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#EssenceStyle Block Party 2016

DUMBO, Brooklyn

New York Fashion Week offers up the best that the fashion world has to offer; beautifully cut dresses, carefully executed shows, creative makeup- but lets face it; ultimately NYFW is a trade show.   Although “we” gain entry to the shows, they’re not for us and though I appreciate all the artistry behind the shows, fashion […]

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Harlem’s Fashion Row 2016- Recap

Designer: Lois London

Black excellence and black girl magic intersect perfectly at Harlem’s Fashion Row (HFR); founded to acknowledge designers, tastemakers making an impact in the fashion industry. The honorees this year include:  Elaine Welteroth, Kyle Hagler, Eric Archibold and Swizz Beatz. In general, the introduction of new designers is key and this year Terese Sydonna, Lois London, Jakai Franks and Kahindo Mateene […]

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Suffering in Silence- Depression

Suffering in Silence

I wrote this article for another site and I truly think it’s worth re-posting.  “Sick and tired of being sick and tired” is a universal lamentation of women everywhere. We often don our capes and will gladly take on the role of superwoman but at what cost to our own personal well- being? Weariness is likely […]

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Love Jones The Musical

Love Jones The Musical

Love Jones the movie is firmly placed in my heart as a cult-classic. I often refer to it as the “Mahogany” of my generation. Yes, the story lines are different, but the black romance theme is prevalent in both films. Love Jones quite simply is a movie I will watch from beginning to end, multiple […]

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Edge Control For The Win

influence glazed edges

It’s August and though fall is on the horizon this is the hottest month of the year; if you’re natural like me than you know the struggle the humidity can have on your hair. I have quite honestly given up on rocking my ‘fro as I’m not partial to truly looking like Frederick Douglas. Instead, […]

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