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…

#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”.

#SharingIsCaring: Not Playing Games

I came across Lupe Fiasco’s web-site today; not his music, his web-site and found a 3 part series called “Game Changers” I wanted to share with you guys.

This series has Danyel Smith (Vibe Magazine) moderating a round table (literally) with some of today’s brightest young stars out now who are changing up the music game; Lupe Fiasco, B.o.B, Janelle Monáe, and Estelle [Darling].  Smith is one of my favorite Hip-Hop journalist, it’s not  just the fact that she was the Editor-In-Chief at one of  Hip-Hop’s first publications but because she still gets excited about music and the new generation that is ushering it in.

Here is the first nugget in the series…

It’s a relief to see that there are people who are not afraid of stepping out and being comfortable with being different. Artist who don’t want to be categorized or cloned in an industry where originality is foreign .

#SuperRich Times…

The other night I attended BHERC and Eso Won Books’, “Michael Schultz Speaks” series with guest Russell Simmons, discussing and signing his latest book Super Rich (posted this one too…you’ll learn). I found out later that this was the inaugural of a growing series to follow. Having the opportunity to work directly with Simmons Monday night,  I could clearly see and hear in his voice the sincerity that only comes from someone who has stopped resisting the natural flow of existence, who has experienced humility and the realization of what life is REALLY all about.

Simmons was very engaging, attentive, and patient.  Even within the enlightened statements, there were sprinkles of  “colorful venecular” which just reminded me that we are all humans working on becoming balanced whole spiritual beings. Sometimes I get lost in the, so-called “being perfect”…to just realize we already are.

Definitely pick up the book and READ it; Eso Won has a few autographed copies on deck. 

Tastebud Thriller Alert: PJ’s Classic Homemade Ice Cream was on deck and it was a show stopper topped with one of Gwen’s Specialty Cakes Mini Sweet Potato Pies!!!! MmmmMmmm!!!

Sidenote:I am happy to say that I survived NBA All-Star Weekend this year. With it being hosted in my lovely City of Angels, I try to avoid going out during these times. I have to admit my sister and I journeyed out Sunday evening to try to catch a little comedy show Beats by Dr. Dre was putting on; only to get to the head of the line (after being online for 40 minutes), next up and turned away!!! Uhhh…WTH?!! Due to…”we’re filled to capacity”, MALARKEY!!. If you would’ve seen my face and heard my sister’s “but it’s the principal that I’m talking about” speech it wasn’t a pretty scene. Then to find out later, that Dave Chappelle himself made a surprise appearance!!!! I was hot! Oh well, next time.