November 23, 2015

Best Of, Real Talk

You Never Know! (It’s not always #BlackGirlJoy)

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 14:  People hug during services at Middle Collegiate Church in Manhattan honoring Trayvon Martin on July 14, 2013 in New York City. George Zimmerman was acquitted of all charges in the shooting death of Martin July 13 and some congregants wore hoodies during the service to honor Martin.  (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 173735708

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After a mountaintop experience with Carrie Mae Weems and my college bestie Kim last weekend in DC, I returned to NYC on Monday. That same night I had an awesome time at a cocktail mixer. I engaged with literary agents, editors and other writers and was feeling uber inspired as a creative and as a Black woman. Then I decided to take the bus back uptown to Harlem after the Read more...

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...

December 7, 2012

The Goods

#ShopSis: Emily Jayne Butters & Fragrances

For quite some time I’ve had this idea to highlight my favorite products especially the ones made by women because I really respect the risk-taking courage, smarts and stamina it takes to be an entrepreneur. I feel more and more that we as a community do not celebrate our small business entrepreneurs the way we should. With the big box business boom of Starbucks, WalMart and H&M, I’ve seen so many of my favorite small Read more...

August 8, 2012

The Goods

Trader Joe’s: My Kinda Fast Food

In 1995 I called myself “relocating” to Los Angeles to work on a music project and to make a name for myself in TV and film. Forget making a splash in Hollywood, I was going to create a tidal wave. Two weeks went by and I was clear about one thing: I hated La La Land! The only water works I was creating were the tears I cried at night as I longed to get Read more...

June 11, 2011

Art

Kara Walker’s Dust Jackets for the Niggerati

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theHotness presents…

An Art Walk & Talk

for

KARA WALKER’S

Dust Jackets for the Niggerati–and Supporting Dissertations,
Drawings Submitted Ruefully by Dr. Kara E. Walker

hosted by

Nicole Moore
Founder & Editor, theHotness.com

&

Dexter Wimberly
Director of Communications, Museum for African Art

When:

TODAY – Saturday, June 11, 2011
3:00pm – 5:00pm
Sikkema Jenkins & Co.

530 West 22nd St., NYC

* Afterwards we will continue the conversation over drinks *
@ The Read more...

May 17, 2011

Grooves, Videos

Ledisi’s “Pieces Of Me”

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“People just don’t know what I’m about/ They haven’t seen what’s there behind my smile/ There’s so much more I’m showing now,” sings Ledisi on her new single Pieces Of Me from her forthcoming album of the same name. Last night at the Samsung Experience in the Time Warner Center Ledisi sang “Pieces” with a conviction that made her lean hard on the mic stand towards the audience all awhile her eyes remaining wide open. Read more...

November 4, 2010

TV/Film

“For Colored Girls” Viewing & Discussion

Please join theHotness.com in collaboration with Real Colored Girls and BlackFemme.blogspot.com for a group viewing of Tyler Perry’s latest cinematic venture “FOR COLORED GIRLS” this Sunday, November 7th at the Union Square Cinema Stadium 14 @1:50PM (group discussion @ NYU immediately following).

Based on the groundbreaking and revelatory choreopeoem “FOR COLORED GIRLS WHO HAVE CONSIDERED SUICIDE WHEN THE RAINBOW IS ENUF” by Ntozake Shange, the movie adaptation has fostered controversy and myriad responses. What better Read more...

August 5, 2010

Best Of, Lifestyle, Pad, Real Talk

Drill Baby, Drill!

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All this talk about drilling really has me thinking about one of the items on my Bucket List:

· Learn how to use a drill to absolute perfection.

You see my Bucket List isn’t a summary of things I want to do before I die, but rather it’s a compilation of things I want and need to learn, and here’s the best part, while I am still single. Not to say marriage is akin to Read more...

August 22, 2009

Grooves, Videos

Marsha Ambrosius– Cool Chick, Hot Flo

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Okay I think it’s high time we stop fronting with these politically correct music critiques. Both the music industry and artists alike are suffering from disingenuously wack music reviews, not to say how this kind of criticism has rendered music journalism damn near irrelevant. So real talk. I know most fans of Floetry have love for both Marsha Ambrosius and Natalie Stewart– The Songstress and The Floacist respectively, but we all know that Marsha was Read more...