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41Drake in his music video Worst Behavior

img-hood-by-air-2_150848789545Shayne Oliver (HBA Designer) for Interview Magazine in HBA 

We have to stick together.

-A

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Chronicles of a Naturalista

The crispy cold air is a blowing, and my hair is a drying.

What to do, what to do!?

Inspiration:

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Me:

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Great, fun protective style for the winter, or a little something to cover up a bad hair day!

What do y’all think? Did I nail it?

-A

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King Kendrick

Kendrick Lamar kept his throne mighty warm last night at the Oracle Arena, in Oakland, Ca. kendrick-lamar-2013

Kendrick Lamar is the opening act for Kanye West, according to the Yeezus tour. According to me, King Kendrick was the headliner last night in Oakland.

Getting to the arena a tad bit late, I rushed over to my seat, to find the handsomely dressed K.Dot on stage. Wearing all black (from the hoody to the black Timberland boots), with a flannel vest to keep him in style, he had me on my feet for the full 45-minutes or so he was on stage. He takes the audience on a tour through C.O.M.P.T.O.N. with the video monitors going while he performs banger after banger off his debut album, good kid, m.A.A.d city.

Critics say Kendrick is a lackluster performer, but last night he was jumping jubilantly around the stage, and there was no way you couldn’t feel the energy pulsating through the whole arena. He even paid homage to 2Pac with a little “Hail Mary” chorus, representing Cali to the fullest. He even had something to say to the critics, “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe”. The vibe was set, and everyone was chanting his name as he exited stage right. 

“Kendrick, Kendrick, Kendrick.” We wanted more.

-A

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Chi-Town

From LA to The Bay & From Oak-Town to Chi-Town

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It’s about that time to make a move … soon. After graduation (May 2014), I will be embarking on a new journey to Chicago. Every time I tell someone I want to move to Chicago, I get the same question: Why?

The neighborhood of Lakeview, in Chicago, is now one of the most fashionable places to live in Chicago. The fashion scene is up and coming, and I want to be there in the beginning. I want to get my foot in the door, and build my resume. Why not start there? I feel like it’s so cliché to move to New York, and I definitely DO NOT want to move back home to Los Angeles.

I am already looking at internships, places to live, and jobs. In the mean time, do you guys have any suggestions? Different places to live, fashionable places to work?

Let me know how y’all feel!

-A

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Too Little in Too Long.

I have been MIA, but I’ve truly been inspired lately. Here are two great things to watch:

Verses & Flow:

logoIf you are into spoken word, I mean jaw dropping, make you want to jump off the couch and clap, spoken word, this is the perfect treat for you. I love spoken word, I have been going to open mic’s since high school, so this is my Wednesday night must watch. They also have music artists performing, from Jill Scott, to Mary Mary, you can really get your soul on!

Check it out Wednesdays on TVOne. Or you can watch the current season plus past seasons on Luxury Awaits: Verses and Flow.

Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant ChildUnknown

Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat is the subject of this insightful documentary featuring a never-before-seen interview conducted beforehis untimely death. You don’t even have to know how this man is or be into art, to really appreciate this documentary. It is truly awing and inspiring.

If you have a Netflix account, that is all you need. Search for Jean-Michel Basquiat, and you will not be sorry you did.

Let me know how y’all enjoy these.

-A

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Melissa Harris-Perry: How Black Hair Matters

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Melissa Harris-Perry is best known as the host of her own self titled show, “Melissa Harris-Perry” on MSNBC. You can catch the show on Saturdays and Sundays from 10AM ’til noon ET. Harris-Perry is also a professor at Tulane University. She is a renowned author, with book entitled “Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America”, and “Barbershops, Bibles and BET: Everyday Talk and Black Political Thought”. She writes a monthly column for The Nation magazine also with the title “Sister Citizen”. She is a strong political advocate for the Black community, researching and teaching about the political and racial issues of our time.

I have only recently stumbled upon this strong woman via Facebook. A friend of mine shared a video on “How Black Hair Matters” and I, being the naturalista that I am, watched it. I was taken back and couldn’t do anything but applaud and smile at every fact that was put on the table. The issues that us, as black women, face with our hair, were addressed. The women she had join her, were just the icing on the cake. I was drawn in and inspired, so I decided to share it with y’all. Hope you guys get questions answered, and take it all in. Be inspired.

The Politics of Black Hair

How Black Hair Matters

Were y’all inspired? What did you take from the videos and from these women? Let’s talk about it.

-A

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Soul Food Sundays

As we all know today is the day we celebrate our mothers. But because my mother lives in Los Angeles, I had to settle with a simple phone call. I was invited to celebrate with my boyfriend’s grandmother, aunt and cousin. It was an honor to be invited, and a very lovely meal at Hs. Lordship in Berkeley. Though it was delicious, it wasn’t soul food.

Over many conversations at the table, the topic of soul food came up. And guess what!? A restaurant as re-opened in Oakland, The Southern Café on MacArthur (in the Diamond District). And boy, oh boy, have I heard good things. I think Chris (my boyfriend) and I will try it next Sunday. I thought I would still give y’all an update for Soul Food Sundays just in case y’all want to try something new.

HAPPY MOTHERS DAY Y’ALL

-A

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Foxy Brown? No, Solange Knowles

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Solange+Knowles+Kenzo+Met+Gala+2013+1Solange Knowles, looking like a modern day Foxy Brown, made her presence known at this years Met Gala on Monday. From head to toe, she was very afro centric, while keeping up with the times. She is easily one of my favorite natural sistas, and I can’t wait from my hair to get that big. I want to rock the Solange ‘fro! Her earrings scream texture, just like her dress but when you look close, its a bunch of different colored diamonds and they just set off the entire look. Now this dress by Kenzo, is amazing to me. The cut outs on the top, followed by the leg baring split on the left side made her look tall and statuesque. Drop dead gorgeous honey! And anyone who follows trends, knows these sandals, are it. The perfect style find, and she matched them perfectly with this spring look.

Thank you Solange for staying true to yourself, rocking your kinky curly in a society where it should be straight! Go head girl, and rock it!

This look gave me life, what do y’all think?

-A

(photo credit: Huffington Post and Ms. Drama Tv)

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Barber Talk: It’s Something About Blaq

Guest Blogger: Chris Hawkins is a 23 year old Barber, born in San Francisco but raised in Oakland. Cutting hair isn’t just a hobby for him, its a profession; its a career; its a foundation for shaping todays youth, conspiring with our generation, and learning from the old timers. 
526711_409019292444628_35843198_nAs an African American man I feel that unity is in our DNA. Whether we like it or not, we tend to unify in the craziest and unexpected of ways. But when it becomes an agreed unity then it becomes something much more, more like harmony.

More specifically among a client & a barber. Being a barber, I see and hear all kinds of things that’ll make most (in the real world) cringe or simply walk away… But the most beautiful thing of all is to see a satisfied soul either waiting for a cut or gazing in the mirror in awe, plotting on how they’re going to show of their fresh cut!

African Americans across the universe take pride in their hair regardless of the length, color, shape, texture; so all these other “distractions” (shows about wives, shoes, clothes, phones, BS.) take away from that essence. Ultimately, as a people we need to take pride in our image and start with what God gave us from the very beginning.

If there’s one thing “The Man” can’t take from us,  it’s a fresh cut…

– Hawkin$

Butta Quttz Barber Salon
4156 Macarthur Blvd
(between 39th Ave & Maybelle Ave)
Oakland, CA 94619
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Ordered Chaos

Screen Shot 2013-05-08 at 12.47.53 PM Domo is a 23 year old student athlete at the Academy of Art University. She is studying to be a visual merchandizer, but she really has a passion for hair and make-up. She has a very eclectic personality and a style to match it. I spotted Domo on Market & 7th st in downtown San Francisco, next to this wall. This wall, in my eyes, matched her outfit. Very traditional, black and white on top, and pops of colors on the bottom. Domo is wearing a black leather sleeved jacket (Zara), a black and white shirt, black pants (Zara) and some old school Air Max Nike tennis shoes (Nike Town). An outfit that would normally be paired with a pair of classic heels, was paired with a pair of classic tennis. I loved it, and was obsessed. Now, I want a pair of Air Max Nikes!

What do y’all think? Did she nail it?

I love it girly, keep rockin’ it!

 

-A

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