Thursday, March 4, 2010

Classic Thursday's

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Now I have to preface before you watch the video that I used to be SO jealous of these little girls in the video. I wanted to dace next to Whitney and throw my Just For Me permed hair everywhere and wear a cool motorcycle jacket. Ah...childhood dreams. Anyhoo, this is definitely a classic...enjoy!

But I most certainly cannot let this post go by without giving the true props to the original song and songstress. Gotta love Chaka.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Feeling This Flavor

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I always enjoy seeing new online publications geared towards African American females, since we barely see it in print publications. With that said, there is new magazine that hit the net yesterday that you definitely need to add to your favorites, it's Salt Magazine.

So I'm sure your thinking in your head, "why salt?". Well I could paraphrase it in my own words but it won't do it justice, so here's their mission straight from source:

From the Publisher::
Salt Magazine is the place to taste the good life.

Our belief is that the good life is NOT the unachievable life that you die wishing you could have lived up to. Rather, we believe
that the good life is one where you dream big, face reality,
embrace life’s challenges, conquer circumstances and develop
wholeness in every aspect of your life.

As we all grow and mature, we realize that this good life
doesn’t just fall into our laps; and THAT'S what makes it all

If your life represented one grain of salt, how would it taste?
Would it enhance the flavor of everything it came in contact

Salt is committed to delivering practical solutions to help you
enhance the flavor of your greatest gift of all: Life.

There’s a gift that God has given you, and in each issue of
Salt we will encourage you to tap into it and share it with the
world. After all, what is the purpose of salt but to enhance flavor?

So, enjoy our launch issue! We hope it brings renewal and
refreshment to the ingredients of your life that need it most; and
we look forward to sharing our Salt with you in the many issues
to come.

From one grain of Salt to another,

Carline R. Léger
Publisher, Salt Magazine

Sounds amazing doesn't it? It is! I'm so happy to see a publication dedicated to empower women using the gifts that God has given them while also giving praise to Him. Uber fabulous. I couldn't help but love it too since my friend Dominique is one of the contributors. So do two things check out and Dominique's blog, ...both will encourage and uplift!

Vogue Black & Vogue Curvy: Step Up or Step Down?

I'm sure you're well aware that Vogue Italia has launched two new sites dedicated to black women and curvy women and there's definitely been some praise and backlash.

I was very proud when Vogue Italia premiered "A Black Issue" in July 2008 with nothing but black models throughout the whole magazine.

That's something that isn't common in fashion magazines today, my only problem was (and still is) that US Vogue wasn't doing anything of that nature to embrace black fashion and models. Fast forward to July 2009 they issued the "Black Barbie". Loved it.

Now I'm happy to see that they are taking initiative and creating sites for women that are seen as a minority in fashion. Yet people believe that this isn't making any progress, only further separating us. While I see that viewpoint, I feel that we need to start somewhere. Yes we want to see black and full-figured models adorn the pages of Vogue, Elle, Glamour and don't get me started on Vanity Fair, but I honestly don't feel that the US versions of these magazines will catch the vibe the Vogue Italia is feeling.

I'd rather see a Vogue Black than nothing at all. Which brings me to the point of having a black fashion magazine in print. Remember Suede Magazine? Now that was my ish. I wish I would have appreciated it more when it was around.

So do you think Vogue Black is a step down? And is black fashion and models dying a slow death in America?

And if you haven't already check out Vogue Black and Vogue Curvy