Month: December 2013

5 Hot Gifts You Can Purchase… Today!

So, you’ve procrastinated. Or you forgot to pick up a gift. Or there is a new addition to your set of friends. Whatever the reason, you can still get something today, and feel good about your selection (and not actually look like you forgot!). Here’s a pick of 5 cool things I would wouldn’t mind receiving myself:

For the style-lover:

Afros: A Celebration of Natural Hair
by Michael July
$45

Available at:
Bookmarc (Marc Jacobs)
400 Bleecker Street (West Village)
New York, New York 10014
Tel: 212-620-4021

Store Hours
Sun – Sat 12-9pm

For the hostess:

Wishbone Bottle opener, $14
 http://www.anthropologie.com for locations and store hours

For the laid back man:



Zara Man Chunky Knit sweater, $40
http://www.zara.com/us/ for locations and store hours

For the foodie:

Fairway “Haute Food” Gift Basket, $30
http://www.fairwaymarket.com/stores/ for locations

For the pampered princess:


Reflexology Session at Frederic Fekkai Salon, $80
712 Fifth Avenue, Fourth Fl, NYC 10019
Ph: 212-753-9500

5 Hot Gifts You Can Purchase… Today!

So, you’ve procrastinated. Or you forgot to pick up a gift. Or there is a new addition to your set of friends. Whatever the reason, you can still get something today, and feel good about your selection (and not actually look like you forgot!). Here’s a pick of 5 cool things I would wouldn’t mind receiving myself:

For the style-lover:

Afros: A Celebration of Natural Hair by Michael July $45 Available at: Bookmarc (Marc Jacobs) 400 Bleecker Street (West Village) New York, New York 10014 Tel: 212-620-4021 Store Hours Sun – Sat 12-9pm


For the hostess:

Wishbone Bottle opener, $14
 http://www.anthropologie.com for locations and store hours


For the laid back man:


Zara Man Chunky Knit sweater, $40
http://www.zara.com/us/ for locations and store hours


For the foodie:

Fairway “Haute Food” Gift Basket, $30
http://www.fairwaymarket.com/stores/ for locations


For the pampered princess:


Reflexology Session at Frederic Fekkai Salon, $80 712 Fifth Avenue, Fourth Fl, NYC 10019
Ph: 212-753-9500

The Inspiration for Action: RIP Madiba

As a girl, I remember watching episodes of A Different World, with a sort of intrigue, as the students protested for the freedom of a man called Mandela. The culture of the 90’s was very much pro-active: rallies, protests, boycotts, and the affirmation that Black was indeed beautiful, were messages that resonated with me, even as I lived a relatively peaceful life in White suburbia.

It wasn’t until I graduated college that I actually purchased the manmouth autobiography of Nelson Mandela. I had only recently become acquainted with Fela Kuti, the Nigerian musician and freedom fighter, so I figured that I needed to know who, exactly this Mandela was. I remember spending hours and days, locked in my room reading the book, cover to cover, with Fela’s “Odoo” playing on repeat in the background. His story was so riveting, and challenged many of my preconceived notions of freedom. For the first time, I really began to question the role of police, and that laws that govern society.

In the book Nelson poses the Latin phrase “Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?” and to this day, I ask myself, who will police the police?

While we watch while our brothers being attacked under the guise of law – from Amadou Diallo to Trayvon Martin – it’s important that we don’t simply join a few rallies, post a few Instagrams, and wear a fashion statement to be in the cut. To say we participated is simply not enough. We have to ask the hard questions, make positive provocations for our peers, and most importantly take real action in our physical lives to make change happen.

 Peace.

The Inspiration for Action: RIP Madiba

As a girl, I remember watching episodes of A Different World, with a sort of intrigue, as the students protested for the freedom of a man called Mandela. The culture of the 90’s was very much pro-active: rallies, protests, boycotts, and the affirmation that Black was indeed beautiful, were messages that resonated with me, even as I lived a relatively peaceful life in White suburbia.

It wasn’t until I graduated college that I actually purchased the manmouth autobiography of Nelson Mandela. I had only recently become acquainted with Fela Kuti, the Nigerian musician and freedom fighter, so I figured that I needed to know who, exactly this Mandela was. I remember spending hours and days, locked in my room reading the book, cover to cover, with Fela’s “Odoo” playing on repeat in the background. His story was so riveting, and challenged many of my preconceived notions of freedom. For the first time, I really began to question the role of police, and that laws that govern society.

In the book Nelson poses the Latin phrase “Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?” and to this day, I ask myself, who will police the police? While we watch while our brothers being attacked under the guise of law – from Amadou Diallo to Trayvon Martin – it’s important that we don’t simply join a few rallies, post a few Instagrams, and wear a fashion statement to be in the cut. To say we participated is simply not enough. We have to ask the hard questions, make positive provocations for our peers, and most importantly take real action in our physical lives to make change happen.

 Peace.

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