Month: February 2016 (Page 1 of 2)

Misty Copeland as Fine Art


In AP Art History in high school, our teacher would always give us little phrases to help us remember the significance of a particular artist. For the Impressionist Edgar Degas, it was “Dancers on Diagonals”. Misty Copeland is the diagonal dancer subject of this wonderfully imaginative series of photographs where she takes the center stage in some of Degas’ most iconic pieces. Photographers Ken Browar & Deborah Ory capture the dancer in truly stunning fashion

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Fit Fabulous: Mara Hoffman’s Athletic Line

A delight popped up in my email today. Mara Hoffman just released her new line of Athletic wear, and I am totally here for it. Her signature Southwestern-inspired patterns look so fly on the leggings and sports bras.

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I’ll probably grab this cape:


And this yoga mat?


I will be doing my asanas on it as soon as next week, Trust.

And if you can’t get enough, here’s more Mara Hoffman!

When You Wanna Support A Brother But Cant: Yeezy Season 3



Bless Kanye’s heart. This man has got to be the most doggedly determined person to enter the fashion industry, critics be damned.


Kanye blessed Twitter with a few previews of the upcoming debut of Season 3, which he’ll show in a few days for New York Fashion Week I have yet to see anyone wear his collection besides his wife. And who could? The last collection was a blur of unflattering flesh tone couture Spanx. But diligence never hurt anyone, I suppose.



Beyonce’s Best Video Yet: Formation


Beyonce is out for blood in the video and song for Formation

Well, it’s about time.
You know, I’ve been listening to Beyonce since high school. As a fellow class of ’81 woman, I’ve fallen in and out of love with the music, and her, as she grew into her stardom. While I’ve watched our fellow classmen & women evolve musically (Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera, etc) I have admittedly been hyper- critical at what I’ve seen as Beyonce’s refusal to grow. I mean, we all grew up. Had kids. Some of us got married. We moved on to grown people shit, and here she was doing diddy bop songs. I just expected more from this Black woman.

I’ve always had a feeling of falseness in her personal proclamations of divadom, feminism and women power, enough that I could never get on board with the Beehive, despite the clamoring of everybody and ‘em. The songs just seemed like one heap of contrived, commercial garble, and nothing resonated with me. Even a few autumns ago when everyone was jumping out of their seat over 7/11, all I could thing was, really Bey?

But this video. I’m so proud of this song and video. It pays homage to everything Black. 

To the richness of America’s Black South. 


To the beauty, the complexity of Black culture. 


To the indignation of an oppressed people.


To the broken levees, voodoo, Zydeco, civil rights marches, and crawfish.


And this.


Beyonce lets you all know lyrically and visually that she is fearlessly, ferociously, and unapologetically, Black. Forget the heavy bass and the booty shaking. It’s more than a song filled with braggadocio. She actually says something with a power that I’ve never truly felt in Diva, Run the World, or any of her other countless girl power anthem, and this time, I believe her.

Not that she cares.

Now watch the video:

Fashion Flick: A Royal Lupita


I just had to post these splendid images of actress Lupita Nyong’o looking like Nubian royalty this week. In a pink Escada wrap coat, Michael Kors dress, ad SJP pumps, this look is total perfection.


Exhibit: A Foothold on the Rocks: The Indelible Legacies of Jacob and Gwedolyn Knight Lawrence

A few months ago I did a unit study with my daughter on the works of Jacob Lawrence and his Depression-era depictions of working class Black families. We discussed their dilemma of building wealth and security in the uncertain times following the Emancipation, and the benefits and repercussions of moving from rural to urban life.

In this new gallery exhibit, several artists depict issues of class, race and wealth in a collection of bold and inspiring paintings and photographs. I had a chance to meet with most of the artists, who spoke about topics ranging from gentrification, to everyday life struggles, to the struggle to maintain culture in an ever-changing city landscape. Check this show out. These artists definitely have something to say.


Artist Tiffany Latrice


Artist Shannon Berry


Tania L. Balan-Gaubert


Freida Hoyett


David Vades Joseph


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Lance Johnson


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A Foothold on the Rocks: The Indelible Legacies of Jacob and Gwedolyn Knight Lawrence

Equity Gallery, 245 Broome Street, New York, NY 10002 | (212) 542-0292

This Valentine’s Day Will Be Amazing

I can’t WAIT for Valentine’s Day this year. I’m not usually a fan of the day because, to be quite honest, I give and get love everyday. I love love, and I love being in love. So the notion of having an extra special day for love is just silly to me. If you want love in your life, just surround yourself with it, give it, receive it, be thankful for it, and it will come in abundance!

So back to my excitement. This year’s Love Day has two bomb performances that I will be checking out, with a few of my all time favorite performers hitting the stage.

Number One: Valentine’s Day with Amel Larrieux

This sweet, breathy songbird is on constant rotation. Amel Larrieux always makes me smile and lights the fire of my femininity. I feel like flying when I hear her sing. And that is an understatement!

Date: Sunday, February 14, 2016
Showtime:  7:30pm
Doors Open:  6:00 pm
Tickets: $47.50 in advance, $55 day of show

Number Two: Maxwell and Nas w/Special guest Emili Sandé

Now who better to put you in the mood than Maxwell. You hear one note of one of his songs, and you know its on. He is a classic, and he doesn’t even need to try. And then to be combined with one of my all time favorite rappers, Nas. Really good hip hop merged with soulful R&B? I’m there.

Date: Monday, February 15, 2016
Showtime: 8:00 pm
Doors Open: 7:00pm
Tickets: $45-175

Winter Sexy: Lala’s Thigh High Boots


With Jonas behind us, I’m thankful to put away the clonky snowboots in favor of a sleeker silhouette. Lala is fabulous and sexy here in her thigh high Loubous, that make up a dope all-black ensemble. I have some thigh highs, but I may just invest in a super luxe pair in the near future. For now, here are three steals I found:


STEVEN by Steve Madden Women’s Sleekkk Dress Boot, $200


Jeffrey Campbell Perouze, $245


Sam Edelman Amber Boot, $100

Chocolate Runway: Couture Spring 2016

Delicious looks from the runway. Indulge.










Mattel’s New Barbies Don’t Change Anything


I was speaking last week with a fellow homeschooling mom about a recent plight with my daughter and her self image. She had recently taken a liking to watching girls play with their dolls on Youtube Kids. The play in and of itself was fine, but the subjects was distressing, being that the majority of the girls and dolls were white. I had began to notice my daughter make subtle comments about how she wish she had different hair, or how she wished she was like those girls. Often she would check herself if she found me listening, and self-correct her comments to a more pro-black mantra.

But this was a problem. Because she was simply trying to please me and didn’t truly believe that her black was beautiful. It didn’t start with the Youtube videos. Friends and neighbors would give her white dolls, and would offer her white Barbie doll movies to watch. I hated it, but relented because I knew I couldn’t change what people watch in their own household. I just figured that I could do the teaching at home to set a strong foundation.

Boy was I wrong. The damage had been done, and she firmly believed that the slender blond-haired, blue eyed doll was the superior one, and that she would never be as pretty. Enter crisis control. My friend told me that I would need to delete those videos cold turkey. No more Barbies. Censor everything, and infiltrate her with all black images, all of the time, to let it sink in. I thought it was drastic, but I did it. Because what I realized was that, even if she were to find a black barbie doll on TV, it would only come after hours of watching, and even so, that black Barbie would likely be a background role. The videos that are frequently and consistently presented are the white ones, and so naturally, any other doll wouldn’t seem as glamorous.

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Sadly, with Mattel’s new release of their multicultural line of Barbies, the damage is too far gone to positively impact the role of Barbie on non-white children. Had blond Barbie been introduced with the slew of other Barbies at the same time, maybe things would have been different. But we all know what was considered desirable in America in the 1950s, and it wasn’t anything melanated – at least for the children of the time. So why, after 66 years of dragging their feet, would Mattel think they are doing something special? They’re about 24,000 days late and several million dollars short.

All is not lost. Do yourself a favor and check out this amazing list of Black dolls for your little Queen. You’ll be building her self esteem and supporting Black business.

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