“Gentrification or self annihilation ?..”
Touchy topic ? Possibly , but at that time the conversation was cavalier enough to entertain over happy hour on Thursday night. A margarita and wings on that guy. Gratitude ! Then a random, stranger brings up the topic of “the hood”. His debate, “Gentrification ? Or black people just don’t know how to take care of sh!t,” end quote .
Now before we get our panties in a bunch; trust me , I was just as frazzled as you may be at this very moment . I mean how dare he, a black , educated, young man depreciating his own race? To say that those that are less fortunate simply don’t know how to maintain their communities? Have others made a conscious effort not to care? To argue whether or not some communities have chosen self deprecation as a lifestyle ? Verses the debate of the city benefiting financially from impoverish displacement.
In 2010 the Harold Ickes homes eradicated hundreds of families in Chicago, IL . Hundreds left to fend for little to nothing. The CHA aggravated what already seemed to be a troubled community. The Chicago Housing Authority, aka the slumlords of the hood. The institution responsible for the social experiment that took a turn for the worst. Demolishing the only grasp of hope left: family, friends and enemies .
#Chiraq a #spikeleejoint
I’m always a fan of a good “Spike Lee Joint”! This is the film legend responsible for creating classics: Crooklyn , She’s Gotta Have it , and Do the Right Thing. The man who’s not afraid to address social injustice through the expression of art.
Spike Lee is infamous for his bold, controversial approach in film . Lee takes on his latest hurdle with “Chiraq”. Some Chicagoans already stirring because of the title and the connotation that is associated with the word.
The locals speaking out against Chicago’s violence epidemic find the title of Lee’s latest debut to be offensive . Arguably, with an all star line up like Samuel L Jackson, and two of Chicago’s shining stars, Common and Kanye West; Lee has the fighting power to convert the non believers.
In celebration of Women’s History month, we recognize the Queens who paved the way for aspiring artists of our generation, their impact present day , and their waves of vibrations resonating for generations to come .
Ms. Lauryn Hill, a legend in her right; recently selected as one of the 25 records archived in the Library of Congress, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.
Time Hop ..
Ms. Lena Horne, an American actress, singer, dancer and Civil Rights Activist. The timeless beauty who made what was once impossible, possible; black women in film and theatre.
A career of a lifetime: 70 years in film, television and Broadway. Ms. Lena Horne, we salute you!
“Halle Berry! Halle Berry!” The first African American, woman to recieve an Oscar for Best Actress.
This is a Man’s World !
March marks the month of the celebration of women and our femininity. Too bad we still have to tolerate the world’s restrictions once the month is out. Hell, “It’s a Man’s world !” after all. At least according to the God Father, politics, politricks and all of the above.
The almighty Boy’s Club. The Dictators of our government, and the gate keepers of our salaries . The man, the leader and the head. Some would even question why another would question a woman’s place as “second best” , verses a man’s equal. Physically they’re stronger but does that leave room for the female to be bullied or overshadowed within any given working, industry?
According to Mrs. Carter, we all have a little more confidence knowing we have the potential to run this world. Salute!
For decades women have experienced the plague of stereotypes, and set expectations of how we should conduct ourselves; who we should be. Experiencing discrimination within our work place, labeled “bossy”, “sassy” or accused of having an attitude if one chooses to show any sign of self confidence or leadership. Today we celebrate the women who dared to go against the grain, and break through the glass ceilings set in place . Today, March 8th, 2015 we celebrate International Women’s day.
Black Women in America: When keeping it real goes wrong..
“It’s the first of the month .. Wake up wake up.”
Relationships – side chic vs . side who?!
The other day I had this very random discussion about relationships. Fidelity verses infidelity. Questioning the parallel worlds of the uncommitted young man verses the uncommitted young woman. Where is the line drawn? Who determines who’s right from who’s wrong? Discussing all this and more in today’s hot topics .
In 2015 , the evolution of love and relationships have taken on new plights, or some would say, a new “perspective”. The act of free liberation within one’s said “open relationship”, and still the possibility of one or all parties getting hurt in the process. From “just friends” all the way to the other end of the spectrum, monogamy.
Personally, I’m an old fashion kind of gal ,but times are changing faster than the next viral, social application. The real debate is whether or not women should be judged for stepping outside of their relationship. For example, when a guy and a girl meet; if they like one another, the two will eventually come to some form of mutual understanding if they continue to date. In a perfect world , both parties would have a clear understanding of whether or not they’re going to commit to one another, verses an occasional good time. Unfortunately, the world we live in is not so perfect…
“YEEZY taught me..”
2015 has already proven to be a monumental year for hip hop, and the legends that have helped to open new doors of opportunity. Artists taking risks and leaving their impression, whether good or bad; we all kept watching. Kanye West, a man of many words who often is misunderstood proves that perseverance will eventually attribute to the fruits of your labor.
Kanye West and Will Smith spotted here outside of a recording studio in Brazil. A future collaboration in the works with one of Hollywood’s best film actors.
#Flawless Remix FT. ONIKA..
“I’M TEXAS FOREVER.. THESE THOTS CAN’T CLOCK ME NOWADAYZ..” Yonce’
Bold and unapologetic Yonce’ addresses the infamous elevator incident..
““We escalate, up in this bitch like elevators, of course sometimes s–t go down when there’s billion dollars on an elevator,” Bey.
Where’s HIP-HOP headed ?… With more and more crossing over to a genre wrought with aggression, sex, compassion, drugs, and street life; some question whether or not the new comers are making a mockery of what we once held so dear to our hearts. Hip Hop and it’s commercialization; Iggy shares her skewed point of view below.
“Music is art to me . You don’t censor art. You don’t go into a museum and censor things,” Iggy.
“It’s different, it’s weird to say, ‘She’s a white rapper or she can’t do this because she’s this color – this color does this thing. These are the boxes we have, this is what it is, don’t try to change it.’ And it’s crazy to me because I’m just not from that world, so I can’t really rock with it all the way,” Iggy.
Seventeen year old singer/songwriter made a huge impact on the Billboard charts this year with her hit single , “ROYALS”. She serves up a dose of REALITY with her audacious lyrics and bellows out the truth from the pits of her soul..
My friends and I—we’ve cracked the code.
We count our dollars on the train to the party.
And everyone who knows us knows that we’re fine with this,
We didn’t come from money.
But every song’s like gold teeth, grey goose, trippin’ in the bathroom.
Blood stains, ball gowns, trashin’ the hotel room,
We don’t care, we’re driving Cadillacs in our dreams.
Hip Hop’s gone global.. let’s learn to embrace it xoxox.
YONCE’ and JIGGA ON THE RUN..The Queen Bee has been taking names for over a decade in this music industry and she’s not letting her foot off the gas pedal! This Power couple locked arms and took flight touring the US of A in their most recent tour, “On the Run”.
Rumors have been circulating about a possibility of their marriage being on the rocks, but as we all know; RUMORS hold no merit. These two hold power in their names, and their bond is unbreakable. It’s beautiful to see a strong, black man treat a beautiful, talented, strong black women with the utmost respect. True LOVE is the glue that holds it ALL in place.
“Natural Nicki” finally released her CHART TOPPING visual for “Pills and Potions”. A closer, intimate, softer shade of Nicki. She unveils her vulnerabilities in this number, with rap-star, GAME making his chameo appearance..
“SEX, DRUGS AND ALCOHOL”
“I still Love you..”
Signing on after a busy week of music, fashion and some occasional gossip.. (sigh) but I guess even the BRIGHTEST of stars can’t escape the hate. Mixed reviews of Kimye’s wedding and the Ever so Rude, Ri-Ri draped in Swarovski crystals at the CFDA Fashion Awards earlier this week.
Rihanna proudly accepts the award for Fashion Icon Winner. According to our sources; the gown was composed of over 230,000 Swarovski crystals. She stunned us all with this revealing twist! She’s probably the one and ONLY celeb that could pull this one off; a true work of ART. ( For the skeptics, our sources confirmed Rihanna left the venue in a much less revealing dress. ) *wink smile*
finally tie the knot xoxo !
On this day we mourn the passing of Dr. Maya Angelou. Poet, and author of over 30 best sellers, actress, singer and political, civil rights activist passes at 86 years of age. Dr. Maya Angelou will forever reign, reminding young women and those coming of age that we too have a voice, purpose and mission to stand for what we believe in. A constant reminder that we should give love and receive love with every waking breath.
The Original “Miss Calypso” captured here from a 1950’s performance.
“Nobody is going to take you to the front of the line — you need to push to the front of the line,” ~ Dr. Combs ~
Earlier this month Diddy took on a fourth name and added another accomplishment to his bucket list, humbly accepting the Honorary doctorate from Howard University! His drive is a constant reminder of a “can-do” attitude. Congrats Dr. Sean Combs, and an even bigger congratulations to the class of 2014!!
“The first billionaire in HIP HOP right here from the motherf—-n West Coast,” Dre announces.
Today rumors flew about the Doc’s most recent accomplishment; the God stumbled across the deal of a lifetime ! According to our sources Dr. Dre is set to close a $3.2 billion dollar deal with his new partner in crime, Apple Inc.
Jimmy Iovine, Apple executive, head of Interscope Records and original founder of Beats Headphones hinted at the merger earlier this year. With Beats and Apple partnering it would only contribute to the “music empire” , keeping apple users connected via i-Tunes, i-Pod and or their personal i-Phones.
in the meantime.. SHOTS FIRED !!
Natural Nicki set a fire that won’t stop Blazing! Young Money’s Tyga responds to “Chi-Raq” with his own rendition of heavy-weight rhymes accompanied by the infamous GAME to follow up on Durk’s attack! Who is “Lil-Durk” ? .. According to the GAME , absolutely nobody..
Listen HERE! >>> Tyga Ft. the GAME .. “CHI-RAQ” remix (Durk Diss)
“You know lil’ Durk?! ..”
What’s good world ?! So much has taken place in such a short period of time.. but don’t worry I’ll catch you up on what you might’ve missed starting with one of the biggest weeks in Fashion, highlighting the best moments from the 2014 Met Gala. This year lovers of fashion honored the legendary Charles James.
Charles James is well known for his sexy silhouettes and signature ball gowns, and all the celebrities showed up and out to pay homage to the legendary Charles James in this year’s 2014 Met Gala ! A few celebrities took the traditional “ballgown” approach while others teetered on the edge of risque ..
Rihanna wins BIG at this year’s iHeart Awards sporting her Bantu knots with absolutely NO APOLOGIES ! Congrats Ri Ri.. Phoenix Rising
Queen Bey graces the cover of TIME, crowned one of the “Most Influential people of 2014″ .
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: “We say to girls, ‘You can have ambition, but not too much.” ..
” Even the sun goes down .. heroes eventually die. Horoscopes often lie, and sometimes why ? Nothing is for sure, nothing is for certain, nothing lasts forever, but until they close the curtain; it’s Him and I – AQUEMINI ..” – OUTKAST
Outkast reunited for the first time in 12 years to perform at the Coachella Valley music and Arts festival ! 2014 marks Outkasts’ 20th anniversary. Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past 20 years; these guys are the RAP GODS of our generation. The ONLY HIP HOP GROUP to have received a grammy for Album of the Year in 2004. This year Andre 3k and Big Boi plan to tour and perform at over 40 festivals worldwide in commemoration of their 20th anniversary! ( Where’s my “ticket Oak” ?)
Mr. Williams puts on an ELECTRIC, STAR-STUDDED performance with an iconic, surprise guest..
” I ain’t NO HOLLA BACK GIRL…” 44 and she’s STILL sizzling HOT !
LOVE IN 2014 ..
Dating in 2014? For those that are single, sexy and free; pay CLOSE attention. 2014 marks the year of the RE-BIRTH of “lady” and “gent”.
There’s no debating.. the media is over saturated with sex, sex, and more SEX! Which leaves the majority of young ladies inclined to believe that’s all her new bow is in pursuit of . On the other hand, the “hot guy” you’re dating just may be interested in you. So, how do you differentiate the two?
Online dating ? Personally not my cup of tea.. but for those that fancy the occasional “virtual flirt” ; be sure to choose wisely. Do your research, and don’t be afraid to mix and mingle in the REAL WORLD before you arrange to meet up with a complete stranger you met online.. catfish ?
Friends first vs “friend zone”
.. Seems pretty self explanatory right ? If he’s willing to be a friend and he’s HOT .. YOU WIN!
Fashionistas , if you’ve tuned into the second season of “The Face” this year; you too have had the privilege of eye-witnessing Ms. Naomi Campbell’s transformation of young, aspiring models. Naomi shines so bright and shares her world, mentoring a handful of models competing to be “THE FACE”.
This past week the girls were introduced to one of their most difficult challenges thus far. “Cross Dressing ?”
The Face made a bold statement with the gals posing with their mentors as the OPPOSITE SEX , and Naomi’s team took home the WIN after their stellar performance on set.
Happy Belated Birthday Mr. Williams !! .. ( Always right on time ) Signing on weekly to inform you of what you just might have missed . First and foremost, we must pay homage to one of the finest and most talented cats in the game, “Skateboard – P” a.k.a Pharrell .
Pharrell came in the game swingin’ big blows in 2013 with top charting hits , “Blurred Lines” and Daft Punk’s , “Get Lucky!”. 2014 bared the fruits of his labor; receiving recognition for “Producer of the Year” at this year’s Grammy Awards.
Mr. Williams sets the bar high when it comes to music and fashion; he’s never been afraid to push the envelope!
Check him out in his latest issue of GQ .
Lady Gaga graced Sway with her presence the other day; giving us an inside look backstage! Gaga was even humble enough to exclusively welcome us into her get-a-way apartment ..
LADY GAGA TAKEOVER <<<<< WATCH IT HERE ..
What is ” steam punk ” ?? Well according to Wiki, STEAMPUNK “is a sub-genre of science fiction that typically features steam-powered machinery” . The term “steam punk” came about in the late 80’s (1987 to be exact). Ironically, this unique style of fashion is heavily influenced by yester-year’s works of fiction; dating as far back as 1950. Yes, fashion can be impractical at times.. but I know the real fashionistas can appreciate whatever she has to offer!
FLASH BACK FRIDAY .. guess who.
“How YOU Doin’ ?!” You guessed it.. the Queen of Gossip *wink smile* . Wendy Williams was strikingly beautiful before she went under the knife ! Natural high cheek bones, dimples and not to mention – her nose wasn’t all that bad. I guess we can’t judge if someone takes it upon themselves to make “alterations” to their bods, but personally for someone who’s content with my overall appearance; I never understood why the majority of celebs take that risk.
“Ms. Jackson if you’re Nasty..”
Supermodel Janice Dickinson (plastic surgery fail.. -_- )
Oh ScarJO .. she’s such a doll *muah*
JAY-Z set to release 60 MINUTE BIO documentary, ” A Genius Leaves the Hood ” .
“You have to have a soul of a poet and a mind of a killer ..”
JAY-Z’s bio doc has the critics in an up roar.. , “If we’re going to be the one’s idolizing him; then we need to look at ourselves and say, why are we idolizing someone who we know promotes commercialism ?? ”
“When a member of that group rise to some kind of stature, they owe something back to their people.. ”
WATCH THE TEASER HERE!! >>>>> http://youtu.be/X3r1Q3wDtAE <<<
” A Genius Leaves the Hood: The Unauthorized STORY OF JAY-Z ”
“We’re about to put out a piece of art like nobody else has done in the history of [modern] music,” says Wu-Tang Clan member Robert “RZA” Diggs. “We’re making a single-sale collector’s item. This is like somebody having the scepter of an Egyptian king.”
If you haven’t heard.. Wu-Tang is cooking up something monumental this year! 2014 marks the year of Wu-Tang’s 20th anniversary. In commemoration of their legacy, the reunion album, “A Better Tomorrow” , is set to be released this summer. Following that album’s release, Wu-Tang plan on doing what no artist has done before – Releasing a SINGLE ALBUM for their most devoted fans to bid on !
The double-album , “Once upon a time in Shaolin” , is one the Clan have been working on in secret for the past few years. The album is encased in a silver, nickel box crafted by British Moroccan artist , Yahya. Prior to the album’s sale; the album will tour the world, being featured in special museums and galleries. Just like a high-profile exhibit at a major institution, there’ll be a cost to attend, likely in the $30-$50 range. Once the album completes its tour, Wu-Tang will make it available for purchase for a price in the millions!
Nicki’s latest single , “Lookin’ ass nigga” didn’t cease to amaze. If anyone has the art of “shock and awe” down to its science – it’s this chic. Ms. Minaj puts the shoe on the other foot and serves up a dose of hip hop’s own degrading poison. If you’re at all familiar with the culture and the current state of music – black women are not necessarily the most respected key figures in this industry. In fact , “hoe” and “b!tch” are the two most profane words used to describe women in the majority of the commercial music that’s shared with the masses today.
“lookin’ a$$ ni99a” >>> WATCH IT HERE !!!>>> http://youtu.be/2mwNbTL3pOs//
When it comes to hustle and ambition; this Diva sets the bar high! Yonce’ surprised us all with her latest album release, self titled, “Beyonce” . Stirring up quite a few discussions about her bold lyrics, and racy visuals.
Uncle Rush appeared on Arsenio Hall last night addressing some very touchy topics : the “n-word” , Kid Cudi and the direction of where Hip-Hop is headed . Promising ? ..
BOONDOCKS SEASON 4 PREMIER 4/21/14
For all you “hipsters” , back-packers , hip-hop heads aka “nerds” .. I know you’re geeked about the season premier ( I AM!! *sets dvr* )
KIM-YE STRIKE A POSE in the latest Vogue Issue
Lady Gaga releases 11min Vid “G.U.Y” ( Girl under You ) Aphrodite ..yummy ~
Gaga never let’s you down .. she’ll leave you spell bound with just the flip of her wig! Hold onto your lace fronts ladies (no worries, there’s no vomit or raw meat in this rendition). Instead she’s serving it all , holding nothing back, living and reveling with the Goddess of Love. Only the “best freaks” can relate *applause applause*
GAGA G.U.Y <<< WATCH IT HERE!! <<<<
JAY-Z VS. DRIZZY – DRAKE ??
Jay-Z partners with Hip-Hop’s living legend Jay Electronica “We Made it” . SHOTS FIRED!
listen here >>JIGGA VS. DRIZZY
“Sorry Mrs. Drizzy for so much art talk. Silly me, rappin’ ’bout sh*t that I really bought – while these rappers rap about guns that they ain’t shot – and a bunch of other silly sh*t that they ain’t got.”
Spring Fashion !! Ladies get ready to dump the “vamp-lip” this spring calls for peaches, pinks and a sexy nude lip!
BRIGHT COLORS for the spring! Flowers are blossoming and so are you beautiful ..
Tom Ford Makeup Collection Spring 2014
Longer days call for an increase in your activities. “Hot Bods” require a certain level of discipline and commitment. I don’t take myself too seriously when it comes to staying fit, but I do stand firm on exercising at least 3 days out of the week (minimum). Do what works for you: cycling, running, lifting light weights , yoga etc . As long as you don’t get stuck in the SAME ROUTINE . Switch it up from time to time to keep work outs challenging and fun! Working out shouldn’t be a task , once you’ve motivated yourself to get up and do it, don’t stop xoxo.
Try setting personal goals: 100 crunches a day – 4 sets of 25
One Hundred squats a day.. almost there lift that rump !
What’s good World .. it’s your girl Shayna Love signin’ ON . Excited to share the re-launch of our website. Updating you weekly with my “bias” *wink smile* take on the latest in Current Events, pop-culture and just for fun – the occasional “Haves and Have Nots! ”