Monthly Archives: March 2012

Naps on the Street: Solange at Stuart Weitzman Spring Event [PHOTOS]

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Solange Knowles looked absolutely fab this past Wednesday at the Shop Spring with Stuart Weitzman event in New York City. One thing I really admire about Solange’s style is that it is chic and polished. Her wild, yet styled afro adds unexpected uniqueness and interest. Her yellow skirt was paired with Stuart Weitzman Mary Jane pumps in a pastel green. (Pictured)  Can we get a round of applause for the shoes?

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Captivating Photos of Vintage African Beuaty

When I ran across this article on BGLH’s site, I felt these images of African beauty were so captivating, I had to share. The photos display how well-to-do African women from the Ivory Coast styled their hair and adorned themselves in the early 1900s.  These photos make me proud of our history and culture. It’s interesting that they kept their hair in updos, because these days I find myself wearing mostly updos. The original post can be found at Adire African Textiles


According the website, these images are from two series of postcards produced between 1900 and 1910 by the photographer F.W.H Arkhurst in Grand Bassam, Ivory Coast. Arkhurst, a member of the Nzima ethnic group born in the Gold Coast , was a timber exporter who lived in Assinie and later in Grand Bassam. His studio photographs capture perfectly the then fashionable style of  women’s dress along the African coast from the Niger Delta to the Ivory Coast as families grew prosperous from trading opportunities in the expanding colonial economies. Hair was swept high and adorned with gold jewellery or wrapped in cloth, tailored dress was of imported cotton prints, often with a shawl or wrap of locally woven fabrics.



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Guys with Dreadlock Extensions: Yea or Nay? [VIDEO]

The other day I saw a young man with dreadlock extensions. I thought, “Hmmmmm…..” And really, I couldn’t think of anything else to say after that. His locs didn’t look like the man in the pic to the left. They were freshly done and a little too neat. They almost looked like braids. The man is the video below made the point if your are getting extensions then you are not enjoying the journey. Many women love a man with long. sexy dreads. However skipping A, B, and C to get to Z may not be the way. What what do you think, guys with dreadlock extensions, yea or nay? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below or on our Facebook page.

More Than Hoodies, We Need Radical Change

“RIGHT HERE!!!! WEARING BEDAZZLED HOODIES!!! “

This was a tweet that came across my Twitter feed the other day. Now, I don’t cuss. But, when I saw this, a few choice words started to bubble inside of me. Thousands of people across America have taken to the streets in protest, wearing hoodies in honor of Trayvon Martin. This young Black boy just happened to be wearing a hoodie when he was murdered by a White man who thought he looked “suspicious.” Some, like the person who wrote that tweet have taken the symbolism of the hoodie and turned it into something trivial. My heart grieves over the senseless death of Trayvon Martin. Yet, there is something else that is troubling me.


Why is the death of 17 year old Trayvon so sensational? Especially since, our young African-American children are slain in the streets everyday and there is very little outcry. I think this hit home because when someone is killed, you expect there to be some sort of justice or resolution. The fact that to the date of this post, George Zimmerman his killer, has not been arrested is appalling. However, unsolved crimes are the norm in the African-American community.

The city of Harvey, Illinois, a troubled, predominately African-American suburb of Chicago, is only now under lawsuit for failing to process 200 rape kits from 1997-2007. That means approximately 200 women saw no justice for the crimes commited against their bodies. That means that the rapists who commited these crimes are still on the streets. In one weekend alone in Chicago, 40 people were shot and 10 people killed. This is not Afghanistan, but it sure feels that way at times. Our neighborhoods are under siege by gangs and crime and no one really knows what to do.Where is the outcry?

Perhaps there is no outcry in our communities because Blacks killing and mistreating each other has become a “norm.” In Trayvon’s case, you have a black boy, killed by a white man who has not been brought to justice, and everyone is outraged. Yet everyday, young Black men are pulled over by racist cops without just reason, coerced into confessions, given longer sentences than whites for the same crimes. I found out that a classmate of mine just lost her sister in a similar case to Trayvon Martin. Rekia Boyd was shot and killed by an off-duty police officer a few days ago. The officer said that the man who she was walking with pointed a gun at him, but turns outs that it was just a cell phone. Again, where is the outcry?

One can only hope and pray that the attention Trayvon’s tragedy is receiving can become the impetus for change in our community. President Obama in a speech weighed in the on the Trayvon Martin case, stating that we  all need to do some soul-searching to figure out how does something like this happen. There needs to be real dialogue on a social, political and even spiritual level about race, law enforcement and poverty. More than just hoodies, there needs to be a radical change is our culture, our justice system and society. But hey, if a hoodie is what is takes to build solidarity around these issues, then I will wear mine with pride.

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