#TrueBeautyTuesday:Yellow Fever

 

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.

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With Love from me to HUE,

#MediaMondays: Black Girls Rock!

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Michelle Obama speaks at BET's 2015 "Black Girls Rock" at New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, NJ

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!

 

 

#MediaMonday: Portrayals of Black Women in Media

 Screenshot from: http://www.nypl.org website.

Screenshot from: http://www.nypl.org
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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.

With Love from me to HUE,

True Beauty Tuesday: I AM NOT MY HAIR

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 Zendaya at 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.”

Below video from BBC

#MediaMondays -Jonah By Filmmaker Kibwe Tavares

Screenshot: AFRICAN-AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL RELEASING MOVEMENT

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?

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Hit me up on Twitter or on Facebook if you would like to learn more.

Thriving Thursday-Alabama A&M University

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Alabama A&M University- Normal, AL

Small, Historic, Student-Friendly, Community-Focused

Reflecting its heritage as a traditional 1890 land-grant institution, functions as a teaching, research, and public service institution, including extension. AAMU is a dynamic and progressive institution with a strong commitment to academic excellence. The serene, intimate campus is situated on “The Hill,” only a short distance from downtown Huntsville, the site of the school’s founding. (from their website)

One of the things that jumped out at me was the link to Noteworthy Achievements. As I stated earlier having worked in higher education the one question that almost always comes up is “What’s so great about your school?” I have to say I truly love this  feature AAMU! Another great feature is the degree offerings. WOW!  Check out the degree offering below.

Undergraduate Degrees

Graduate Degrees

Online Programs (Undergraduate only)

I personally feel the way to get the feel for a campus is to schedule a personal visit or attend an open house, but if for some reason you can’t visit the campus AAMU has  something that comes pretty close. On their website you view the campus via their 2014 Virtual Tour, again having worked on both small and large campuses I have to tip my had to the admission team of AAMU. This virtual tour makes you feel like you are on campus.

AAMU has 115  registered student organization and a diverse offering of NCAA athletics. So when you hear that an HBCU can’t offer you a true college life don’t believe them because AAMU has a lot to offer.

Would you like to learn more about Alabama A & M University? Click here to connect their admission office.

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Connect with this HBCU on social media

Connect with this HBCU on social media

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Thriving Thursday

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In a recent chat with my Mom about  being black in America we explored various topics, but one that she and I keep coming back to is historically black colleges and universities. Actually the convo has been building for a while. I made the choice a few months ago to explore the idea of working on a second degree at an HBCU. Truth be told in my teens I was looking at black colleges. I was accepted to one and finally decided on a non-HBCU (but very diverse university), but I can’t seem to shake the feeling that something was/is waiting for me at an HBCU so after finishing a graduate degree a few years ago I began my journey to find a HBCU for additional graduate study.

Having worked in higher education administration for a few years I learned many things and I am passionate about helping students find their “fit”. Some people think that a historically black college can’t offer a good education and I beg to defer so I am going to explore, share, and do my part to promote the great things that the colleges and university do. I invite you to join me on the journey…starting today.

 

 

Web Window Shopping: Hampton University

Since starting this blog every March I have added my own slice of style to March Madness and this year is no different…well maybe. You see each year I have put my own spin on stylish fashion for women who love college b-ball like myself.  A few years back the university that I earned my undergraduate degree from did what most said couldn’t be done. Virginia Commonwealth University went from the first four to the final four and along the way it felt like the entire world was doubting the RAMNATION (except for those of us that love VCU).  Well as the 2015 Madness begins I want to do something a little different with the reboot of my blog. I am still show a lot of love for my Rams, but I also want to show love to another Virginia school that I personally feel just isn’t getting enough love for their recent accomplishment of making it pass the first four.

I want to give a personal shout out to Pirates of Hampton University. If you’ve been on Twitter or turned on ESPN you will notice that HU doesn’t seem to be getting any love. What these young men have achieved so far is amazing and shouldn’t be “hated on” in my humble opinion. 

So far all you Hampton students, Alums, Parents, supporters, and for all of those who just love a good story of the “underdog” taking out the “big dog” here are some favorite items Hampton University.

Screenshot from Hampton University Website.

Screenshot from Hampton University Website.

Screenshot from Hampton University Website.

Screenshot from Hampton University Website.

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No matter the results of the game Hampton University you have my respect.

With love from me to HUE,

More post for HUE!

I am back after taking a small break from blogging. Over the last few months I’ve had A LOT going on (in a good way) that I feel will help me grow this blog in ways that I couldn’t imagined just a few years ago. Yes, I have been  M.I.A. in blogging land, but I have been front and center in the world of social media. My time in the social media universe has opened the flood gates in regards to growing my media voice. I have always wanted this blog to be a celebration of  black women, their style, beauty, and life. In the last few months so many things have happened in world in the black community that reminds me that we still need diversity in training in the world and more now than ever I feel that as a black woman I need to be apart of a movement that showcases positive images of black women. So I will be adding to this blog in great ways.  Mondays with now focus on the image of black women in the media. You may ask why?….uummm because people still think that it is okay to talk about a black woman’s hair

Zendaya at 2015 Oscars Red Carpet

Zendaya at 2015 Oscars Red Carpet

as if she is less than a human….No it wasn’t funny (not even a little bit)- I am a naturalista, and I have never ever come close to using weed….not cool to suggest such things. Also, while while watching the red carpet during award season I saw very few women on color. I mean come on…how many television networks do we have? And no station can find a woman of color with a fashion degree and media experience?  But it is more than fashion or red carpets. Let’s talk about other forms of media….film, television, print, and other forms of media. Why aren’t we seeing more women (and men) of color? I maybe only person but, I will use my voice and this platform to share what main stream media is not. I will speak out, speak up, and speak of positive things that black women are doing.SpeakOut-logo2-darker

….and don’t even get me started on the Oklahoma University issue because I can go on and on about that…so I have something too.

 

There are many other issues that I will address in later blog post but for now I will be adding a media and educational/lifestyle to this blog in addition to the True Beauty Tuesday, Web Window Shopping post.

 

With love from me to Hue,

Sophia