My Belated 1980’s Birthday Bash!

I believe that celebration and laughter can be revolutionary, we need to praise God for each year, month, day, hour, minute and second of life! Last weekend I went to the Culture Club with some friends to wear a great thrifted red 80’s dress and dance to cheesy music. Below are the pictures, enjoy!

With Tammy, Kelly, Dolleen, Nina, Ayana & Peter “Get into the groove Boy you’ve got to prove Your love to me, yeah….”

My Switzerland Birthday with my Swiss Friend Dina!

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I love this Red Blazer and the website overall because it’s a thrift site founded by a group of young, driven Christians!

Bijoux Uniques

I love purchasing street or handcrafted jewelry and living in New York City I always have the opportunity to do so (probably more opportunities than I need).  Whether I am on 125th Street in Harlem or hanging out in Union Square downtown I am always tempted to by one more pair of earrings or another funky ring, see some of my finds below:

Various pieces that were gifted or brought from vendors on 125th Street in Harlem. The cuff is from Venus Visuals.

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Show-Up! Show Out! A Celebration of Natural Hair!

I am currently in Saas Fee,Switzerland doing a short term Philosophy & Media program and today we looked at the work of the German Philosopher Theodor W. Adorno who speaks of “Natural Beauty” vs. “Artistic Beauty” and this reminded me of the agony many Black women have over their natural beauty. Adorno was speaking of nature vs. art and the fact that art tries to capture what is seen in nature but cannot.Many Black women have difficulty accepting their natural beauty which is unfortunate because natural beauty cannot be duplicated. As Black women we possess Mitochondrial DNA and from this DNA all of humanity was born, therefore the Black woman is closest to nature and natural beauty. Sadly, we fear and often resent our natural beauty. As the Bible says “we perish for a lack of knowledge” and as Black women we are not loving ourselves because we lack the knowledge of who we truly are. We attempt to look like everybody else yet we are the prototype of humanity, which does not mean we are better than others but it does mean we are valuable.

On Saturday July 28th I attended a fabulous event: Show Up, Show Out hosted by Imena Salon and I Love My Fro. This event was a night of fun to celebrate women with natural hair and the men who love them. The celebration was held at the fitting Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Education Center in Harlem. As I walked up the stairs of the center I saw a powerful quote about beauty from Malcolm X where he talks about true beauty or what I would call “natural beauty”.

“Love is disposition, behavior,attitude, thoughts,likes, dislikes-these things make a beautiful woman, a beautiful wife. This is the beauty that never fades.”-Malcolm X

The night included a hair show, massages, dancing, vendors, belly dancing and more. I loved seeing so many sisters in their natural beauty, confident in the crowns God gave them. See the pictures below.

   Amen! (I don’t know where the light orb came from)

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My “Church Hat” Wall

I love hats and wanted to highlight these four. As a African-American Christian woman I love the church hat tradition my elder women carry on. Because I believe that all I do is an act of worship and that God’s temple lies inside of me all my hats are “church hats”, because church is wherever I go to glory God-work, dancing with friends or Sunday morning worship. I plan on building a hat collection that will rival Civil and Women’s Right’s Activist Dr. Dorothy Height!

Light Straw Hat-Housing Works Thrift Shop & Dark Brown Hat-Old Navy, Ghetto Jesus & Mary Collage created by me but inspired by cards created by Youth Ministries for Peace & Justice in the South Bronx

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SPRING 2012 NYFW: 5 Fabulous Black Fashion Bloggers

As we come to the close of  Spring 2012 NYFW take note of these Black fashion bloggers whose  creativity and innovation are bringing style inspiration to the masses.  The web is their runway and they are ripping it!

Lydia, Style is Style

This African sister via Olso, Norway currently resides in British Columbia, Canada  where she serves up sweet, colorful, vintage looks. Her post will inspire you to have fun with fashion.

Gabbi, GABIFRESH

This sister is taking the fashion world by storm! She first made a splash as the creator of Young, Fat and Fabulous, one of the premier fashion blogs for plus sized women. Her unapologetic style empowers women of  all sizes to be bold and beautiful.

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