words can’t explain how inspired i was over the weekend at afropunk. the vibe was amazing, hundreds of people of color were in one venue simply loving life, music, culture and each other. the spirit of social activism was in the air as signs were posted that said no to all forms of oppression and people staged a “hands up, don’t shoot” demonstration to protest police brutality. it was undeniably the best experience that i’ve had all summer.
hey good people! i worked with carlisha shanae photography this weekend for the black beauty: unbleached photo series. the endeavor showcases the beauty of four black women with sunkissed skin, more specifically, those who would have been forced into category d based upon the original straight outta compton casting call. through this series, carlisha shanae is abolishing norms and creating a wider space for women of all hues to see their reflections. many thanks to the photographer, models and production crew for a dynamic shoot — i felt blessed, loved and empowered.
check instagram for the teaser video from our shoot. stay tuned for the full length version!
the weather was perfect for the cherry blossom parade and festival in dc over the weekend. everyone was out celebrating the sunlight after a painful winter, and i finally got a chance to wear this vintage hat that i picked up last year.
i can’t wait to wear this dress again with different shoes — a pair of colored heels or patterned flats maybe? we did lots of walking this weekend so simple, flat sandals were a must.
lots of love to the nice people who couldn’t speak english, but enlisted a friend to help them ask for my picture. hope you enjoyed dc!
i had soooo much fun speaking to women about personal style, trends and how to pack light for a weekend trip during a local fashion show on saturday. it was my first time speaking in front of an audience about my creative passion, and it felt amazing. one of my tips for tapping into your personal style is collecting vintage or one of a kind pieces, like this dress that i found buried deep in the bargain bin at a vintage shop in dc. you know what they say, “one man’s trash (or deeply discounted goods) is another man’s treasure.”
last week, black women took to twitter to create a campaign for our superwoman, lupita nyong’o, to receive her own lipstick shade by mac. i can’t think of a worthier cause in the beauty industry and smiled at the sight of sisters rocking bold lip colors with the hashtag #lupitaforMAC. kudos to my black feminist twitter gurus, joan morgan, yaba blay and esther armah, for helping to showcase black women’s beauty and calling on a major cosmetics company to respond to our voices.