December 15, 2011

Best Of, Real Talk

Kiss My Placenta!

Erykah Badu had to break bad when her fans voiced their disapproval over her reproductive life: “HOW DARE YOU DISRESPECT THE QUEENDOM… AND MY CHILDREN AND MY INTELLIGENCE.” It seems that folk are not pleased that the singer, songwriter, producer, actress and doula has had three children with three different men, so they went straight to her fansite to voice their discontent. Up in arms and all up in her womb, fans feel Ms. Badu Read more…

November 18, 2011

Fly-aspora

Black Gold Of The Sun


Black Gold of The Sun. Indian Gold. Ghetto Gold.
Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon.
She is Oyá, Yemayá and definitely Oshún.
Lakshmi and Kali.
Not Venus de Milo.
She is the mahogany, chocolate, amber glow of Black Power.
She is delicate and kick ass. Narrow hips and big ass.
She is Mumbai, Dubai and Bed Stuy.
She is Rum Raisin shellacked lips.
Afro-Sheen.
Afro-Queen.
Afro-Asiatic.
She smells like Chai.
Nagchampa.
A Mississippi Masala Mozambiquen Maroon.
She Read more…

July 20, 2011

Real Talk

Girls Do Run The World!

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Big-up to the US women’s soccer team who rallied from behind to beat Brazil and played a nail-biter of a thriller this past weekend against Japan. Both teams showed heart, endurance and spirit throughout the competition. I’m not mad at Japan. If any one country could use an infusion of joy and excitement it would be Japan. And I love that a team of women, who were considered underdogs, were able to prove so many Read more…

July 12, 2011

Best Of, theHigh-5

5 Things We Can Learn From Frida Kahlo

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Frida Kahlo– survivor, lover, revolutionary. When broken she reinvented herself. Her body was her canvas that became a site of empowerment for all women. Born Magdalena Carmen Frieda Kahlo y Calderón, Frida was a bonafide Cancer who loved to love and be loved. Tomorrow will mark the 57th anniversary of Frida Kahlo’s death. The defiantly beautiful Mexicana who created some 200 paintings and drawings during her lifetime would’ve turned 104 last Wednesday– her birthday and Read more…

June 16, 2011

Real Talk

Fashion Industry’s Problem With Black Girls

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UPDATE (06.21.11): Vogue Italia Editor-in-Chief, Franca Sozzani, responds to recent claims that the Fashion Industry is racist. The title of her post, which was published yesterday, “Why It Is So Hard To Scout For Black Models?” never really gets answered. Instead Sozzani minimizes the allegations of racism by saying that the media has an unfortunate need to be controversial: “I feel sorry for being a journalist. I do understand that few of us do this Read more…

March 16, 2011

Best Of, Videos

What is theHotness?

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It never fails. I give someone my business card and I get an, “Ooohh, what’s theHotness” and, usually if it’s a dude, a raised eyebrow and a wink will accompany this sentence. Um no. Sorry, wrong kind of hotness, sir. I’m not running a Heidi Fleiss den of sex and scandal. “It’s a dotcom… we celebrate the brains, backbone and beauty of brown girls,” I respond. I hate to do it, but I always Read more…

November 24, 2010

Hot Grrrls

Hot Grrrl: Ntozake Shange


Last Monday afternoon, after switching up my schedule, I nervously went to the Nuyorican Poets Café website to purchase tickets. I had postponed a conference call and changed my dinner plans, yet I wasn’t even sure if there were still tickets available for Ntozake Shange’s rare appearance that night at the legendary hot spot for spoken word, poetry and music. I clicked “1-Ticket” and sho nuff my card was charged $12 to see the woman Read more…

November 11, 2010

TV/Film

For Colored Girls, For Goodness Sake

For Colored Girls, please for goodness sake do not be another Diary Of A Mad Black Woman,’ I thought on the train ride down to the movie theater where I was meeting up with almost 40 other women to see Tyler Perry’s adaptation of Ntozake Shange’s groundbreaking, powerful call-to-arms for Black women “For Colored Girls Who Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf.” I can say, with relief, FCG is TP’s best Read more…

November 2, 2010

Lifestyle

Brand You: Colored, Crazy & Confused?

Even though I’m not a big fan of Halloween, I do find the dress-up, costuming aspect very interesting. It was kind of telling to go out on Sunday night and see the majority of little girls dressed as witches, Dorothy of the Wizard of Oz and princesses and then to see grown women as sexy nurses, sexy teachers and of course very sexy Dorothys. As little girls, our fantasy is to be really evil, really Read more…

September 27, 2010

Best Of, Grooves

Whipping My Hair!

Here in NYC it’s been gloomy and gray for the past two days. Monday’s are hard enough to get motivated for me without rain and dark skies smothering my spirit and zapping my zeal. This morning when my clock radio went off that Eminem/ Rihanna song about love and domestic abuse started playing. Talk about a downer. Before I could press snooze I felt my body sag with blah weariness. By the time I got Read more…