Monday night’s annual celebration of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute’s Met Gala 2017 marked one of the highlights of New York City’s spring time festivities.
Often marked by some of the most daring and albeit stunning gowns and silhouettes; everyone remembers Rihanna at the 2015 Gala, Beyonce’s latex gown at last year’s red carpet and who could forget Kim K at 2013’s event; the annual Gala serves as one of the museum’s biggest fundraising events and is typically the grand opening of the annual design exhibit.
While spring has officially sprung – we here in the city have been relegated once again to our heavy winter gear with the chill that has set in after a wonderful peek at how nice it can be when sun comes out and the air warms up. One sweet mercy – the remaining ice from the Winter Storm Stella has mostly been melted away.
But enough of my complaints about the weather, besides I’m not that deeply saddened as I have some warmth to look forward to – in my wardrobe anyways.
Today marks the celebration of the 105th anniversary of International Women’s Day.
What is it?
A worldwide event that celebrates women’s social, economic, cultural and political achievements, while calling for gender equality. It has been observed since the early 1900s and is now recognised each year on March 8.
The term Women’s History Month was coined by President Barack Obama!
This week has been an incredibly tough one in our fair country. But before we get into the guts of it all a brief recap.
OOPs, where are my manners, also I BIG shout out to all the daddy’s out there. Happy Father’s day to all the men leading the way by being a shining example for the young men and women of our future generations. And to the mother’s pulling double duty – you are amazing and deserve your kudos too, so hats off to you too!
On the blog
This past week on the blog I began the discussion Caribbean American heritage in the Unite States and the history of West Indian migration . This week I will continue the trend discussing the ethnic and historical similarities and differences amongst the various cultures to highlight Caribbean American culture.
On the ‘gram if you follow me you would have caught some of my many adventures, like this rainy day find. I thought this broken clock was amazing – found it on my walk through my neighborhood while on my way to run errands.
Felt like sharing my mani and my awesome ring party one day before heading out and don’t forget my bit of adult humor with my Throwback Thursday.
The Astronaut Wives Club premier was surprisingly good. Although, I found the progression a bit slow and some of the females characters a bit tawdry but who knows what time will tell.
The return of Fx’s summer hit Tyrant for it’s second season left many at the edge of their seat after last season’s finale and had me personally wanting for more – can’t wait to see what else is in store.
As the Mistresses 2-hour premier opened whirlwind back stories and revealed major plot twists one big thing was missing -Savi! Sadly as the show’s production moved to Montreal Alyssa Milano decided she would not continue on and sadly her character was written out of the script with a tear jerking exit. The premier ended with one heck of a cliffhanger and also introduced a new polarizing character – more deets as the season continues!
Comedy Central is adding a new scripted show dated in a whole other time period (bad joke intended). The series, Another Period, whose pilot premiers this week will star comedic acts Natasha Leggero and Riki Lindhome.
Cookie Lyons – I mean Empire actress, Taraji P. Henson, who portrays matriarch, Cookie Lyons on Fx’s ht series, “Empire” was hospitalized for what her rep. has noted as exhaustion. The star herself also joked about her hospitalization as a sign of simply, “doing too much”, and even referenced a line from the shows last season, “Don’t worry y’all I’m a tough cookie! HA! I will be just fine. “
Dra-medy (drama – comedy), Dope, written and directed by Nigerian-American Rick Famuyiwa; writer and director of afro films like, The Wood and Brown Sugar; and produced by Pharell Williams and Forest Whitaker, also the narrator; made it’s world debut this past weekend. The film which featured familiar faces like A$ap Rocky, Kimberly Elise, Zoe Kravitz and Rick Fox, premiered with strong box office stats, coming in at number 5 and raking in $6,100,010 (USA) since it’s June 19th release.
Major news network were in a pickle this past week when deciding to cover or air an interview done y the POTUS on the “WTF” podcast with comedian Marc Maron, where President Obama spoke candidly when he addressed the long history of racism in the United States. The quote that had so many outlets, like Politico, CNN and Cnn.com, The New Tork Times and the Associated Press, along with television networks ABC and NBC News, in a tiff;
“Racism, we are not cured of,” Obama said. “And it’s not just a matter of it not being polite to say nigger in public. That’s not the measure of whether racism still exists or not. It’s not just a matter of overt discrimination. Societies don’t, overnight, completely erase everything that happened 200 to 300 years prior.“
While some platforms chose to bleep or censor the n-word out CNN as well as the Associate Press and the New York Times which picked up AP’s story, chose to run the interview in full with the quote unedited. The logic, “We wanted to avoid any unsuspecting rip and read of our story resulting in ‘n—–‘ getting on the air,” according to AP spokesperson Paul Colford, “Our reasoning was: It’s the president talking, and using that specific word to make a point,“.
James Horner, a hollywood film composer for films like Titanic, Braveheart, Star Trek, A Beautiful Mind, Field of Dreams, Apollo 13 and Avatar died in a tragic plane crash near Santa Barbara, California. The 2-time Oscar and Academy Award winner was 61.
The lineup and venue for Atlanta’s Music Midtown Fest has been announced. Headlined by Sir Elton John, who has played every other venue in the city would play his first full concert at Piedmont Park, and he would be joined by other artists like, Drake, Van Halen, and Sam Smith who also hold headliner sets. Amongst those to also make the bill, a robust parade of mainstream heritage acts, well-regarded current hitmakers and a smattering of upstarts:Lenny Kravitz, Hozier, Billy Idol, Alice in Chains, Panic! At the Disco, Run the Jewels, Jenny Lewis, Tove Lo, August Alsina, Icona Pop, The Airborne Toxic Event, Kodaline, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness, Elle King, New Politics, X-Ambassadors, Jamie N Commons, Colony House, Rozzi Crane, Alessia Cara and Elliot Moss.
For all the lovers of 90’s and early 2000’s R&B the return of musician, D’Angelo with his latest album, Black Messiah, is a refreshing drink of water in an arrid desert.
Say what you may about Taylor Swift, hate her or love her, she sure knows how to stay in the news. The country singer turned pop artist has take tech giant, Apple to task, one week before it’s new music streaming service, Apple music, launches. In an open letter, the artist called out the billionaire company for it’s unwillingness to pay artists in it’s three-month free trial period for the service’s users. Swift, who had the top-selling album release last year with “1989” in the fall and boasts 59.2 million Twitter subscribers, has become one of the most vocal celebrity critics of the business of music streaming, swiftly (pun intended) moved to have all of her music including her hit album 1989 blocked from the company. If there should be any indicator that she doesn’t bluff, Swift who had previously lamented the general effect of piracy and streaming on paid album sales, removed her music from streaming service Spotify last November.
Taking pointers on the “spotify” sitch with Swift, Apple exec, Eddy Cue quickly responded with the following tweet:
Swift who says that her decision to withhold her album, “is about the new artist or band that has just released their first single and will not be paid for its success…“.
Since Apple’s response, she has been quoted expressing how elated she was at the decision and looks forward to the company’s negotiation for higher payouts to royalty holding at the end of the 3 month period, which was it’s initial plan.
Since then the pop stars’s fans including boyfriend, DJ Calvin Harris have tweeted their support. Good work Ms. Swift.
Ever heard of Jott? Me either. But this amazing new messaging app is making the rounds. With a whopping 500, 000 monthly users and one million app installs after just three months on the market, and may soon rival apps like whatsapp, snapchat. etc. with one simple twist, you don’t necessarily need to have internet or phone service connection or even a phone!
So how does it work?
The apps CEO and co-founder explained.
The app’s AirChat feature allows users to send data and texts without a connection to the Internet. Jott uses Bluetooth and Wi-Fi radios to create a closed network with other devices that are within 100-feet of each other.
Jott also features social media must-haves, including stickers, screen shot detection, disappearing texts and photos. The app also offers advanced security measures. Unlike YikYak, another popular messaging app for teens, Jott users have to provide their real names, birth dates, phone numbers or e-mails and location to gain access to a school network.
Though the app currently has major fans in the middle school highschool crowd, with virtually the entire customer base for Jott is made up of 13 to 18 year olds, an intentional marketing demographic, which has helped Jott close a $1.8 million seed funding round from several prominent venture capital firms.
However, teen texting is not all the apps founder hope it will be used for, in the future, Allgood believes that Jott could be used for more than just teen texting, envisioning it as a potential life-saver during a natural disaster.
Although it wasn’t built specifically for emergency communication, the founders say it could easily be adapted for that purpose.
“When cell phone towers go down and your texts no longer work, Jott messages will get routed through because it’s devised through the device,” Allgood explained. “You could be on top of Mount Everest or on an airplane completely disconnected and yet still be able to send text messages.“
Come Fall 2015 as the new semester and Fashion Week spring/summer 2016 roll in, Fordham University, here in New York, will roll out it’s new Fashion Law degree program. I haven’t gathered all the details yet but this should be incredibly interesting to say the least.
Former Mulberry creative director, Emma Hill has announced that she will soon be introducing the world to her own accessories line, Hill and Friends. A collaboration with Georgia Fendley – also hailing from Mulberry, where she was brand director – the label will launch at a presentation in London Fashion Week in September, with product being available to purchase the following day from its own website and Net-A-Porter. The brand reportedly plans to add ready-to-wear to its offering later down the line, but is currently focused solely on accessories while looking to secure two retail outlets on home turf in London and Stateside in New York.
Proenza Schouler sells stakes, securing funding from Castanea Partners, in a move long rumored to happen. The deal, of which details have not been disclosed, will see the private-equity firm join exisiting investors who purchased a 50 per cent stake in the brand from the Valentino Fashion Group and others in 2011.
Isabel Marant found herself embroiled in a plagiarism row, after the indigenous Mixe community in Santa Maria Tlahuitoltepec, Oaxaca, southern Mexico have accused her of copying their traditional dress for pieces in her spring/summer 2015 Etoile Isabel Marant collection. Also, fellow French fashion house Antik Batik have laid claim to the Marant design and are currently in the middle of legal proceedings of their own. Isabel Marant, however, insists that its founder and designer has been open about the origin and inspiration for the design and is hoping to credit the Mixe community herself.
It was one heck of a news week last week that left me wondering if for a second I had stepped into the twilight zone.
Also making the news this week was the mass shooting in a historic Charleston, SC church where nine were killed by an armed gunman, in what is perceived as a racially motivated act of violence. More as the story unfolds. Till then pray for the families in mourning and the people of Charleston. #Blacklivesmatter
In international news; there has been continuous violence against Hatians and Dominicans born to Hatian parents in the island state of the Dominican Republic. Coming to a head there has been issued a decree for a “Social Cleansing”of sorts with mass deportations, marked by stripping Dominican born Hatians of any citizenship and would displace more than 250,000 people, many of whom are second generation Hatians and have no ties the language or culture of the neighboring nation.
Nordstrom – summer clearance sale, up to 4o% off, now till June 28th and designer clearance up to 60% off.
The Limited – 50 – 60% off select full price items, 40% off new arrival and an extra 30% off all sale items
Banana Republic – extra 40% off sale, with new items added for the summer sales event!
Loft – 50% off tees, tanks and shorts, with extra 40%off sale styles, and be sure to check out their deals of the day! Today, half off cardigans.
J.Crew Factory – 40 – 60% off all tees, tanks and shorts, online only. Extra 40% off clearance, code: EXTRA40
Zara – semi- annual spring/summer sale 2015 going on now, with prices up to 50% off!
Madewell – Extra 30% of Sale Styles in stores and online, code: EXTRASALE
New York and Company – up to 80% off in stores and online, wit 30 -60 % off Eva Mendes Collection.
Around the Web
Here’s something funny I discovered browsing on the web that I thought might brighten your day and or week:
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So, it seems like medical science is at it again with a vaccine for chlamydia in the works. Now this is not the first time a vaccine against the sexually transmitted infection has bee proposed but there seems to have been some extremely great breakthroughs this time around. The vaccine won’t be available for human testing for a few years, but trials in mice showed that a nasal spray elicited an immune response against chlamydia for up to six months.
And making history, a French teen becomes the first female on the of MLB’s international list.
I’m super excited for the premier of the line, Cupcakes and Cashmere by blogger Emily Schuman who blogs over at Cupcakes and Cashmere. Will keep you posted.
Also looking forward to another brunch adventure with the hubs this weekend and maybe even a summer date night at Shakespeare in the Park, Cymbelline and/or The Tempest, here we come!
Hope you all have an amazing and productive week, and remember we are only successful if we put our dreams into action. So,
I know I usually focus my monthly recognition on the multiple Health Awareness initiatives but one of this month’s initiatives rings home for me so I wanted to something a little different.
The month of June is dedicated in part to Caribbean American Heritage. This year marks the 10th year running that the month has been dedicate to recognizing Caribbean American culture. Although as a people we differ in cultural and linguistic elements, we are united in the fact that we are all children of the diaspora with roots firmly planted in the history of the archipelago.
With Festival season having kicked off earlier this year in March with the South by SouthWest Music Festival the anticipation for another summer of music, fun and free spirited revelry has begun. The last two weekends have only added to the angst in the wake of one of the largest festivals of the season, Coachella, kicking off with record turn outs and amazing performances.
Feeding off of energy of the recently ended festival that has kicked both the fashion and music worlds into high gear let’s take a look at some of the other greatly anticipated festivals to come this summer!
The New Orleans Jazz Festival
One of the most diverse concert series, the festival will feature twelve stages that will host performers such as Elton John, The Who, Keith Urban, Pitbull, T.I. Jimmy Cliff, Anthony Hamilton, The O’jays, John Legend and Estelle as well as artists from across every genre. Not only will the festival be home to exceptional showcases but also Louisiana’s own unique culture. This lineup does not sound like one to be missed.
The Roots Picnic
With featured artists the roots, fellow hip-hop and rap performers such as A$AP Rocky, Erykah Badu, The Weekend and Afrika Bambaataa join in celebrating the culture that raised generations in the City of Brotherly Love.
Governor’s Ball Music Festival 2015
With performances by Drake, The Black Keys, Lana Del Ray, Florence + the Machines, Björk, The Districts and Echosmith, this three day festival of non-stop parties and excitement in the heart of New York City will be one for the books. Will you be booking your tickets?
The New York City Parks Foundation Summer Stage Concert Series
Usually one of the most anticipated free concert series for city dwellers like myself. The annual summer series has seen the likes of Janelle Monae, John Legend, Kes and the Band and several other international artists from across the music world bless the city’s parks. I am especially excited to see what’s in store for this summer. *fingers crossed.
Hot97 Summer Jam Concert Series
Taking over the MetLife Stadium with explosive performances by Chris Brown, Trey Songz, Big Sean, Fabolous, Meek Mill and Omarion. Music by Funk Master Flex and Ebro as well as Festival stage performances by Travi$ Scott, B.o.B, Joey Bada$$, DeJ Loaf and Teyana Taylor. The Festival village will feature street art, grafitti booths and cooling stations amongst other attractions to add to what is boasted to be the most epic night in hip hop.
Bonnaroo – June 11th – 14th (Manchester, TN)
For the free-spirited adventurers this music festival features arts, music, dancing, open air and nature to the tune of artists like Earth, Wind and Fire, Billy Joel, Childish Gambino, SZA and Mumford and Sons.
Glastonbury 2015 Music Festival (Pilton, UK)
And across the pond from June 24th to the 28th the British version of Coachella kicks into full swing drawing celebrity crowds to rival those on our side of the Atlantic. The bill markets the series as a series of electronic, indie, pop and rock music. Started the day after the death of Jimi Hendrix in 1970, Glastonbury is the largest greenfield festival in the world with the grounds encompassing eight and a half miles and big ticket acts like the Foo Fighters and Lionel Richie for starts. Sounds like good fun!
Essence Music Festival – July 2nd – 5th
One of the largest Music festivals, the Essence Music festival is not just about the music but also the gathering of thousands of African Americans and fans of the festival for a celebration of culture mingled with the history and essence of New Orleans. Be on the look out for repeat performers Erykah Badu, India Arie, Mary J Blige, Doug E Fresh and Common as well as a new generation of artists like Elle Varner, Kendrick Lamar and music Veterans Missy Elliot, Tweet, Usher, Tank and the Bangas and Raheem Devaughn. Besides the festivals performers some of the country’s top Djs will also be spinning at the hottest events of the season, so you don’t want to miss out!
Lollapalooza – July 31st -Aug.2nd (Chicago, IL)
Taking place in Chicago’s Grant Park this amazing festival hosts a multitude of artists ranging from Paul McCartney and Sam Smith to Metallica, The Weekend, Kid Cudi, Kaskade, Of Monsters and Men, Tyler the Creator, FKA Twigs and Charli XCX. This is an ultimate summer line up for music fans everywhere. Keep an ear out for any further announcements to the already burgeoning list of hit-makers set to grace the stage. Seems like it will be a great one!
AfroPunk Festival Weekend
A local Brooklyn Music festival taking place in late August the newly started series has seen popularity on par with Governor’s Ball. Featuring artists like ?uestlove, Theophilus London, The Coup, The Skins, D’Angelo and Alice Smith the festival draws crowds from everywhere not just for the festivities but the eclectic fashions and cultural attractions and displays. I’m looking forward to hearing what’s in store for this year’s weekend and the wonderful festivities in store.
The Budweiser Made in America Concert Series
For the first time since it’s inception the concert series will be featured on both the east and the west coast with headliners like Kanye West rotating nights. Alongside Kanye other fellow musicians Big Daddy Kane, DJ Mustard, Pharell Williams, Rita Ora, Cypress Hill, and John Mayer amongst others will hit the Made in America stage. So for a final round up of all things music before heading into Labor Day, how does this series sound?
Electric Zoo September 4th -6th (Randall’s Island Park, New York, NY)
Head on back to the Big Apple to close out the summer festival fun on Labor Day weekend with the ultimate EDM dance party housed on Randall’s Island…also home of summer’s Governor’s Ball. The series promises the best on electronic dance music and the most outrageous party experience – hop on over to the official site to take a look at last year’s gallery! Stay tuned for the official line up news.
Be Sure to mark your calenders – and get your tickets early because we all know it sucks reading about all the great things that we missed on the blogs! Hope to see you all there.
p.s. I am also patiently awaiting the release of this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Concert series line-up. Looking back at last year’s performers like Anthony Hamilton, and Gyptian with special guest Maxi Priest just makes me giddy with excitement.
This past weekend was a rather eventful one, especially here stateside.
We had the commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery March, and the celebration of International Women’s Day marked by numerous events and marches to raise awareness for women’s issues.
The celebration of advancements in women’s rights and issues of course did not go unrecognized here in New York either with Marches throughout the city.
Before we get into the turnouts ad issues still up for discussion in international women’s rights, let’s get into a brief history of the day.
According to the official International Women’s Day website, International Women’s Day; 8 March; is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. In some places like China, Russia, Vietnam and Bulgaria, International Women’s Day is a national holiday.
It was first developed when suffragettes campaigned for women’s right to vote. International Women’s Day honors the work of the Suffragettes, celebrates women’s success, and reminds of inequities still to be redressed. International Women’s Day has been observed since in the early 1900’s, a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies.