Category Archives: Creative

08Aug/15

Black Owned Business: My Kinda Thing ~ Custom Crochet Dolls

My Kinda Thing owner, Aniqua Wilkerson, is a crochet artist specializing in creating unique custom crochet dolls – particularly Brown Girls. Her objective is to create realistic depictions of our beautifully brown children in efforts to promote pride and confidence.

Find her on Instagram and Twitter @my_kinda_thing and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/mykindathing.

Visit her etsy shop for some already made styles, but most orders are custom made! www.etsy.com/shop/MyKindaThing

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Black Art: “50 Shades of Black” by Upperclassmen

 

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“50 Shades of Black” – Showcasing the art and fashion of Minnesota and the Midwest | Photographer: Jordan Vogt | Creative Team: Upperclassmen, IG: @ucmlife | Model: David Maxwell, IG: @drmaxwelljrwww.ucmlife.com
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17Jun/15
Radiant Child

Radiant Child by Lola Valentine

Radiant Child

Radiant Child

They take your innards and make you into a tragedy
Hang you on the wall, stuffed, for all to see.
Just so they can reminisce
Speak of how much you touched them
And how there hasn’t been anyone since.
A public condition — they like their heroes dead.

To Jean-Michel Basquiat and every other who delivered their gift and left

You genius child, you born martyr
If the world had known would they have loved you any harder.
You lost soul.
Lost your soul. Still
You gave your whole
Knew you had something inside to give the whole
World.
Must’ve got your beat from the street
And bought your spirit antique.
Cuz we
Hadn’t seen anything like you
You collaboration of culture and breath
Beauty and death
Silence and depth
Rebel against uprights
You hung left
Not worried about going hungry
When you’re so full
Soulful.
So they starved you.
Til you were nothing but brushes and jars
And your smock hung loose
You still refused.
Cope is a 4 letter word
often used
to describe
Whatever is used
Normally depends on what part of you is bruised.
I pray that in your second coming you die a death you choose.

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13Jun/15
Jidenna: Classic Man

Jidenna: Classic Man *Video*

Jidenna: Classic Man. This song is extra swanky! Get into it and the amazing video, then head to one of the links below to purchase it. #SupportBlackArtists

Download “Classic Man” on iTunes: http://smarturl.it/ClassicMan
Amazon: http://smarturl.it/ClassicManAmazon
Spotify: http://smarturl.it/JidennaClassicMan
Google Play: http://smarturl.it/ClassicManGP

Twitter & Instagram: @jidenna
www.jidenna.com

Wondaland Records / Epic Records

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11Jun/15
Tish Hyman : Subway Art

Tish Hyman : Subway Art *Video*

Tish Hyman : Subway Art… This song is pure genius…. Take 3 minutes and 43 seconds to listen, then go to links below and purchase it. #SupportBlackArtists

Subway Art is the first single off of Tish’s upcoming album, Dedicated To. Get it on iTunes now: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/sub…
http://www.listen2tish.com
http://www.facebook.com/listen2tish
http://www.Instagram.com/listen2tish_
http://www.twitter.com/listen2tish
Thank you Fader for premiering the video!

Director: Aristotle
DP: Shawn Peters
Movie Op: Chris Aran
AD: Nelson Quinones
1st AC: Hai Tao Wu
2nd AC: Simon Davis
Editor: Peter Noon
Producer: Jamsine Castillo
A By Any Means production.
Song produced by Timothy Bloom, Bink! and William Larsen

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24May/15

The Alhambra Ballroom Proclaims Bridal Royalty

Each year, Harlem’s historic Alhambra Ballroom celebrates the start of the wedding season with a showcase of culinary delights in the opulence of their Grand Ballroom. Beneath the draped chandeliers, local wedding vendors joined in to display their specialties in bridal services for budding couples. For this years event the Alhambra welcomed a refreshing, new approach to their presentation lineup, Bridal Royalty, by showcasing ethnic bridal gowns created by TeKay Designs “Queen of the Brides” gown collection. The Queen of the Brides is a prestigious and award winning luxury brand with design and production in Houston Texas and Ghana, Africa. The Fashion Designer, Ms. Kimma Wreh is internationally recognized for her ethnic inspired, and Afrique-Chic fashion creations.

“Queen of the Brides introduces a re-imagination of the conventional wedding. When we saw photos of these dresses on the Internet we knew the Queen of the Brides gowns would be a great fit for our bridal showcase.” explains Alhambra’s CEO Tracey Dechabert. Harlem is a place of history, ethnic diversity and there exist a cultural pride about African aesthetic. Harlem’s brides need to see that there is a cultural alternative to contemporary bridal fashions. The gown, just like cuisine can set a tone to your wedding day that intuitively shares your families heritage. The fusion between cultural fashions and cultural foods can be an experience that resonates throughout generations.” Says Dechabert.

Queen of the Brides offers formal gown creations that includes quality pieces of jewelry that reference a historical time period. The collection exemplifies diverse cultures, as each gown represents a woman of royalty who has left an indelible mark on humanity. The collection includes gowns named after Queen Nefertiti, Queen Cleopatra VII of Egypt, Queen Cleopatra Selene II, Queen Ankhesenamun of Egypt, Mumtaz Mahal – Mughal Queen of India, Queen Manta Tisi of South Africa, Queen Padmini of India, Queen Amina of Zaria Nigeria, Queen Nzingha Amazon of Matamba West Africa, Empress Candace of Ethiopia, Queen Consort Margherita of Italy, etc. The menswear line is culturally inspired  with aesthetic themes that ranges from historic to contemporary design.

“We are really honored to have been asked to present Queen of the Brides to the Harlem community. New York is a melting pot of ethnic cultures and that’s what makes this city an ideal place to present gowns that represent queens from varied cultures. Now, anyone can express their heritage and be a royal bride.” Explains Fashion Designer, Kimma Wreh.

The bridal showcase was interactive, entertaining and offered a variety of food dishes for sampling. The fusion between fashion, food and music stimulated every sense to create an experience that offers couples unique cultural ideas for creating their special wedding day. Dechabert states, “Harlem is also growing more culturally diverse and we wish for this bridal showcase to be all-inclusive with vibrant cultures.  At the Alhambra, we take pride in delivering on request for many types of international cuisine from our ethnically diverse clients.”

www.tk-designs.com | @TeKayDesigns
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Photos by:

Macintosh Smith & Manonce Manonce
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12Mar/15

Fashioning Our Economics by Uri B.

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Fashioning Our Economics

Fashioning Our Economics: The quest to secure our financial futures often eludes us as the future can seem so far off. The idea of ‘the Joneses’ and other symbols have been used to propagate a culture of consumerism within our communities. While hypnotized by their possessions, we fail to consider how the Joneses acquired their wealth. We can’t name wealthy African Americans (that aren’t entertainers) without stuttering, yet, our continuing to save for $1500 monogrammed handbags or identical chronograph watches pulls us further away from our financial freedom while allowing others to maintain theirs.

As a recovering shopaholic (self-diagnosed) on a journey to financial freedom, I would like to humbly share key lessons I have learned on managing finances as a young business owner and future law student; this list is in no particular order nor is it exhaustive. We’ll have moments of weakness, but it is paramount you don’t beat yourself up! This is not a sprint; bear in mind the light at the end of the tunnel is a new house and even better: an economy built For Us, By Us.

~ Save at least 20% of every dollar you receive. This includes monies earned from the 9 to 5, the side gig and the “just because” cash Aunt Jackie balled into your hand; EVERY penny counts.

~ Set a budget and penalties if violated. Making the budget is easy, but sticking to it can be hard. However, if you want to save money you can’t spend it- that simple. Be sure that you are setting reasonable expectations for yourself by including lines for pampering and entertainment. Various online banking apps have customized settings where you can get alerts about balances, deposits, and bill payment dates. If you violate your budget, set penalties such as paying double the next week or skipping a night out.

~ Stay away from store credit cards! They will eat you ALIVE! The interest is ridiculously high and it just encourages you to spend money that you don’t have.

~ Cook more… eat fast less. Eating lunch out every day will drain your pockets. Set time aside to go to the grocery store to stock up on what you need to prepare meals for the week. You can search for *recipes online to keep it interesting and tasty. It’s a healthier option that saves you a few bucks every month and maybe even takes a few inches off the waistline. What more incentive could we need right?

~ Date night in. Now, I love a night out as much as the next person, but the drinks, food, entertainment… it all adds up, especially if you’re out every weekend. Instead, you can stay in and invite other couples over for game night or have your own wine tasting with a few bottles of wine and make a cheese and veggie platter. I promise you, it’ll be a lot more romantic and comfortable.

~ Be trendy and shop thrifty. Designer labels and department stores do not serve us, the faster we realize this the sooner we can take control of our economy. According to Bianca Bailey for Atlanta Black Star, our “… designers represent less than 1% of apparel products sold in department stores, yet… the black community is on track to spend 1.1 trillion dollars by 2015.” Needless to say, if they aren’t checking for us we need to check on ourselves.**Thrift stores and consignment shops are great places to get great fashion forward pieces with character at a reasonable price.

~ BUY BLACK. In order to build our economy we must contribute to it. Our people are represented in every industry, it’ll just take some perusing to find them. Your budget is a great place to start the initiative; dedicate at least one line item to supporting black business per month. And please lets try not to complain about price points because you did not consider that when you purchased Mr. Monogram or your latest time piece. No one else can build our individual and collective wealth but us, so let’s get to Fashioning our Economy!

*http://www.forharriet.com/2014/10/five-black-women-food-bloggers-to-know.html
**Shops to check out in Bedstuy, Brooklyn are Tracy Chambers Vintage and Calabash, both owned by dynamic black women. Bianca Bailey is the creator of Consignments Cousin’s Vintage, a source for everything vintage in the Atlanta area.

Written by Uri B.

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