July 3, 2013

Real Talk

Being An Awkward Hot Grrrl: A Day in the Life

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Did you watch Ava Duvernay’s Venus Vs. last night on ESPN? I was most blown away by Venus’s confidence. 23 years old, 6’1″ and those white and green beads and those long, gangly legs. When she said, “I’m tall, I’m Black and everything is different about me and those are the facts,” I knew EXACTLY where she was coming from and EXACTLY where she was heading. She was on the precipice of not giving a Read more…

June 28, 2013

Real Talk

Lies & Highs:When Someone Tries To Defame You

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Blogging While Brown is more than an organization for Black bloggers. It’s a verb. A community formed by and within community. It’s an experience. Last weekend that experience came to NYC in the form of the 6th annual Blogging While Brown Conference. I had the privilege and pleasure of speaking at the Business of Blogging portion of the conference last Friday not knowing, by that very same afternoon, I would not only have to Read more…

June 19, 2013

Real Talk

Ain’t I A Woman? Badu, Serena & Hair Touching

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Saturday before last, I crossed the Brooklyn Bridge anticipating what I’d hoped would be an interstellar crossing into the future of ancient Black galaxies on the wings of Ms. Erykah Badu. What I love about Erykah is that I never know where or how far homegrrrl is going to transport me, but I know that she gets off beaming her peoples up.

After a rollercoaster ride of a morning and afternoon where a Black girl Read more…

May 31, 2013

Fly-aspora

Flyaspora: Frida’s Fashion

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When the Mexican painter Frida Kahlo died, her husband muralist Diego Rivera locked her clothes and jewelry into a closet. They stayed there for fifty years and only recently were re-discovered. In November 2012 “Appearances Can Be Deceiving” opened at La Casa Azul aka The Frida Kahlo Museum in Mexico City (the previous residence of Frida and Diego) and it is dedicated entirely to the wardrobe of the woman known as “la heroina del dolor” Read more…

May 17, 2013

Real Talk

Friends & Work: Competition & Handlin it!

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For the past few weeks I’ve been working on a project for a finance company and as such, (besides neglecting my blog) I’ve been getting reacquainted with the corporate world and the benefits, restrictions and protocol of the 9 – 5 7 business-casual life. For the first three days on the gig no one spoke to me. The VP of HR walked me in, made sure I got an ID, showed me to my desk Read more…

April 11, 2013

theHigh-5

A Little Older, A Little… 5 Bday Lessons To Know

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How does it go? A little older, a little wiser? Well yesterday was my birthday and I’m indeed a bit smarter today than I was a year ago. You live and learn. I could go on and on with the quick fix proverbial snaps about the blessings that come with age, but instead I’ll just break-down the five lessons I’ve learned about life, maturity and becoming a grown ass woman.

1.) It’s Ok To Say Read more…

April 4, 2013

Hot Grrrls

Uptown Grrrl Soiree Recap

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Shola Lynch captured the energy, attitude and theme of last Saturday’s Uptown Grrrl Soiree best in her speech when she said, “In order for us to succeed, Black women must support other Black women.” The room erupted in a roar of applause. Folks may have rolled through to Harlem Haberdashery for the gift bags or the open Svedka bar, but at that moment everyone in the tony boutique realized it was all about the power Read more…

March 27, 2013

Lifestyle

Our Women’s History Month Celebration

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theHotness.com
&
5001 Flavors

invites you to our
Women’s History Month
UPTOWN GRRRL SOIREE

Celebrating the achievements of Harlem women
honoring
Alyah Horsford-Sidberry, Owner, Cove Lounge
Shola Lynch, Director, “Free Angela & All Political Prisoners”
Sharene Wood, Owner, Harlem Haberdashery & 5001 Flavors


Saturday, March 30, 2013

2:00 – 5:00PM
at
Harlem Haberdashery
245 Lenox Ave. (bet. 122nd & 123rd St.)
646.707.0070
RSVP: news@harlemhaberdashery.com

Read more…

March 24, 2013

Real Talk, TV/Film

My Connection to “Olympus Has Fallen”

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I just saw the trailer for Olympus Has Fallen and see that it opened strong this, its opening weekend, coming in #2 at the box office making over $30 million. Is it just me or has there been a surge in the number of movies being made about the White House coming under attack since President Barack Obama has taken office? The new G.I. Joe movie revolves around the West Wing possibly being blown to Read more…

March 19, 2013

Real Talk

Ready To Die?

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“My shit is deep, deeper than my grave G;
I’m ready to die and nobody can save me.” -The Notorious B.I.G.

I think my dad had been in and out of the hospital and rehabilitation center for maybe eight or nine months when he gave me the letter. He would improve and then he would have a setback, which would usually place him on a vent machine cutting off his ability to speak. It was Read more…