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So I just came across this video on Facebook of Ernestine Johnson  reciting this poem on the Arsenio Hall show. The poem is so relevant and also relative as it highlights the backhanded compliment that so many black girls (myself included) have received. Being told by someone that you “talk white” (what is that anyway?) or that you’re not the average black girl only reinforces the stigma that black girls are somehow less than. It falls right in line with being told that you are pretty for a black girl. Ernestine so eloquently put into words how many girls feel. I can’t wait to see more of Ernestine’s work in the future.

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A Supreme Bright Other

WARNING: The following film contains scenes of drug use. Viewer discretion is advised.

Last Tuesday Jhené Aiko released her third and final installment of her 3-part project, M.A.P. (movie, album, and poetry book). 2fish (a poetry book) has been highly anticipated since she released a surprise album Trip, on September 22nd. She released a short film by the same name just two days before.

Trip (the movie) follows the life of a young woman named Penny as she tries to navigate through life after losing her brother. She reluctantly takes a road trip with a stranger, and experiments with different types of drugs. While on the trip, Penny begins to accept the fact that her brother has passed and finds her way back to herself. The movie is emotional and captivating, containing original poetry written by Jhené Aiko.

Trip (the album) closely mirrors the movie, as Jhené processes her own feelings and emotions in dealing with the loss of her brother in real life. The 2 disc album serves somewhat as an audio diary as she expresses the pain of losing her brother. The album covers feelings of suicide, love, drug use, and hope.

I’ve been listening to Jhené Aiko’s music since her first single, “Dog” on B2K’s Pandemonium album, so I’m extremely proud of her. Being able to pull off a short film, an album, and book on top of touring is absolutely incredible and proof of Jhené Aiko‘s dedication to her art. She is in every sense a “supreme, bright other.” She also announced via twitter that she has been sober since the release of the album, so big kudos to her. I hope that she continues to find success and every good thing that comes along with it in the new year, and the years to come.

-xoxo

 

 

About Last Night

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The sky belongs to the stars -Buddy Holly

I’m not an athletic person. I’ve never played on a sports team for softball, soccer, water polo or even Marco Polo for that matter. Yoga, Pilates, and ballet are more my thing; however, I’ve always admired the spirit of the team. Teams are great, you’ve got a whole group of people, all doing different things to achieve one common goal. Once that goal is achieved, everybody wins together.

Last night, I had a chance to be a part of a team. Not a sports team, but a team of another sort…

I attended the 69th annual Primetime Emmys as seat-filler. As a seat-filler, your goal is fairly simple: make sure the camera doesn’t catch any empty seats. It’s basically a game of musical chairs all night.

While us, seat-fillers were working as a team to fulfill one goal, we watched as so many other teams of directors, writers, actresses and actors, etc. achieved their own goals. Even if one person won, the entire team won. Not one person got on the stage to say, “I’d like to thank myself, because I’m the only one that made this possible.” It was a group effort. There’s no such thing as a one-person show at the Emmys.

Speaking of teams achieving their goals, three teams in particular had an exceptional night. The cast and staff of Veep, The Handmaid’s Tale, and Big Little Lies all took home multiple awards. Big Little Lies and The Handmaid’s Tale each took home a total of eight awards, while Veep won a whopping seventeen awards! It was a great night for women in television. Having the opportunity to attend the Emmys has by far been the highlight of my year. Seeing so many people’s hard work pay off is both inspiring and incredible. I literally got to see history unfold before my very eyes as Donald Glover aka “Childish Gambino” became the first African-American to win an Emmy for directing a comedy. Lena Waithe also made history as the first African-American to win for comedy writing.

So congratulations to all of the winners and best wishes on everyone’s future endeavors. Thanks to FIJI water for keeping everyone hydrated and L’Oreal for keeping all the ladies beautiful with complimentary lipstick and mascara in the bathrooms! I thoroughly enjoyed myself and I look forward to returning next year.

Team work really does make the dream work.

 

Katanu Kay

#Dreamland (Not for sale at the moment)

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I love art.  It doesn’t matter what form it’s in; music, fine art, dance, whatever. I just love it, and when I find something that speaks to me, I want more. That’s how I came across the work of Katanu Kay.

So I was sitting at home, feeding my Pinterest addiction, (yeah, it’s a real thing. I think.) when I came across a pin of a young woman standing beside a painting. The painting was of a lion with a mane made from beautiful African fabric called kitenge. Immediately, I was awestruck. So naturally, I took to Google to find out more about this amazing artist. I was even more impressed to find out that Katanu Kay is a 19 year old student in Kenya. She has over 5,000 followers on instagram, where she shares and sells her breathtaking paintings. Not only does Katanu paint beautiful images, but she also sculpts them. Needless to say, Katanu Kay is definitely an artist to watch out for, and at only 19 years of age, she has nothing but success ahead of her. Go girl go.

To see more of Katanu Kay’s work visit her instagram account @mellow_bones. Thanks for reading. Xoxo