One of my favorite artists. Hope you enjoy these as well.
1. Umi Says
2. U r the One
3. The Panties
Have a great Hump Day!
Here are a few randoms that caught my eye this week.
- This was an interesting article about the far-reaching fallout of the recent Lance Armstrong developments. I do not have any tattoos although I have come close a few times. Apart from a family member’s name, I don’t think I have found is a symbol/word/picture that I can commit to. I found it interesting how these people viewed their body art when the LiveStrong association became tainted by association.
- I came across this one on a sisteren’s facebook page. While the Harlem Shake viral video phenomenon has been rather interesting, I was struck that there were so many people that don’t know the original Harlem Shake dance. Apparently someone else felt this way and went to the streets of Harlem to ask Harlem natives what they think about the videos baring their neighbourhood’s name. It is funny to watch but it provides current proof that appropriation is so very real.
- Any Fire Stirrers in Philly should go check out this exhibit of costumes worn by the Supreme’s. I would argue them to be one of the most significant music groups in US music history and I would like to personally thank them for influencing some of my favourite songs and groups. The costumes are awesome. Can you tell that I like glitter J?
- Last but surely not least is this new Amnesty International petition to put sexual and reproductive health and rights on the global agenda. Sign on! Take part! My Body! My Rights
Have a great weekend!
Effortless and amazing
I really enjoy fashion. I am not particularly into brands but I have learned that you get what you pay for most of the time. Also, I am a few years past the Forever 21 throwaway-outfits age range so it’s important that I buy clothes that fit well and will last. Here are some of the fashion bloggers that I follow .
Folake Huntoon at Style Pantry
I really like Folake’s effortless and classic style. Always sexy but modest at the same time. She has a look of the day everyday and always lets us know how to get versions of the clothes and shoes she features. Men’s wear, fitness gadgets too! #getit!
Patrice Yursik at Afrobella
Patrice is one of the pioneer black fashion bloggers and as testament to her hard word she even has her own MAC lipgloss. That’s a big deal! I been following her for years and has seen her grow into a major player in the beauty blogging scene. She has lot’s of info on health and products and fashion events to keep you entertained. Definitely one to check out.
Beena at Beena’s Little works of Art.
This youtube channel is all about natural (without acrylic tips) nail art. I sometimes think that I have a lot of makeup but I actually have a tons of nail polish. It’s pretty cheap and it’s easy for me to pick up a few bottles in beautiful colours that I want try on my nails. When I get adventurous I see what Beena has been up to and usually try some of her designs myself. I usually can only get a passing grade on my left hand so the design hardly sees outside of my house. I still really enjoy trying and one day, I shall overcome my shaky left hand application.
One of my sheroes, Joan Morgan, has branched out from writing books that changed my life to her own line of body butters. Check out her project at ByEmilyJayne.com and read about her hand made products inspired by the Caribbean. Her signature body butter is titled Wench, gotta love it!
Quick Friday round-up.
1. It’s election time in the US so that means that it is election coverage time all over. I really have fundamental issues with the existing political system and feel that it is inherently rotten. This pure fyah article by black girl dangerous totally underscores how I feel about elections and politics and voting and our so called democratic choice. When elections happen in my neck of the woods, I fear that I will have to really convince myself to vote and I don’t want to have to do that. I would really rather not be around.
2. Lupe Fiasco recently tweeted that he is going to retire from rap due to feedback he has gotten for his newest video for ‘ Bitch Bad’. I have never gotten into Lupe’s music but I heard good things from friends and knew him to be among the more conscious few artists that got noticed. I personally didn’t really like the song or the video, but it is a conversation starter and a welcome addition to the video rotation for what it is trying to do. I kind of thought that some bloggers went in pretty hard on him and his representations in the video/song and I can understand that he would take it personally. Is he too thin-skinned? Are social commentators too hard on those that are trying to make an impact? Do we dissect the obviously problematic music as much?
3. The region was represented today at the 2012 Paralympian Jamol Pilgrim from Antigua. The runner took part in the 100m heats this morning. Even though he didn’t place, this is a fantastic feat for the region and Addfyah wishes him all the best in the future.
I watch a lot of television. Probably too much. As a consequence, I sometimes watch a whole lot of shit that, for fear of immediate judgement , I will not list at this point. My big shows right now aren’t too bad. I love love love Top Chef Texas, Love it or List it, Glee, Project Runway and Chopped. See, not bad at all. I must list for good measure however any kind of Law and Order.
Law and order leads directly into this post as it is a perfect example of shows that aren’t quite what they used to be. Still gripping and interesting to watch but not quite as awesome. I wanted to big up some shows that are no longer in production but thanks to syndication and Centric I get to enjoy on a fairly regular basis.
Word to Maxine Shaw! I loved this show. The original group of friends (yes I took it there) living and loving together, the sweet couple, the sexual tension, the gold digger, the aspiring entertainment mogol (Khadijah owned a magazine yall, that’s certainly fyah) all made for a great 30 mins of television. I loved the regular-ness of the characters, for the most part they were people I could definitely relate to and wanted to be when I grew up.
New York Undercover I think I got into this show after it was cancelled but I just couldn’t believe that these sexxi sexxi detectives were running the gritty streets of NYC solving crimes and stuff. Detective Williams was all I needed to make me watch but the story lines were quite thought provoking and dealt with issues that we all can relate to and not ripped from the headlines stories that other crime dramas are famous for.
In my opinion THE.BEST.SHOW.EVER. Again, I got into The Wire after it ended and was hugely motivated by the man who redefined sexy Idris Elba but even after he was no longer on the show I was captivated and moved and inspired by the characters presented. The seasons featuring the lives of children are particularly touching to me and I have shed many tears and wished many wishes for them and their circumstances knowing that this is real life to many around us.
King of Queens
Doug and Carrie and Arthur make me smile. Thanks to Derevolushunwidin for introducing me to this one a few years back and it has been a great ride since.