April 13, 2012

Art, Fly-aspora

Mona Lisa Ain’t Never Looked This Good!

It’s Friday. Flyaspora Friday here at theHotness and we thought we’d titillate your senses with a little fine art. I love these two portraits because they reappropriate what is considered classical, high art and dips them low in a point a view and representation that goes against the grain yet supports the woman I see in the mirror every day. Awol Erizku’s “Girl With A Bamboo Earring” reimagines Johannes Vermeer’s famous “Girl with a Pearl Read more...

April 10, 2012

The Goods

My Birthday Wish List 2012

Celebrating my birthday, as an adult, has become a mixed bag affair. Sometimes I think as we mature, the birthday partying and whooping it up gets a bit tired. We’re not kids anymore and all that fussing about birthday cake ain’t grown-n-sexy unless you’re talking about blowing out the kind of candles Rihanna sings about in her current hit. But it is the day on which we were born and not to go all Chucky Read more...

April 5, 2012

Art, Fly-aspora

Elizabeth Catlett: Liberation Through Art


“Base what you’re doing on something constructive that has to do with all of us (African-Americans/ Black folk) and not just on money and buying things.” -Elizabeth Catlett Mora

“Art is only important to the extent that it aids in the liberation of our people.” –Elizabeth Catlett Mora

April 29, 2011. It was a beautiful spring Friday and I was at Columbia University attending “Towards An Intellectual History of Black Women”– this no nonsense, spectacular Read more...

March 30, 2012

Real Talk

Trayvon Martin: One Bullet; A Million Hoods

Dear Trayvon,

What more can I say to you that hasn’t already been said about what transpired a month ago this past Monday night? I am beside myself with rage and heartbreak. Just when I think I cannot possibly get any angrier or more frustrated, I watch the news and see these cold-hearted media pimps trying to disparage your rep with lies and matters totally unrelated to what happened to you on the street that Read more...

February 29, 2012

Fly-aspora

Naomi Campbell: Private Dancer

Seriously, where does the time go? I can’t believe it’s the last day of Black History Month already! Unfortunately I haven’t had a chance to post like I really would have liked, but on this Leap Day and in celebration of BHM I must big-up Naomi Campbell as she conjures rock-n-roll icon, Tina Turner, for her “Private Dancer” V Magazine pictorial.  The legs, the hair, the fringed dresses serve up Nut Bush in the most Read more...

February 18, 2012

Grooves

Their Whitney; Our Nippy

“I’ll never change all my colors for you.” –Whitney Houston

It’s taken me an entire week to write this post. The shock I had when Michael Jackson died pales in comparison to how stunned I felt last Saturday evening when I heard about Whitney’s passing. I’m still so stunned. Shook. Unlike MJ, I, like so many other Black girls, saw myself in Whitney. I saw my potential in and through Whitney and her success. She Read more...

February 2, 2012

Real Talk

Dear BET: What Happened To THE GAME?

Dear BET:

I am stunned, hurt and so tremendously disappointed by the portrayals featured on your highly touted, record-breaking show “The Game.” I knew when I saw the first episode and Tasha Mack was smoking a Black-n-Mild that this was probably not going to be the CW show I once loved, but I was still invested in seeing how storylines would play out now that some of my favorite characters had found a home on Read more...

January 20, 2012

Grooves

RIP Etta James (Jan. 25, 1938 – Jan. 20, 2012)

Born Jamesetta Hawkins and known affectionately as Miss Peaches, the ever-adored badass beauty Etta James transitioned this morning at the age of 73, less than a week shy of her 74th birthday.

I realize there’s a contingency of folk who just recently got put on to the magic that was Miss Peaches via Beyonce’s tortured cinematic portrayal, but so many more of us have long been spinning our parent’s vinyl. We swooned to “I Read more...

January 17, 2012

First Lady

Behind EVERY Great Man, Is a Great Woman!

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama went out to lunch one day and suddenly the owner of the restaurant walked over to greet them. The owner kindly introduced himself to the President, then turned and told the First Lady, “WOW MICHELLE, YOU STILL LOOK GREAT!” As the owner walked away from the table, the POTUS asked Mrs. Obama, “Someone you know from the past?” Mrs. Obama responded, “Yeah, he had a strong crush Read more...

January 13, 2012

The Goods

THE GOODS: The Darker The Burberry!

Clearly someone over at Burberry must have taken note of the saying, “the darker the berry, the sweeter the juice” before they designed their Burberry Prorsum Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear Collection. A saying made popular by Black women with chocolate complexions back in the day, Burberry has appropriated our celebration of rich color by infusing their signature, light beige trench with rich hues and natural textures making an already beautiful coat, sweet like red, juicy summer Read more...