Calling All Designers

I just received this from Henri Bendel. If you are a designer or know of a designer check out this opportunity to have your designs seen in the hopes of being discovered and landing a great gig. This “casting call” has been going on for the past 40 years and has launched a handful of designers like Anna Sui, Todd Oldham, and Collette Malouf just to name a few.

SHARING IS CARING…

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#Happy International Women’s Day

Wow, 100 years of celebration. I truly believe today should be an official holiday like President’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, and Christmas.  Banks, grocery stores, The Children’s Place, laundromats, rivers with big rocks, open air markets, and kitchens need to be closed.   Tons of women are the unsung heroes and heroines (some have to play both roles) of their households, communities, and even their nations. We are just as deserving of a “day off” in our honor as our male counter-parts. As women, we are still in positions where we have to “prove” our worth and “justify” our existence.

I remember when I first started my journey on becoming a sound engineer, I was told to my face by more than one co-worker, who of course were men. That I would NEVER amount to anything in the industry and, get this, because I am a female of color I would never get work…to my face!!!! Well, maybe those that were so quick to speak their minds, ought to take a look at my “about” page and hide themselves under a rock.  With that being said, I think this year’s global theme is so appropriate: Women and men united to end violence against women and girls. Obviously, physical violence is extremely damaging and unjust to women but what we sometimes don’t realize, is that violence can come in the form of words (most women would agree with me on that one.). If  20 years ago, I were to have believed those guys who voluntarily tried to predict MY fate. The damage that could have come out of those few little words could have completely changed my life and not for the better.  Anyway, I dedicate this post to ALL the beautiful women and little girls who are in my life on a daily and to ALL the women and little girls world-wide!!! Celebrate your existence and know that life cannot be without WE…

#Cool Sitings: Blogs

I originally started this post back in January of this year and was never really able to finish it. Don’t ask me why or what happened…short attention span maybe?

Anyway, today I was motivated to finish it but from a different angle. Initially I was going to only focus on black blogs (not the color silly, the people that run them!) but decided to focus on those on my blogroll and ones I virtually stumble across. So, as I always say “Sharing is Caring”; my other one is “If It’s Free It’s Me” (I actually have to credit my homegirl Sandy Nelson /The Camden Media Agency for that one) just in case you were wondering. Here, I share with you, my “Daily Roll-bys”; that’s actually what I want to name my blogroll but don’t know how to change it yet; working on it.

Street Etiquette : It’s funny when I first went to their blog I just knew they were from Europe. NOPE!!! These Bronx brothas sense of style takes you back to when things were dapper, clean, and well manicured. These aficionados of vintage wares, throw a current twist to their styles. Take a cruise on over to their site and you’ll know exactly what I am talking about. Make sure you take a look at Black Ivy a project they put together with like-minded cats; it will really blow your minds. I truly appreciate the quick history plug at the end of their post regarding the featured fashion.

Where Did You Get That? : Karen Blanchard is a stylist in New York and has a peerless sense of  fashion; in other words, she has her OWN style.

Ronda Brown Art: Gotta plug my folks.  For all lovers of art and every configuration of  it, this mystically baptized  artwork is a must see. It will definitely move you. Check out her “Mic” series of hip-hop artist she’s photographed in action and then converted into malachitesque oils.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Frolab: Afros unite! Jewell and Cognito are LA locals who are heavy contributors of musical art. What that means is, they are dope graphic designers, photographers, and promoters of the hip-hop scene but with a fresh anomalous approach… I am proud to say, I’ve been FroSpotted and have earned my Frolab badge.  Spend a day in the life with these two and you just might up your value in hip-hop culture.  Love their mentality, “Pick Fros not Fights! is their motto.

BHERC (Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center): I’ve posted about this site previously. Remember, this is the home to First Weekend Club. If you haven’t taken a trip over there yet you are doing yourself an injustice. Great resource site for those looking to get into the Hollywood scene or anyone already involved. Wonderful place to get your projects exposed and out to the public.
Ok, I know it may seem like I did focus just on black blogs/bloggers with this post but I have more to share with you. I promise, there will be more “Cool Sitings” posts coming soon. Also, leave a comment and tell me some of your favorite “Roll-bys”. Remember “Sharing is Caring”.

Wish List

Oh please, oh please, oh please!!! I know Christmas has come and gone and my birthday is close to a year away but I just had to put it out there…If you feel the urge to get me something this would be it.
I spotted these sexy numbers at She Breathes and fell in love. Everyone who knows me, knows my addiction to handbags, purses, clutches, and all of the sorts… I dare you to say these are not the biz…

Designed by accessory extraordinaire, Amalia Mattaor; these evening “dancing” bags are a girls best friend. Designed for those of us that want it all…fun, freedom, and elegance.  The problem is, I have found NO price points!? That can only mean one thing…

ReCap

I was perusing my blog and realized that it was a little…sterile. A little detached from who I am. I want to approach my blog a little different this year, I feel it can be more personal, more tangible, and  A LOT more updated. I was going through my film from 2010 and snagged some of my most memorable moments of the year and wanted to share them with you all. I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed taking them and being in the moment.  So, bear with me as I make changes here and allow me to expose to you more of what I do.

Hope to see some of you tonight at Eso Won Books for a night with the great Ms. Nikki Giovanni…

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Spreading Her Wings

I was at a true lose for words when my niece told me yesterday that Lady Tee passed away. I still can’t wrap my head around it. Her songs remind me of my childhood. Her voice reminds me of being carefree, no worries, no concerns. Damn, the power this tiny lady had in her gift of song!
I was fortunate enough to see her perform one year at Magic’s Mid-Summer’s Night Gala but even more blessed to have been invited to her house for a party. Teena took me and my friends in a treated us like family. That’s just how she was.
I’ve told my family several times when I make my transition from this world for them to play “Deja Vu”, so today this post is my request to her.
Miss you Teena!!!

A Little Pick Me Up

This has been seen so many times I know but it never grows old; it’s still one of my faves. It’s just a little to long to put for my “Word On The Block”, so I had to post it. Hopefully it will reach someone who has never seen it. Who never needs inspiration in their lives?