Arts & Culture

Pauline Black: ‘Black By Design’

Pauline Black: ‘Black By Design’

Overview:   Born in 1953 to Anglo-Jewish/Nigerian parents, Pauline Black was subsequently adopted by a white, working class family in Romford. Never quite at home there, Pauline was always made to feel different, both by the local community and members of her extended family, who saw her at best as a curiosity, at worst as(…)

Thelma Golden: How Art Gives Shape To Cultural Change

Thelma Golden: How Art Gives Shape To Cultural Change

Thelma Golden, past curator of the Whitney Museum and present curator at the Studio Museum in Harlem, discusses three recent shows that explore how art examines and redefines culture. The “post-black” artists she works with are using their art to provoke a new dialogue about race and culture — and about the meaning of art(…)

Exclusive Interview With Margo Manhattan; Jewelry Designer’s Line Featured in Beyonce’s New Visual Album

Exclusive Interview With Margo Manhattan; Jewelry Designer’s Line Featured in Beyonce’s New Visual Album

“I was born during intermission,” states spirited and internationally-renowned jewelry designer margo manhattan. Daughter of New York city Prima Ballerina Karin Von Aroldingen and God-Daughter to ballet master George Balanchine, Margo was born into a life of beauty and culture, one that prized precision, hard work and originality. Inspired by the fast pace of new(…)

Christmas Gift Of “Questionable Goods” From HBO Girls

Christmas Gift Of “Questionable Goods” From HBO Girls

“Cipriana Quann you are the voice of your generation or at least “A” generation” -HBOgirls   Besides this complementary and hilarious message, I was pleasantly surprised to arrive home and receive a personal Christmas gift from one of my favorite shows, ‘Girls‘ on HBO. The package contained some of the most unusual and zany gifts(…)

Exclusive with Photographer Abby Ross

Exclusive with Photographer Abby Ross

 “I wished for them to go by in slow motion, so I could somehow record the scenes. There is hidden beauty in the ordinary, and great beauty in the overlooked. Little things are big, less is more. Imperfection is beautiful. Paradoxes such as these fascinate me.”  -Abby Ross (quote via: featureshoot)   Meet Los Angeles(…)

FEFO: Yagazie Emezi’s Humorous Occasions

FEFO: Yagazie Emezi’s Humorous Occasions

“With my cartoons, I draw directly from my personal life. From battling with boyfriends over having my hair in their faces, to being the creepy big spoon and watching them sleep, to the single life struggle of loneliness and horniness, I simply apply my pen to paper to share with others what I thought at first(…)

10 Natural Remedies for Cold and Flu

10 Natural Remedies for Cold and Flu

I’m sorry for not blogging in a while, you guys. I finally made the big move to Austin, Texas! Moving half way across the country and getting myself and my family settled has taken up all my time and energy. And in the process I have gotten sick, so I thought it would be great(…)

Thandie Newton: “Embracing Otherness, Embracing Myself”

Thandie Newton: “Embracing Otherness, Embracing Myself”

A few weeks ago I shared my story of how my Mother’s image affected my natural hair journey and my definition of beauty (you can read my story here) with Celebrity Makeup Artist, Kay Montano and BAFTA Awarding-winning Actress, Thandie Newton for their new beauty site, ThandieKay. Today I wanted to share Thandie’s candid discussion(…)

Opening Ceremony: The Visionary Ladies Behind Solange’s New Music Website; SAINT HERON

Opening Ceremony: The Visionary Ladies Behind Solange’s New Music Website; SAINT HERON

via: Opening Ceremony by: Mecca James Williams   When Solange released advanced copies of her new Saint Heron compilation earlier this month, she brought the party to Opening Ceremony in a decked out Lamborghini, customized by artist Rashaad Newsome. Ever since, I knew I had to track down the team who was behind the event by any means necessary. Saada Ahmed,(…)