July 18, 2014

Real Talk

Standing On The Corner of Self-Realization & Joy

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“You meet all kinds of people that help put life in perspective and turn the horror into some kind of lesson or avenue of awakening that lives with you all your days.” -Ruby Dee

“Stand still inside yourself and know who you are.” -Dr. Maya Angelou

If you’ve seen me walk you know I walk hard and in typical New Yorker form, I rarely stand still. Exactly a month ago, after just leaving my office Read more…

April 29, 2014

Grooves

theHotness Host A Listening Party for Ledisi

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Please join me TONIGHT @7pm as I host a Ledisi listening party at Carol’s Daughter in Harlem! No RSVP required!

I was in the audience that November in 2010 at The Paradise Theater in the Bronx for BET’s epic production of the Black Girls Rock Awards Show. I watched Ledisi pull, pump and puncture the heck outta Nina Simone’s “Four Women.” Although the performance also featured Kelly Price, Marsha Ambrosius and Jill Scott, it was Read more…

March 21, 2014

Grooves

Hot Grrrls Cool Music w/ RES at Ginny’s

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Singer Res is a shapeshifter. Instead of getting stuck, silenced or worse, stereotyped, she changes-up her flow a little bit here, and revises her steez a little there, and with every transformation she seems to be moving closer to the fly woman artist of her dreams.

I remember when How I Do dropped. It was Black cool on another level. “Golden Boys” was the joint— Res with all that sass pulling down the curtain Read more…

March 19, 2014

Grooves

Hot Grrrls Cool Music w/ IMANI UZURI at Ginny’s

If Paulo Coelho’s best-selling, uber-iconic, The Alchemist, had a soundtrack, “The Gypsy Diaries” would be it! On “The Gypsy Diaries,” Imani Uzuri’s sophomore solo CD, it feels as though Imani just ripped pages from her personal journal and set them on fire through testimony and song. Her music, including her first album “Her Holy Water,” is largely about self-discovery and how losing yourself via travel– especially for a sister that appreciates sand between her Read more…

March 13, 2014

The Goods

Ladies Love Coogi?

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“Every cutie wit a booty bought a Coogi.”
Hypnotize, The Notorious B.I.G

Made iconic by our favorite Brooklyn Don Dada, The Notorious B.I.G., the Coogi sweater quickly became an urban status symbol of swag and style in the 90′s. Rivaling major fashion houses like Gucci, Fendi, and Versace, the Australian clothing line with its distinctive knitted swirls of starburst fruit colors crashed the Italian job that dominated the threads worn by most rappers of Read more…

March 8, 2014

Grooves

Hot Grrrls Cool Music – NYC 2014!

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It’s International Women’s Day and I’m so excited to announce the re-launch of HOT GRRRLS COOL MUSIC!!! We debuted a lil’ more than 10 years ago with Santigold, Jeni Fujita and Imani Uzuri and now, just in time for Women’s History Month, I’m so amped to share that I’ve partnered with some fresh, music lovin’ visionaries and we are back!

Setting off HGCM 2014 is one of the original Hot Grrrls—IMANI UZURI on Thursday, Read more…

February 28, 2014

Real Talk

Trust A Big Butt & Never Mind The Smile

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“Hey beautiful, come on, smile.”
“Aww baby, smile, it can’t be that bad.”

I don’t know you. I’m not your baby. And yes, homey, it is that bad! I can’t tell you how often I have to deal with some man telling me to smile. Seriously Chanel Iman is asked to smile less and she’s in the business of smiling. It’s not cool. It’s not friendly banter (you’d need to be my friend for that) Read more…

February 13, 2014

Lifestyle, The Goods

Hearts & Hats: Birth Control 2.0 (Sponsored Post)

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This post is sponsored by Bedsider. All opinions are my very own.

“Just keep in mind when Jimmy grows
It grows and grows and grows, so let it
But keep in mind about the epidemic
When Jimmy releases, boy it pleases
But what do you do about all these diseases?
Jimmy is Jimmy, no matter what
So take care of Jimmy cos you know what’s up
Cos now in winter AIDS attacks
So run out
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February 6, 2014

Real Talk

Remembering Trayvon, Honoring His Mother

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Yesterday Trayvon Martin would’ve been 19 years-old. Last month theHotness saluted his mother Sybrina Fulton in our #Fascinating15 List. Here’s that touching tribute written by Esther Armah:

TV on. Remote in hand, I would watch you. You spoke clearly, lucidly, wrapping words in compassion, directed at a people whose criminal justice system marked your child guilty. You looked tall. I wondered if grief stretched your body, or maybe grief was a laser that

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January 17, 2014

Real Talk

The 15 Most Fascinating Hot Grrrls of 2013

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Fresh on the heels of watching Lupita Nyong’o get robbed at the Golden Globes for her star-making, provocative and mesmerizing performance in 12 Years A Slave and frankly, still salty over Kerry Washington’s Emmy loss last fall, I was reminded of theHotnessMost Fascinating List from 2010 and knew it was high-time to bring that justificative joint back. And yea, the Oscars even snubbed Oprah yesterday and left her, for a second time (first Read more…