It’s that time of year when we reflect over all we are thankful to have accomplished. As a result of these successes (and in celebration of life), we are more inclined to give back. In this spirit, lets discuss what it means to support and give back in the social realm.
There’s nothing more pleasing to me than to see people actually utilizing their talents to help their communities. It literally makes me light up with joy. I came across the Studio Africa project while following one of my favorite trio of photographers from Soweto, I See A Different You. Since its creation in 2012, the group has expanded to included African guest editors around the world (many of whom I also admire). I love seeing creatives grow in their passions. There are no limits but the ones you create within yourself. Your dreams are boundless!
Studio Africa is a virtual loudspeaker for a new generation of creative talents from across the continent. The campaign features nine artists in fashion, film, music, literature, and photography; individuals with both talent and a deep commitment to their respective countries and people: Meet the catwalk model running a foundation for the education of orphaned girls in Tanzania; the actor creating opportunities for Senegal’s talibé beggar children; the fashion designer building an industry in Côte d’Ivoire one skilled worker at a time; the musician drawing on Belgian and Congolese roots to challenge what it means to make African music today; the writer from Morocco breaking taboos as the first openly gay author in the Arab world; and the photography collective showing their home-town of Soweto, South Africa in a whole new light.
Step inside Studio Africa to find out how the cast members are redefining the future on their own terms.
What’s not to love about causes that are equal parts socially conscious and fashionable? Only thing left to be insanely giddy about is the cause being all about HAITI.
What is Maiden Nation?
Maiden Nation was founded on one basic principle: empowering women through ethical fashion. Their designers are of the moment, their products are ethically sourced, and profits are reinvested into women’s entrepreneurship projects. The goal is to create a marketplace where items are designed with both beauty and social consciousness in mind.
Maiden designers showcase their work, Maiden activists share their causes, and Maiden citizens connect over their ideas and goals. And soon, Maiden Nation will have the ability to connect you to investors and empower you as a female entrepreneur if you choose to participate.
I had the pleasure of receiving a beautiful handmade bracelet designed by Chan Luu on behalf of working business women in Haiti.
Starting tomorrow, I will do one good deed a day for the next 28 days until my birthday.
28 good deeds – 28 days – 28th birthday
Coming up with a list of things to do was a bit tough but here is what I have so far:
I last posted about some inspiring young ladies a while back who are definitely women to watch. This past Saturday, Diamonde and Bella hosted a brunch at The Mosiac for their new women’s empowerment group, Be Bella. The sisterhood was created to promote inner growth which includes, but not limited to, spiritual, financial and emotional growth. I was really pleased to see women coming together to share ideas and supporting one another. It feels good to be surrounded by young, beautiful and powerful women.
Be Bella, “Changing the world one woman at a time.”
Being the obsessive person that I am, it still surprises me that I’m not more gung-ho about hair length. I’ve never really cared about hair. But now that it’s back, I’m pretty excited to have it, lol. Seventeen months after my last big chop and I’m finally starting to see progress. Now that I have some length, it’s becoming a bit easier to play around with different hairstyles. Not too much though. I still hate doing hair. My go-to style is usually a twist out. This time around, I got one of the best results yet. To achieve the look, I blow-dried my hair straight and used eco styler gel to twist.
This year, I styled my hair in five (count em) protective styles. A record and a blessing for me.
Friday night, I came across a ‘Fluffy Cropped Fro‘ tutorial on Youtube and decided to try it. First, I set my two-day old twist out on rods, moisturizing with coconut oil. I flat-twisted my hair in the front. The next day, I separated each twist and fluffed them to give it body. I pinned down the sides for a tapered look.
Saturday, I had to get FOUR (count em) fillings placed in my mouth. As the procedure progressed, I felt as if my face was beginning to swell. The dentist assured me that my face was fine. So why did it feel like my face was swelling, dentist??? While he took a break, I quickly stole a glance at my face and it was indeed swollen. HE LIED. And three days later, if I press too hard on my cheeks, I hit a nerve. I’m gonna have to sue somebody.
Anyway. Slightly swollen face and all, I managed to get myself together to attend a charity mixer called the Red Tie Soiree on Sunday. The attire: red & black. But I’m thinking, red is such a loud color. The only thing I want red are panties and Ruby Woo lipstick. So…
Oh. Hey Kirk. Hey Tara.
Voila. My weekend.
What better way to recap the previous weekend than to celebrate the approaching weekend! #LatePass
A few of my good friends and I went to see Anthony David and the band Gritz & Jelly Butter perform at Indigo Bar. And the band is just as cool as their name.
Ended the night at Cafe Circa with the ladies.
Helped a friend coordinate a wedding. Look, wedding planning is no joke. I wasn’t even involved in the process, just the day of stuff but geez louise. I had to have a few drinks. But great night. Congrats to Dany and Tiffani!
Sundays were definitely made for relaxation and friends. My friend Walter hosts these Sunday dinners at his spot. A bunch of friends come together, eat, fellowship, dance. In this case, support a charity. Fun times.
Click on the pic below to see them moooove.
Cheers to the freakin weekend, baby!
I was invited to attend a sneaker ball benefiting the Without Sole marketing campaign. Without Sole targets young people who donate gentle worn shoes that will benefit thousands of people internationally (including Haiti!).
“The message is that giving is an essential part of humanity and it begins with something as simple as an old pair of shoes that you don’t want anymore.”
At the end of the event, they collected well over 3,000 pairs of shoes
I found the mixing of formal wear with street wear to be a novel concept! I’m glad my outfit worked.
My sister celebrated her 25th birthday with Tex Mex and a sombrero.
It always feels good to meet new people who you can vibe with. Glad I met these girls. Hi Tamika & Shay.
Remember my post about tattoos and placements and letting it be? Yeah.
On 3.28, I participated in a karaoke fundraiser benefitting the Atlanta Diaper Relief Fund. I must say, I haven’t laughed SO hard all year up until this point. This event was hosted by Danica and the entire Everywhere team and Kia Smith Morgan, founder of the Atlanta Diaper Relief.
If I can stop and say a few kinds words about Danica. Truly, she is an AMAZING woman. This is someone you want to know if only to make your life a little happier by having her around. She is one of the most helpful women in social media. And she truly cares.
Haaaa! Not quite Janelle Monae but she was a good impersonator.
If you’d like more information about the Atlanta Diaper Relief, please visit their website and donate your time and your diapers! If you are on Twitter, be sure to follow everyone as well.
For more pictures from the event, click here.
Oh yea, I sang Whitney, while very sick -___- Thanks, Baby Shopaholic! Thanks Ciroc! Thanks Nancy’s Pizza!
Last night I attended the benefit party at the new Prada store at Lenox Square Mall. I couldn’t even afford a key chain but that’s not the point. Portion of the proceeds went to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. I wish I knew who the “it” people to know in Atlanta were but I don’t. I do think some of those people were in Prada last night. I was surrounded by money.
My dear friend and model, Mishael.
So I feel like this guy is someone. You can’t boldly wear a sweater like that and not be the center of attention.
DJ Kiss! She was really awesome. I kept thinking, “man, she looks really familiar” so I approached her for her business card. She’s a pretty big deal. Her only request: not to put her on any mailing lists. Honey, what? Deal.
I feel like this girl is someone. Ugh. WHO IS SHE?!
Good times. Great alcohol. Hopefully a lot of money raised. Thanks for the invite, Danica!