Black Art Matters: Africa Forecast

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I’ve been super lazy with the photo sharing of all the beauty I’ve captured these last few months, but yesterday, my phone told me my storage was almost full.. so, you know why I’m here.

I visited Spelman for the second time this year. [It’s still dope.] I’m happy to say that the college frequently hosts interesting and thought provoking events and exhibitions not solely for students to enjoy, but the entire community. For free. Seriously, Black people, we are not lacking in the creative department! We have it on lock, actually. Whoop! And the arts are so necessary; they’re such a great outlet for self expression for the doer and a source of inspiration for the viewer. We need to foster and celebrate it.

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Contellations II, Constellations I, Constellations III – Lina Iris Viktor, 2016

The Spelman College Museum of Fine Art is proud to announce AFRICA FORECAST: Fashioning Contemporary Life, an original exhibition that will launch its 20th anniversary. The exhibition will position fashion through two overlapping perspectives: an ever-changing global marketplace and the unique ways that black women throughout the African Diaspora construct their lives. AFRICA FORECAST features work by black women artists and designers who shape, imagine, and redefine the impact of lifestyle in highly imaginative ways.
For the groundbreaking artists and designers in AFRICA FORECAST, style serves as endless inspiration for new approaches to dressing, social relationships, and activism. They stretch the boundaries of fashion’s influence in art and design, reflecting its ability to communicate complex social and cultural perspectives. As a result, the exhibition will encourage visitors to explore fashion’s changing shape in art and in their daily lives. AFRICA FORECAST will provide a dynamic snapshot of this global reflection on style through garments, photography, video, painting, and sculpture.
AFRICA FORECAST: Fashioning Contemporary Life is curated by Andrea Barnwell Brownlee, Ph.D. and Erika Dalya Massaquoi, Ph.D.

If you’re interested, click on any photo above + take the time to learn about the exhibition and the artists.

Oh and the soundtrack was that new Solange. Unedited! Perfectly fitting. I kick myself for not hearing about Africa Forecast until its last week! And then I didn’t make time to see it until the last day! It was really my cup of tea with all that brown skin, colorfulness, Solange and fashion. Knowing so many young Black ladies will see themselves in art-in a positive light-puts a smile on my face.

It really was beautiful. My camera phone doesn’t do it justice, but I hope you enjoyed. As always, thanks for stopping by.

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I often think she’d be so pretty without all the extras. But then again, she would probably look + act like a totally different person, so who knows? Society has us all fucked up..

 

Her eyebrows took up 2/3rds of her face and her lashes seemed to be reaching for both brows in an attempt to shake hands, wave or high-five. All things that are impossible for follicles-either real or fake-to do. I heard somewhere that eyebrows are the Swiss army knife of the human body. They protect your […]

via Evolution or Ego —

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Along with a third birthday, summer is here! Yaaaay! Summer is my second favorite season [a close 2nd to spring] for many reasons:

One: I love warm weather. {It’s the southern Cali and African in me, boo.} I’ll take a hot beach over snowy mountaintops any day.

Two: I can be pretty much be naked all the time. I love a onesie or sundress or shorts and a tank to keep me cool in the dog days of summer. Plus I can skip the whole bra thing half the time. Heaven!

Three: Festivals! Spring and summer boast the most festivals, so that means being outdoors, lots of music, food and local art[ists] to appreciate.

Four: More fruits are in season. I live for melons, y’all. I trade out morning pancakes for a big bowl of nature’s candy all season.

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Five: Beach days and pool parties and barbecues! I’m sure you read my post about body shaming a few weeks back so you know, regardless of your body type, you are ready for the parties and beach days summer hosts. An article on blackgirllonghair.com boasted 25 Black-owned swimwear brands to shop. Twenty-five, y’all! I didn’t know there were even that many! Give them your dollars if you don’t have a suit yet; they each have some really sexy, unique pieces.

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Happy summer! Make it sweet!

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I know this blew Twitter up {and I don’t even have a Twitter account!} Also I think she might be my future daughter.. but we’ll have to wait and see. A lot of people are talking about her but I had to give my little $.02:

Super proud {and in awe} of this young sister, Kyemah! She looks AaaaaaahhhhMAZING!!!! Not only is she embracing her natural hair and sporting a beautiful, African-inspired gown the she herself SKETCHED AND DESIGNED, but she’s showing the world that beauty has so many shades and corners and levels! Too much cleavage for an 18-year-old me but I woulda definitely rocked the $#!@ outta version of this to my prom if I could do it over.

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Sometimes we get trapped in our own prejudice ways. We don’t notice how the idea of a particular type of person changes the way we live our lives. The most creative people are the ones who step out of their comfort zone and take advantage of the world around them. My abilities as an artist allow me to experience the benefits that versatility fosters.

omygah… I think I need to remind you that she’s 18! Already so optimistic yet realistic. Kudos to Kyemah!! And to whoever raised her because she’s well on her way! We need more Black parents/teachers to exemplify self-acceptance and self-love and raise the youth to do the same. Also be proud of who they are as well as allowing this kind of freedom and self-expression. It’s contagious. And we need more sisters like her!!

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week 18 \\ 2015 : the dress code

Maybe I’m getting old? Possibly people have just become increasingly careless? Maybe both. My eyes see just way too many pajamas and butt cracks in public. And these people are having kids and teaching their kids not to care either.

Why though?? I’m so confused. And kinda annoyed.

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One of the reasons why I love the show Mad Men so much is because of the fashion. I mean back then even the housewives dressed up to sit in the house. God forbid a neighbor popped over and you’re in sweats burping your newborn! {Were sweats even a thing back then?} People made it a point to almost always look their best, and if they were caught outdoors wearing an old t-shirt and flannel pants, you better believe it was an emergency/they’d lost it.

Was this a bit excessive? Heck yes. But at least they were never underdressed, right? And regardless of how messed up their life was, the presentation was always pleasant, not sloppy. What you wear is a statement, despite the statement you think you’re not making when you roll out of bed and right out the door.

Lotion.

Wear a bra.

Make sure your tracks aren’t showing.

Iron your shirt.

Wear a belt.

Stains are bad.

All I’m saying is taking a little more time to put together a look says you care. IMO, looking nice is a form of self-love, just like eating right or bathing regularly. {And when you step outside in pjs, it’s safe to assume you haven’t bathed.}tf2

Anyway, I don’t need to see tailored suits {though it is MAD sexy!} or pleated skirts and perfectly coiffed hair but I just ask that people grow up, pull up their pants, wear their size and put a little effort into their looks. Just a little.

Please. Thanks 🙂

{rant over}

rantchic.com’s 24 things women should stop wearing after 30

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I’m only sharing cuz I thought this ish was funny. Especially the comments! Here’s my take on their bs stop wearing after 30 list:

24. graphic tees What? Why??! I could see if it had a One Direction logo or Justin Bieber on it…

23. bedazzled anything I agree 1000%.

22. blue eyeshadow The author actually said no to ALL eyeshadows! wtf??! I happen to love a smokey blue eye.

21. Vicky’s Secret PINK Yes, please. I hate it so much! Make it buuuuurrrrnnnnn!!!!!!!!

20. leopard print Soo so so baffled by this one. I own a leopard print dress, a leopard print onesie.. in fact, I’m on the hunt for a leopard print clutch.

19. sparkly pants Agreed. Unless you are six years old or a stage performer, sparkly pants are a problem for me, too- whether it be sequins or glitter, that trash bag material or whatever.

18. oversized sunglasses Four out of five pairs of my sunglasses are oversized though..

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Plus, what if you have a bigass head or a large face? I think it’d look bigger with small frames.

17. miss-matched socks If no one can see them, what’s the problem? Socks like to mysteriously disappear.. one.. by.. one..

16. hoop earrings I feel just the opposite: hoops are a classic earring style than women of any age can rock.

15. furry boots Agreed.

14. furry anything Disagreed. I still want a luxurious, faux fur coat.

Julia Sarr Jamois in faux fur

Julia Sarr Jamois in faux fur

13. tube tops eh, maybe if you got some double Ds! I like tube tops but I do think they look best on smaller chests, especially if you’re not wearing a bra.

12. short dresses W T F ……….. Short dresses are hot in the appropriate setting. Just don’t have your stuff hanging out, do the sit test and wear your size.

11. mini skirts The photo the site chose was pretty disturbing so I agree that no one should wear a skirt that short. But a nice short, body-con skirt is hot, even for women in their 40s and 50s!

10. overalls Really?

Two words:

Gwen.

Gwen.

Stefani.

Stefani.

Peep game. They’re back in style! You just have to know how to pull a look together with them. I would probably rock them on the beach as a cover up or super cas with some sandals and a beater, but they can look chic with some pumps. {P.S. I wish I’d bought some before my no-shopping rehab detox thing 😦 }

9. crop tops Again, please use discretion. I don’t wanna see anyone’s bare middle from below the belly button up to the under bust. Having the entire midsection out anywhere except the pool or beach is just not my thing, but there are some really hot, age appropriate, stylish crop tops for us thirty plusers.

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8. American Eagle I can’t really comment on this one..

7. booty shorts I agree that your cheeks should never be hanging out. I do love me some casual fit short shorts though 🙂

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Like these! With a graphic tee! hahahaha!!

6. old sneakers This one really depends. The dirty loved look is really only ok for Vans and Chucks. And old, dirty white sneakers are always a no.

5. cheap bras You should never wear a cheap bra actually. You’re doing the girls and your comfort a disservice.

4. glitter eyeshadow Again, it depends.sparklydow

I think this is lovely for a special occasion, but we all know certain folks that take things overboard.

3. platform flip-flops Spot on with this one. Don’t know why they ever existed.

2. Abercrombie & Fitch Never got into this brand either, not even when I saw it at Ross.

1. scrunchies Call me a hippie but I kiiiinda liiiike scrunchiiies.

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I’m guessing the original author is a 92 year-old great grandmother? I only agreed with six items on the no-no list, so there is no way this woman {or man} is hip to what’s in on the fashion front. Styles cycle in and out so we’re bound to see some looks repeat in our lifetime and we shouldn’t feel out of the loop just because we’re not “college-aged” anymore.

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I hope you found the list {and comments if you checked out rant chic} as chuckle-worthy as I did. And just continue to celebrate every year of life and experiment and have fun with whatever you wear.

week 12 \\ 2015

consume4Why I’m Not Buying Clothes [for myself] for the Entire YEAR

Mom said “you… what?” My sister laughed and a friend asked a horrified “whyyyy??!”

It sounds crazy. I know. Just read.

Firstly, I have a lot of clothes. A. Lot. I’ve been told so and I believe it. In my last apartment, I had two-count em!- TWO decent sized walk-in closets that were pretty much full. Sure, I had my art supplies and some cleaning stuff, but it was 90-92% clothing! In retrospect, that sounds ludicrous for one human.

Then when I moved, it felt like I was stuck packing clothes for forever!

The madness had to end and made a vow to not make not ONE clothing purchase for myself in 2015.

So far, so good.

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The other “deeper” reason why is my distaste for consumerism

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advocacy of a high rate of consumption and spending as a basis for a sound economy

Trust me, I’m not one that is into name brands or maxing out credit cards to have the latest trend. Not I. Never have been. But I realized I had a problem: thinking I needed new stuff. And getting it made me feel good. Boosted my mood. I think it’s fair to evolve your wardrobe and buy things that make you look and feel great; I was just doing it far too often.

Plus I just want to be a better woman and support small, local, and Black-owned companies when I can. I want to get better at making the best of what I have.

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So, luckily, it has been much easier than I thought it would be. I’ve opted to “shop” my own closet instead of buying what I want just because it’s cute. It has only been a couple months [cuz I did buy myself some goodies on “Black Friday” after Christmas], but I am super proud of myself.

This is a resolution that I definitely plan to keep up with. Who knows, it may even trickle into 2016. I do need some new jeans tho…

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{P.S. Don’t you love this dark artwork??}