“I hope I can give my followers a time of fun and let them know it’s okay to be who they are when watching a video of mine! The world can be such a toxic place with constant bad news and negativity. I hope I can shine some light on my babes!”
“This person burst through the door, assaulted me with all his might after I drifted out to sleep without even bothering to wake me, chastise or to tell me what was going on, and just really unleashed the breadth of his might with this really thick police belt to the extent I felt like I left my body. And I just remember at some point, kind of feeling really hot, like my body was on fire.”
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.
During the week of International Women’s Day, PWC released the Women in Work 2019 report. Some observations: Iceland is named the most feminist country, Sweden holds second place, and for the first time, New Zealand is number three most feminist country. Very disappointing are the United States, China, and India’s rankings.
Elizabeth Rowe, the principal flutist at the Boston Symphony Orchestra, one of the “big five,” settled her landmark equal-pay lawsuit against her employer for a disparity between her paycheck and that of a comparable musician—principal oboist John Ferrillo. “According to the BSO’s 2016 tax filings, Rowe made 75 percent of Ferrillo’s annual salary, which was $286,621 […]”
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.
Just as in all aspects of life, the beauty world has its fair share of controversies. From cosmetics application methods to brand drama, there have been disagreements that have gone down in the makeup books for years. You know how the world is split on pineapple pizza? Well, the beauty industry is split on some things too.
There are just some brands that have been around the block and then again. They are classics, but along with new product launches, new brands are popping up now more than ever. The beauty market is in dire need of a shake up, and it seems that start-ups rather than big budget leaders are here to make it happen, with broader shade ranges, new ideas, and fun concepts.
After dying my hair regularly for more than 10 years, I have tried it all. I have gone to the salon for bleach. I have colored my own hair, going brown, blonde, and red. I have used purple shampoos, toners, and every product I could find. With all that experience, I have tried, tested, and relied on the best products around.
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?
Bisi Silva, one of the most influential international contemporary art curators and the founder of the Lagos-based Centre for Contemporary Arts, passed away on February 12 at age 57. It is a profound loss for West Africa, and for the art scene worldwide.
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.