Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Grammy's 2017: Best Looks

Sunday night our eyes and ears were blessed by talents like Queen Bey, Adele, Chance the Rapper, Tribe Called Quest, Bruno Mars, Alicia Keys, and more...

Powerful messages were the highlight of the 2017 Grammy's. Beyonce, the expecting mother of twins, gave us Goddess Oshun and Virgin Mary vibes in her all gold gown and head pieces. Holograms of Beyonce dancing elegantly, pregnant belly exposed appeared on stage while Beyonce's voice projected spoken word.  Holograms of black women surrounding Beyonce in shades of purple, orange, and brown while Bey in yellow also appeared. The color yellow shined bright being a staple at the begginning of this brilliant African culture inspired performance. After a powerful beginning, Beyonce kept us on our toes (when she leaned back in the chair, woah!), singing "Love Drought" and "Sand Castles" from her highly accredited album, Lemonade

A hologram of Beyonce's mother, Tina Knowles and daughter, Blue Ivy during her Grammy performance. 

Other powerful performances include A Tribe Called Quest with Busta Rhymes and Anderson Paak, they brought up people from all religious, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds during "We the People" from their 2016 album, We Got It From Here...Thank You 4 Your Service and Chance the Rapper who brought the Church to the Grammys with Gospel artists, Tamela Mann and Kirk Franklin. Chance also took home 3 grammy's that night, one for best new artist!

A Tribe Called Quest, Anderson Paak., and Busta Rhymes during their Grammy performance.

Chance the Rapper during his Grammy performance.

Here are my best dressed picks from this years' Grammy's:

1. Beyonce 

Wearing: Peter Dundas

2. Demi Lovato 

Wearing: Julien MacDonald 

3. Alicia Keys

4. J Lo

Wearing: Ralph and Russo

5. Beyonce...Again

Wearing: Peter Dundas 

6. Remy Ma

Wearing: Karen Sabag

7. Camila Cabello 

Wearing: Miri Couture 

8. Sophie Beem

Wearing: Jean Louis Sabaji 

9. Solange 

Wearing: Gucci

10. Kelsea Ballerini 

Wearing: Ines Di Santo

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

A Seat at the Table x Solange [Album Review]

This album is GOLD.
It is black, it is us. Like track 13, "F.U.B.U." which if you've never heard of FUBU the clothing brand it stands for "for us, by us". That's exactly what Solange Knowles 3rd studio album is all about...us. Us, that live in a country, a world that does everything in its power to keep us down. Us, who get gunned down by police without questions asked. Us, because we're told we aren't good enough.

It's clear that Solange has found her voice. Her soft melodies hold power and range. She Rises in the first track which is the perfect lead for the rest of the album. Rise is about staying true to oneself good or bad. In her interview with The Fader Solange describes A Seat at the Table as a "personal journey".

Solange's third album is accompanied by vocals from artists like Raphael Saadiq, Tweet, and The-Dream. Tracks like Weary (which gives me chills, features amazing vocals from Tweet) and Cranes in the Sky are thought provoking and emotional. As a black american and as a black woman I can relate to songs like Mad and Don't Touch My Hair (featuring Sampha). Seriously, I don't want you touching my hair, it makes me mad, i'm allowed to be mad about that! Of course there's more depth to it than that but that is what makes this album GOLD. Solange took the surface of not wanting our hair to be touched by curious white folks to defining what that exactly means to us. I don't want you touching my hair because it's a part of me that is shunned by YOU, I don't touch yours because it's not seen as different or exotic.
White people continuously try to tell us why we shouldn't be mad or that we have no reason to be because there's nothing to be mad about. "I ran into this girl, I said 'I'm tired of explaining", man this shit is draining, I'm not really allowed to be mad",  this is true, we are tired of explaining why we are mad.
Interludes help tie it all together with commentary from Master P and Solange's parents; Matthew Knowles and Tina Knowles.
"None of us are perfect. We live in an imperfect world 
You know only God can judge me, that's how I look at it.
...You know we're putting people on a pedestal that's human just like us. 
You know, I mean, they got more drugs in the rich neighborhoods than they got in the hood. 
A lot of their kids are dying from a overdose and things like that, think about it. Black kids have to figure it out! We don't have rehabs to go to. You gotta rehab yourself. But for us, you can't pull the plug on us and tell us it's over. Not me!" - Interlude: Pedestals, Master P 

When listening to ASATT I can feel the anger, the sadness, the passion, the rejoice, I can feel her journey, my journey, and the journey of black America.

Solange's recent SNL performance of Cranes in the Sky:

She also performed Don't Touch My Hair which I couldn't find on Youtube but here's the music video!

Let's talk about that visual! It's powerful, it's art, it's brilliant. Directed by Husband Alan Ferguson and Solange herself, the visuals for both Don't Touch My Hair and Cranes in the Sky are as thought provoking as the music.

Track list:
1. Rise
2. Weary
3. Interlude: The Glory is in You
4. Cranes in the Sky
5. Interlude: Dad Was Mad
6. Mad
7. Don't You Wait
8. Interlude: Tina Taught Me
9. Don't Touch My Hair
10. Interlude: This Moment
11. Where Do We Go
12. Interlude: For Us By Us
13. F.U.B.U
14. Borderline (An Ode to Self Care)
15. Interlude: I Got So Much Magic, You Can Have It
16. Junie
17. Interlude: No Limits
18. Don't Wish Me Well
19. Interlude: Pedestals
20. Scales
21. Closing: The Chosen Ones

You can also see the BTS of the making of ASATT:

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Raining Purple Forever

April 21, 2016 we lost a musical genius, a legend, Prince.

Prince was one of a kind, there's nobody like him and there never will be. Not only was an iconic figure in music but his style was unmatched. 

With his sequins, glitter, and high heel shoes Prince made history. Androgyny was a trend in the time the late Prince was gaining fame but like his voice, his style was uniquely his own. 

In honor of Prince here's some of his great fashion moments:

You were a King, Prince. Gone but will not be forgotten. Rest in Peace. 

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

GOOD Music: Chasing Lovely

Photo: chasinglovely.com

2 sisters from Minneapolis, Minnesota traveled to Nashville, TN to pursue their singing career.

One with ginger hair and business savvy; the other with dark hair and wit. Both with their own unique voices and musical talent.

With guitars in hand, Taylor and Chloe Turner A.K.A Chasing Lovely sang with soul for students of Roosevelt High School in Des Moines, IA. Being that I am in Bridges to Harmony Gospel choir at Roosevelt I got to witness the duo. They performed specifically for our choir and blew everyone away. It's something special to see true talent take place and as intimate as it was.

They started with their song, "Kiss Me", their catchy and intriguing approach to a guy, telling him straight up "kiss me" or else.  The single is featured on their "Unbridled" EP released this year and is available for pre-order on iTunes. Taylor who is the older sister and writes most of their songs got inspiration from the dramatic movie scenes when writing the chorus "kiss me like they do in the movies, take your last breath all you have left surrender it to me".
Photo: chasinglovely.com

The sister duo have been touring all around the country, typically performing at concerts people host in their homes. What I find most inspiring about Chasing Lovely is that their tour vehicle isn't a tour bus but their own car. They perform and make music regardless of circumstances because it's what they love to do and they're happy doing it. If that isn't inspiring then I don't know what is.

After the Q&A took place it was asked of the duo to perform a second song at which all of the choir agreed. They sang another song from their EP, "When My Heart Says Goodbye". I recorded the performance but sadly it wouldn't upload on here. The Turner sisters were entertaining, vibrant, and bold.

You can visit Chasing Lovely's website to hear their EP and more!
Be sure to follow them on social media:

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Movies Not About Christmas to Watch During Christmas

You know those movies where the story is taking place during Christmas time but it's not about Christmas (typically romance movies), well here is a list of 10 movies just in case you do (or don't) know what i'm talking about.

1. Mean Girls

2. Bridget Jones Diary

3. Love Actually

4. Sleepless in Seattle

5. Last Holiday

6. Paul Blart: Mall Cop

7. While You Were Sleeping 

8. Are We There Yet? 

9. You've Got Mail 

10. Sisters

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

It's My Birthday

In celebration of my 18th birthday today here's some songs you might want to listen to when it's your special day!

In Da Club x 50 Cent

Freakum Dress x Beyonce

Birthday Cake x Rihanna

22 x Taylor Swift

Fancy x Drake

Party x Beyonce

Birthday x Katy Perry

Happy Birthday x Stevie Wonder

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Goodbye Netflix, Hello School Books

School starts tomorrow. You know what that means...No more binge watching until further notice.

With that being said, there's that dreadful feeling that Netflix will be distant but yet so near.

I'm sure most of us know that feeling, that feeling of disappointment that you could've watched more...

What about the rest of Freaks and Geeks?...and that Jimi Hendrix documentary I was watching. There's still so much I have yet to see.

But at least we can say it was a good summer. I mean, there was the release of Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, a (kind of) sequel to the 2001 film Wet Hot American Summer which took place on the last day of camp!

*real tears*

I miss you too, Don Draper. I'll be waiting for Part 2 of Season 7...I promise.