Hanna needs a hug.
This past Tuesday I went out on a date…with me,myself, and I. It was nothing too fancy, just an outing to the movies. I went with no clear intent on what I wanted to see, except I knew that I wasn’t going to waste my hard-earned cash on another Tyler Perry “Madea” film (you can only tell the same joke for so long).
On a whim I decided to go the action route and check out Hanna. [click to continue….]
From L-R: Zandile Blay, Emil Wilbekin, Bethann Hardison, Lola Ogaunnaike
On Thursday, April 7th, I attended a panel at our partner organization the MAD Museum titled The New Black: Fashion and Design on Branding Culture. The panel featured three prominent, black figures in the fashion world: Zandile Blay (fashion editor of Essence Magazine and editor of ASD and the Blay Report), Bethann Hardison (legendary model and Editor-At-Large of Vogue Italia), Emil Wilbekin (Managing Editor at Essence.com), and Lola Ogaunnaike (of CNN and is also a well-known writer and television personality).
So yes, I sat there in the Museum auditorium for two hours and listened to these giants debate topics such as branding, empires, entrepreneurs, the internet, and bloggers. Although amazing points and quips were made regarding these ideas (i.e “What’s your brand, boo?!” – Emil), they all agreed on one thing: business measures and opinions can truly hinder the growth of a talented designer. [click to continue….]
I LIVE New York!
There are two types of New Yorkers. People who live in the city, and people who actually LIVE in the city. You may be asking, “What is the difference?” The difference is that there are many individuals who do not take advantage of what this international capital has to offer. They go through their everyday duties and never stop to take in the splendors around them.
I am a person who falls in the latter category. I LIVE in New York. Although, I feel that I am far from a social butterfly, I do try to take in as much (read: FREE) NYC events as I possibly can. For example, this past Saturday, my friends and I ventured out to Union Square to participate in an enormous pillow fight (with the pillows later being donated to the Pillows for Puppies campaign). [click to continue….]
A few weeks ago, my best friend and I stopped by the AMC theatre to check out the new indie flick Mooz-lum. The story takes place in the weeks leading up to 9/11, and shows how a college freshman struggles with his identity as a Muslim. Although, the plot may seem a bit blah and predictable, I have to admit that that I have never seen anything like this. The emotions conveyed in the film are raw, unfiltered, and every character exudes a trait that we all can relate to. Told with a series of flashbacks, we see how the main figure Tariq (Evan Ross) loses and eventually finds himself in world that can be intolerable of “the others”
If you want a break from the countless 3D and unnecessary Hollywood remakes, then this is the film for you. The movie has a limited engagement in AMC theatres ( meaning, it will be on DVD and Blu-Ray by the time I publish this post), so hustle off to go see it asap.
P.S. Ladies, Evan Ross and his co-star, Kunal Sharmal, are reason enough to go see this movie. You can thank me later…