can make or (literally) break you. After walking and jogging in the store a few times, the associate offered me a few recommendations on the best sneaker for my foot. Next, I asked him about all this terminology concerning socks. Things like wicking and dri-fit eluded me, and I found out that I needed to look for non-wool socks that handled moisture well to prevent chafing and blisters. 

On to clothing. Now, you can assume that this associate was trying to up-sell me, but I honestly just wanted to know what I would need if I decided to run outside in the cold. The cold is a huge deterrent in keeping me from accomplishing anything, so I needed an expert. He basically told me that I should layer up with a base layer, a mid layer, and a top layer, all of which should absorb heat and sweat while running. Learning all this, I scoured the web once again. Surely some blogger had put this into a nice, neat diagram that would allow me to do a check-off of the items I needed. God-forbid I have to do research for this running thing. 

Well, I never found that golden diagram, so I made this non-expert beginner runner must-haves list. I'm not saying that you need everything, but there is a nice mix of must-haves and nice-to-haves, must-haves being good sneakers and socks, and nice-to haves being a fancy body monitor. I purchased a few items myself, and will gradually add to my collection, if I do, in fact, become a running addict. 

  Nathan Quickshot Water bottle Brooks Ghost 7 Sneakers Fiona Sports Bra, $27 Moving Comfort Bluetooth Ear Warmers, $22 180s Compression Leggings, $30 Old Navy Running Jacket, $36 Old Navy Fast-drying sports top, $25, H&M Mid-layer top, $30, H&M Organic Shea Butter, $8, Now Flip Belt, $29, The Flip Belt Fitbit Zip, $60, Fitbit

While your faves are escaping the brutal East Coast winter to exotic, warm locales, and luxuriating on yachts, Jennifer Lopez braves the cold in her best Don Diva to promoter her new movie Boy Next Door. I've got to give her props. She makes winter look so good.

In Cuccinelli

In Armani

 When I began revisiting this website, I started to thinking about all that has changed about me as I've grown from young, single, city girl in 2006 to a mature, wise woman and mother in 2015. While I love to indulge in the frivolity of everyday life and entertainment, I realized that I felt pulled to discuss things that carried a little more depth than what BeyoncĂ© wore last night. I was never that shallow, but as I've grown, the little things have become less important to me. Below, I've picked out a few quotes from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. that speak to me in my newfound sense of self. 

 A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus. 

 Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'

 There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscious tells him it is right. 

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. 

 If a man has not discovered something that he will die for, he isn't fit to live.

As you enjoy this day off, take some time to consider what it is that you do that is bigger than yourself, bigger than the everyday.


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