Month: January 2016 (Page 1 of 2)

Getting Away Like A Pro


Kate Spade Travel Bag, $440

If you’re in the Northeast and were one of the unfortunate people to get snowed in during, you’re no doubt itching to get out of town ASAP. My daughter and I spent the weekend scouting warm locales with sand, and sun. I think I’ve mastered the art of packing, but I could always learn a thing or two. Take a peep at this video on how to pack that getaway bag like a pro.

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Lavish Reads: The Power of Broke

When your back is up against the wall, your bank account is empty, and creativity and passion are the only resources you can afford, success is your only option.


So many people have the mindset of “if I only had $X, then I could start $Y”. But few really know that many of the millionaires and billionaires we know of started with nothing: no inheritance, no angel investors, little to no savings. Instead, they had a big dream and some truly ingenious ways of putting their vision out to the world and making it a reality. That is true entrepreneurship, and I am constantly learning how to build wealth this way.

Daymond John, founder of iconic hip hop brand FUBU, and a judge on ABC’s Shark Tank has a new book out where he details his own rise to the top with $40 and a hunger to win. In The Power of Broke, are stories from himself and other entrepreneurs on the struggles and victories of building a brand. Definitely something to add to my Blackenomics collection.

Artness: Axcomix


I stumbled across this artist on Instagram, and I couldn’t  get over the fresh, vibrant and lively drawings of this talented comic artist. Axcomix takes caricatures to the next level and his subjects are both endearing and many times overtly sexy. But one thing that each and every pic embodies? Character.

More of Axcomix’s design process is on tumblr, but beware: those images are totally not safe for work.





Jada and Will Smith Are Boycotting the Oscars

“Begging for acknowledgement, or even asking, diminishes dignity.” – Jada Pinkett-Smith


In this Facebook video, Jada Pinkett-Smith, openly acknowledges that she and her husband will not be watching or attending the Oscars. She also states the case for supporting Black films, artists, and businesses while urging people of color to claim their financial and influential power to help build up their communities. And that  we can do this without seeking the validation of mainstream organizations.
Will Smith wasn’t nominated for an Oscar this year for his role in Concussion. And while this may play a role in their stance this year, there is no denying that Jada’s statements in this video ring true. With over one trillion dollars in buying power, is it really necessary to state the obvious- that we are a force to be reckoned with? How long will people of color wait around to be validated by a system that consistently devalues us?

Designer Spotlight: These Pink Slips


As a digital art director, I’ve always had a taste for bold font, vibrant colors, and pronounced statements. So when I came across the graphic work of These Pink Slips creator Iris Barbee Bonner, I became an instant fan.

It’s hard not to take notice of Bonner’s creations. The Philly native, also a digital design like myself, minces no words when it comes to announcing her feminist power, with shirts proudly proclaiming “Pussy Power” with the vigor and sincerity of an Alexyss Tylor lecture. Socialites Blac Chyna and Amber Rose wore her designs with bold proclamations, to the MTV Video Music Awards last year. Unfortunately, they were widely panned, despite making a very valid statement on feminine sexuality, and the determination by society on what (or whom) is considered a slut. But I got it, and so did alot of forward-thinking women. I am totally here for Ms. Bonner’s line.




Black Banana Bag, $150


When You and Your Mom Are On The Same Level Of Hotness

Peep Lisa Bonet and Zoe Kravitz in this fabulous new ad for Calvin Klein Jewelry.


Lisa is one of those moms with reverse age genes.

Five Ways the Obamas Killed It at the State of the Union Address


President Obama was certainly feeling himself as he gave his final State of the Union address on Tuesday night. With no elections to win, and nothing more to prove in the final months of his presidency, his speech lent itself to a bit of swag that was undeniable. These were the most powerful takeaways from the night:

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And then there was the $2,095 Narciso Rodriguez dress worn by Mrs. Obama that slayed the internets. It sold out almost instantly at Neiman Marcus. Killed it.


Taraji Kills It For Elle Magazine

It was very important to me that she not be sassy and neck-rollin’ and eye-bulgin’ and attitude all the time. – Taraji P. Henson on why her character Cookie Lyon is not a caricature.


Taraji P. Henson is killing the game right now. Straight off the heels of her Golden Globes win, she graces the February 2016 cover of Elle in what would seem to be a serendipitous  landmark. She, along with Viola Davis, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Olivia Wilde, and Priyanka Chopra made the cover for Elle’s annual Women in TV Issue. Nice to see women of color nicely represented in 3 out of the 5 covers.


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David Bowie

Because hip hop always had a love affair with the music and style of David Bowie, and so did I. Rest in Peace to a legend.


You know it when you hear it:

And you MOVE when you hear the original which SLAYS. Every. Single. Time.

And the list of people who sampled THIS song is just endless:


Everyone is a Style Winner at the Globes



Seems like everyone is stepping up their game in 2016. Everyone was nearly flawless. And of course, a shiny award a la Ms. Henson, doesn’t hurt either…

These ladies just slayed….


Taraji P. Henson wins best actress for role in Empire


Jennifer Lopez


Viola Davis


Gina Rodriguez


Jada Pinkett-Smith


Laverne Cox


Eva Longoria

Indulge in more pics here:

The most fashionable men and women of color at the event that marks the beginning of awards season

Posted by Lavish Magazine on Monday, January 11, 2016

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