onsdag 21. juni 2017

Styleinspo a la Diamond Mahone

Some people just ooze style. They seem so sure and at ease in their aesthetic representation that by through observing images of them or coming into contact with them, you are instantly inspired to more boldly step into your own. Diamond Mahone is one such individual. Through billowy jumpsuits and culottes to vintage ensemble and oversize frames - Diamond shows that versatility can still birth and nurture consistency in style.












For more of Diamond's style, visit her Instagram page or the site for her styling collective, the Clad Life.

fredag 16. juni 2017

100 Days of Positive Thinking: Day 2 (Misty Copeland, New Books and Wild Thoughts)

What's good, good people? As usual over here trying to be the perfect blend of happy, constantly learning, and just a little bit petty. Here are some things helping me accomplish this today.

1. Misty Copeland and Barack Obama chatting it up.
2. Kathleen Cleaver was and is one of the baddest.
3. New Broadway star Denee Benton is one to watch. 
4. Can't wait to check out Teju Cole's new book, Blind Spot
5. What does DJ Khaled mean bringing Rihanna and Bryson Tiller together on this dope sample of Carlos Santana's "Maria, Maria"? I am shooketh.


torsdag 15. juni 2017

Swoon: James Earl Jones

I love this picture of James Earl Jones from 1961. I mean look at him slaying that beard and sultry look into the camera. #GoodLord


Photo c/o Carl Van Vechten

tirsdag 13. juni 2017

100 Days of Positive Thinking: Day 1 (Ending and Beginnings)

Moving countries, even when returning home is quite challenging. Author and all-around bad-ass, Taiye Selasi said: "I am often asked if I plan to go back to Ghana. I go to Accra every year, but I can’t go back to Ghana. […] We can never go back to a place and find it as we left it." 

Being back in the village where I grew up, I find that nothing is quite the same. The buildings and buses are revamped and shiny, and I don't recognize the faces of the drivers. Kids I once taught dance lessons to and babysat are teenagers now, some towering over me in height. I am constantly being reminded that my friends and I are now adults, though I am not sure I have earned that identity marker quite yet. My home feels familiar, yet is full of new faces and facades. I am looking for the little space I used to occupy, but after five years I realize it no longer exists. It has grown over with moss and lichen, filled with bits of soil and rock.


This makes think of the place I have left behind, my home for the past five years - the people, patterns, and places. It may be warm with the memory of me yet, but soon it will also grow over and be filled too. I guess this is the nature of endings and the beginnings they spill into - a constant state of melancholic reflection. Mulling over moments past, images of streets and stories whizzing through my mind. While also trying to be present and appreciate the start of this new stage in my life, to be open to what it may bring. 

In that vein I think it is time to begin a new round of 100 Days of Positive Thinking. In this time of transition, I find myself in need of reminders of simple things that have either broadened my mind, made me smile or fed my inner Petty Labelle. Here is my list for today:

1. Daddy Moments with LaGuardia Cross and his two little girls.
2. Zerina Akers's wardrobe is to die for! Taking som skin care tips from her too.
3. I am convinced that Zadie Smith and I are operating on the same wave-length, since this piece of her's on Lynette Yiadom-Boakye dropped today and I wrote one on the artist  (though hardly comparable) a few days ago.
4. In Living Colour's parody ft. Jim Carrey as Snow singing "Informer" has me laughing so hard.
5. The way Kofi Siriboe stans for black women.
6. Donna Summer was baddd.

What's made you smile, chuckle, and/or learn something new today?

torsdag 8. juni 2017

On Lynette Yiadom-Boakye and The Worlds She Creates

An artist whose work I have become increasingly fascinated with over the past few years is Lynette Yiadom-Boakye. The British-Ghanaian painter creates works of fictional characters with so much depth, it is often difficult to imagine that they have not been rendered from a model or even a photo. Boakye conjures these figures and the viewer is able to engage with them in whatever snapshot they have been captured. Some dance with abandon. Others appear to pose for their portraits, poised and seemingly self-assured, their gaze always shifted away from the beholder.

The Hours Behind You, 2011

The Cream And The Taste, 2013

 Citrine By The Ounce, 2014

Switcher, 2013 

Complication, 2013

Her art has inspired the works of fellows artists like Solange Knowles and Duro Olowu, who Yiadom-Boakye counts among her friends. Of her work, Olowu said in an interview with Vogue: “If you walked into a room with a thousand people in it, and one of the people in her paintings was there, that’s who you’d want to meet.”

A portrait of Lynette Yiadom-Boakye.

With an already impressive catalogue of work, it will be exciting to follow the trajectory of Yiadom-Boakye's work.

Images c/o Jack Shainman Gallery and Google

onsdag 10. mai 2017

Song of the Day: "Petit Afrique" by Somi

It's always exciting to come across musicians who are artists in the truest sense of the word. Somi is an an artist, through and through. From her thoughtful and playful lyrical constructions to the gorgeous melodies on which they dance. Somi makes music for the African diapora and for the people who inhabit it. She makes songs that make you feel understood, that make you feel connected to those who live within the words and sounds of her songs. Her newest album is called Petit Afrique. The songs I have heard so far are "Alien" and "Black Enough". The first is a reworking of Sting's "Englishman in New York" that re-imagines the protagonist as an African. The second takes up the topic of identity politics within the black diaspora. Both are spectacular song. Somi and her music are blessing. If you haven't already, get hip and marvel in her artisty.


søndag 7. mai 2017

Ghanaian Bliss, Cheddar Jalapeño Cheetos, and Rei Kawakubo

Another day, another list:


1. I want to go Ghana so bad, I keep daydreaming about it. The photo above is from my 2014 visit,
2. Cheddar Jalapeño Cheetos are nectar of the Gods!
3. Rei Kawakubo is my hero - introverts unite!
4. This giant and very old book is being digitized. The museum nerd in me is every excited about it.
5. I feel so understood watching this video. Quinta Brunson is ace.