Back in April I had the opportunity to partner with Beautiful Textures and Sally Beauty for The “Flaunt Your Look” event in Richmond, VA. If you followed me on Twitter & Instagram during the event you could see that I had a wonderful time. After the the event Beautiful Textures was wonderful enough to give me some products that I had not tried. Like always, I share product give aways with my “team” who have no idea how or where I got the products so that I can get a real response from them. I must say that I personally love the smell of all the products and I love how they do not leave a sticky feel on my hands. That feeling was echoed my senior tester. She hates strong smelling products with a passion and will not use any products with a strong scent. The other She feel in love with the mousse for everyday looks when she wanted her natural curly out and about. She also love the Shine and Silken growth oil for every day use.
I’m hosting “Flaunt Your Look” with Beautiful Textures at Sally’s in Henrico. The event is from 1PM- 4PM. I’ll be sharing hair tips and doing product giveaways for all you fabulous stylistas and the icing on the cake is that you will have a chance to win 2 tickets to the BET Awards in Los Angeles, CA. Yup, you heard me right the BET AWARDS! Be sure to RSVP for the event here on the Beautiful Textures website RSVP for the Flaunt Your Look Event in Henrico.
It’s that time of a year again Ladies & Gents. RVA Fashion Week. I have to admit that I have a real soft spot in my heart for RVA Fashion week. If you are first time visitor to this blog or if you have never been to my social media pages (shame on you). You maybe wondering why in the world would I care so much about a fashion week in Richmond, VA. Well, it all started way back in the 90’s when I was a fashion student at VCU. Back then the major fashion show was the one put on by the department of fashion. It makes me happy to see the Richmond style force growing. If you have never been to the city I invite you to take a trip to the “Cap City” you will find all kind of style around just about every corner. The week long celebration of style kicked off last week and is still going strong. Stylish events are happening all over the city. You are going to get more than the traditional runway show so if you are looking for something to do this weekend unleash your inner style Goddess (or God) and attend a RVA Fashion week event.
My mission in life is to uplift my sisters using the medium of the media. The world will not show you that you are beautiful, talented, or smart, but let me tell you something if you don’t hear it from anyone I want you to hear it from me. You are beautiful! I value you!
Sometimes the most powerful thing you can do is share the knowledge. Please watch the video below it is amazing and powerful. If you ever doubt your beauty, talent, and value please reach out because I do care for HUE
I am going to say this as gently as possible….If you didn’t watch Black Girls Rock last night on BET I am going to need your Black girl card back. This was an experience like none other! How can you go wrong when you start a show off with Sheila E?!?! I was live tweeting during the entire show and commented that there is something special when you see the First Lady of the United States singing along with Sheila E! LOL!
I salute you Beverly Bonds because you have done something that the “big” name shows have yet to master. You successfully celebrated women! You have put young girls in the room with their mothers and grandmothers and embraced the past, present, and future.
“No matter who you are, no matter where you come from, you are beautiful,” First Lady Michelle Obama said. “I am so proud of you. My husband, your president, is so proud of you. We have so much hope and dreams for you,” she told the crowd full of black women and girls.
I must be honest…I spent much of the show in tears because I am proud of my Black Sisters! All of the speeches from the celebrants moved me beyond words even as I write this. Black Girls Rock! 2015 changed me…. If you hang around would find out you’ll find it out…it was inspired by Ms. Tyson “I opted to use my career as my platform.” ~Cicely Tyson .Black Girls Rock 2015
The other day in my feed I came across the short film Yellow Fever by Ng’endo Mukii. This is a must see. I don’t think that I have seen the story of our black skin told in such a thought provoking yet honestly humble way. I must say that I am grateful beyond words as a deep dark mocha that Mukii has made this film.
People have tried on more than a few occasions try to drop hints like “ You are very pretty for a darker Black woman” or the one that sets me on fire “ You speak very well and seem smart…” I’m not going to go into my normal reaction for reasons that you can probably imagine.
The pain that I feel for young girls started to hit me about five minutes in…(I will not give it away, but pay close attention to what the little girl says). What I have come to learn is that people will have their opinions on beauty (they always will), but as a Black woman I don’t have to believe them! I choose to celebrate the beauty of my skin, but more importantly I MUST make sure that I do everything that I can to make sure that little girls know it too!
Be sure to visit Ng’endo Mukii website, watch the short film, and share this story will all your friends on social media.
Michelle Obama speaks at BET’s 2015 “Black Girls Rock” at New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, NJ
Founded by musician Beverly Bond in 2006, BLACK GIRLS ROCK! Inc. is 501(c)3 non-profit youth empowerment and mentoring organization established to promote the arts for young women of color.
The annual Black Girls Rock celebration was recently taped and will in air in April, but I couldn’t wait to share with you the some tidbits from the show. An event with plenty of star power the showstopper was none other than First Lady Michelle Obama. You can read a part of her speech below.
“No matter who you are, no matter where you come from, you are beautiful,” Obama said. “I am so proud of you. My husband, your president, is so proud of you. We have so much hope and dreams for you,” she told the crowd full of black women and girls.- First Lady Michelle Obama
Some friendly advice….Make plans now to watch Black Girls Rock!
Welcome to another addition of Media Mondays! Today I would live to share a wonder panel discussion on the portrayals of Black women in the media. Taking place at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Langston Hughes Auditorium tomorrow (March 31, 2015) the discussion will feature Black media professionals that include: Vanessa Karen DeLuca (Editor-in-Chief of Essence Magazine), Demetria Lucas D’Oyley (author of Don’t Waste Your Pretty Blogger & A Belle in Brooklyn), Farai Chideya (award-winning journalist, author and host of One with Farai) and moderated by journalist, Akisa Omulepu.
I can’t tell you how excited I am to share this event with you, however I am sad that I will not to attend, but I will be there in spirit.
I saw this last week and have been pondering it for a while. You maybe wondering why, because this nothing new for Black women in the U.S. the reason I say that is because I did my graduate school thesis on this very topic. I guess the entire wold needs more education. This story makes me think of Zendayaat the Oscar’s. I think that she looked amazing. I think the young women in the story below looks amazing. It truly makes me shake my head when people say that a certain hair types are not suitable for selling high end products…. I wonder if they would turn down the money of someone trying to purchase “high end” products with the same hair style.
“A woman from south London says she was left shocked and embarrassed after she was asked to change her hairstyle to get a job. Simone Powderly had braids in her hair when she went for an interview at a recruitment agency and says she was told they weren’t suitable when selling “high end” products. Tarah Welsh speaks to Simone, Amina Lawal from Amina Kadia Hair and Irene Shelley the Editor of Black Beauty and Hair.”
Screenshot: AFRICAN-AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL RELEASING MOVEMENT
Last week I announced that I was going to start a new feature called Media Mondays with the goal of sharing positive images of Black people in the media and then it happened…. a blessing beyond my wildest dreams. I was selected to be a Digital Maverick volunteer with the African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement founded by award-winning filmmaker Ava DuVernay.
There are no words to even explain how I feel.
….and then it gets even better (if you can imagine that)! Tonight at 8 PM I will be joining the other Digital Mavs and Twitter peeps in a live Twitter event to live tweet about the short film Jonah by filmmaker Kibwe Tavares. Cool Right?