Like you, I am accustomed to roaming the internet for the latest style trends, and discovering unique personalities alongside killer looks is the goal. That is exactly what I accomplished when I came across Lizbeth Hernandez. With her raw talent and impressive list of accomplishments like interning at Vogue and working with celebrity stylist Maeve Reilly, she runs a successful style blog and YouTube channel that inspires bold looks, confidence, and a fabulous work ethic.
Mary Esses reached out to me a few months ago to collaborate on a photoshoot to explore the 7 deadly sins for her eponymous jewelry line. A New York based designer, Mary mixes fine stones, gold and silver to create artisanal masterpieces with a modern look and a dash of luxury. I was intrigued by the project, her background as a survivor of sexual abuse, and what it all meant to her.
Lexi and Danielle re-explored paint on canvas through The Grit & The Glam, but this time, using street art techniques. The Grit & The Glam is a conversation on the duality of beauty, a showcase of their individual styles, a juxtaposition of urban and natural, decay and revival, abstraction and realism, grit and glamour.
Polly Rodriguez and Sarah Jayne are the Founders behind Unbound, a sexual wellness company with the mission to change the way feminists approach their sex lives. I was intrigued by these women, so I chatted with Polly to learn how it all started to discover its making is the fruit of a woman who, at 21, battled cancer and faced the harsh reality of a premature menopause.
The Grammys were on mid-month, and women took center stage. The theme was the power of women and the LGBTQ community, as even former First Lady Michelle Obama showed up for her girls. There were, we cannot fail to note, some disagreements as to whether the Grammys were successful based on the arguments of race, gender, and recognition.
Kamala Harris recently became the fourth woman to announce her candidacy for President of the United States, and drew a rare compliment from the man she seeks to replace. When asked by The NY Times who would be his toughest opponent in 2020, Trump replied: "I would say, the best opening so far would be Kamala Harris. I would say, in terms of the opening act, I would say, would be her." And he is right.
Oby Ezekwesili has devoted much of her career to anti-corruption, a major issue in Nigeria, and was a 2018 nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize. At present, her mission is to return all the kidnapped Boko Haram schoolgirls back to their families, despite the uneasy fact that the world seems to have moved on from previous outrage.
The new year arrived at cyclonic speed with Lifetime’s Surviving R Kelly. With over 20 million viewers, the #MeToo movement has finally reached communities of color. The New York Times even ran an Op Ed, titled: “After the ‘Surviving R. Kelly’ Documentary, #MeToo Has Finally Returned to Black Girls: Let’s keep it there.” Hard questions are being asked, once again, of urban icons.
We have all heard of food fasting; some of us do it for health reasons, others for religious ones. All in all, fasting is beneficial for controlling your blood sugar, heart health, weight loss, and some experts say it can even aid in cancer prevention. But, what is the deal with skin fasting?
There are popular versions of acne spot treatment. There are luxury ones and drugstore alternatives. And although they are all marketed in the same general way, used in the same way and tend to share common ingredients, they are not identical. I cannot tell you which came first, but I can tell you which does what, how they are rated, and which is my personal favorite.
At one time I would have said Target sold drugstore beauty brands, you know the classics: CoverGirl, L’Oreal, Maybelline. But, Target has been shaking things up recently. Not only have a lot of stores gotten a “next generation” makeover at the high-end level, but their beauty sections have exploded with new brands, relaunched ones, and a decent selection of cruelty-free and eco-friendly findings.
Practical and natural beauty products can be hard to come by, sometimes nearly impossible. What’s natural is not always the best and what’s the best is not always natural. Whichever end of the natural beauty and makeup spectrum you land on, these are some of the latest in the natural-ish world of beauty.
In a time when celebrities, comedians, and pretty much everyone but the government is held accountable for everything said and done, it is surprising that someone from the industry didn’t consider the implications of a virtual black model. Some have even said that Shudu is a way for the artist to indulge in his interest in black women without having to interact with them.
As a first time curator, I had no clue where to start, but I knew I wanted the art show to be meaningful and representative of the fight I had undertaken as the founder at Openletr, shedding light onto women, creating equal representation, inclusion and diversity. So, I started looking for inspiration within my own space, and stumbled upon a poem I had shared on December 24th 2015.
A few months ago, I spontaneously chopped my relaxed hair off, but prior the chop, I kept wishing I had enough guts to own my African roots. And I have to admit the emotional courage it takes to be vulnerable. For the first time, I realized how much pressure black women undergo in their quests to create equal representation even when the choice promotes a healthy lifestyle.
As with many of everyday life-happenings, the ‘self-care’ trope has been adopted by the world of social media. A hashtag or youtube search yields hundreds of pictures and videos of beautifully groomed young women narrating their self-care routines and providing techniques. Activities range from physical grooming, self-reflective, and mindfulness practices to tips to prepare for times of emotional stress. The commodification of this phenomenon is a clear trend.