winter

I FINISHED PAYING SALLIE MAE BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

AAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Word to @dee1music

That’s right.  Sallie Mae aka Navient, EDU Financial, all them hoes.  DONE.  With all of the madness happening, this definitely brings some much needed balance and happiness in my life 🙂

What I’m Listening To

I must admit, I was SO against these music streaming platforms but I love having access to thousands of new music selections daily.  

Lalah Hathaway Honestly

I love this album.  One word that I can use to describe the sound of the entire album is digital.  Lalah is known for her sultry soulful melodies but this project seems to take a new direction that is definitely welcomed.  Standouts for myself include “change ya life”, “what u need” “y o y” and “let it go”.

Rhyon Pretty Girl

I don’t know how I stumbled upon Rhyon’s “California” but as soon as I watched the video I remembered her from the highly rated yet short lived tv series Lincoln Heights.  She also recently starred in Surviving Compton as Michel’le.  I had no idea that she was a singer in real life!  I instantly feel in love with “California” and decided to give her album a try and it did not disappoint. 

 

Jhene Aiko Trip

I love Jhene Aiko.  Some people are on the fence about her but I’m here for her music so I was pleasantly surprised when she dropped her latest album Trip a few weeks back. Her honesty in her music is one of the main reasons why I can relate to it and her as an artist.  Dealing with the recent deaths of two family members back to back, I can relate to the concept and overall vibe of this album.  Along with the new album, there’s also a short film and book of poetry that can be pre ordered here.    Standouts: the whole album is one giant standout however she’s talking that good ‘ole SHIT on “Never Call Me”.  Give it a listen.   

 

What I’m Reading

I love being able to share my current book list with you and since I’ve discovered The New York Public Library’s mobile app I’ve been able to download and read tons of books right on my phone for FREE.  A bookworm’s dream!  I’m currently reading a few books including one that I didn’t think I’d enjoy, Luvvie Ajai’s I’m Judging You.  Reason being for the initial trepidation has everything to do with this current “It’s cool to be mean/You can’t sit with us/the only way to get a few clicks is to degrade people” atmosphere.  I thought this book would be filled with these snippy antidotes disguised as a smart or helpful read.  I was wrong…sort of.  It is steeped in shade.  The title alone gives that away, however it’s a realistic view of many of life’s everyday situations.  It’s not mean for the sake of being mean, it’s brutally honest and so far, I’m enjoying it.

Another book that I decided to give a try was Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. This novel follows the tale of two half-sisters born in different villages in 18th Century Ghana.  The tale follows their lineage from their very different beginnings, one sister being married off to an Englishman the other imprisoned in the dungeon below and sold into slavery.  It’s most definitely a page turner.

A few other books that I’ve downloaded:  No Name in the Street by James Baldwin, Buddhism for Dummies and I’ve also been quite curious about The Nation of Islam so I’ve decided to try and read The Qur’an…I know, very light reading material over here J.  Happy reading! 

#Resist Photo Show + Print Sale Friday 3/17/17 featuring photography by yours truly!

Busy this Friday?  
If not, come out and support:

BKC’s #RESIST Photo Show + Print Sale Friday 3/17/17!

The show will feature some of my photography in addition to other fellow photographers and BKC members.  ALL proceeds will be donated to The Reproductive Health Access Project and The Ali Forney Center.  That’s right, buy one of my or any other photographer’s prints and the proceeds will go directly to these two organizations.  Come out and support a great cause!

GoDox AD200 Pocket Flash

I’ve never heard of the GoDox brand but they have my attention with their new AD 200 Pocket Flash.  As a freelance photographer who criss crosses the 5 Boroughs for shoots, I’m always excited when a company figures out a way to make a photographer’s life easier without sacrificing quality.  I have not seen the output on this new product which seems to be a travel sized hybrid strobe/speedlight but at a very attractive price and impressive specs, this might not be a bad lighting option to have in my camera bag.  

 

Moonlight x Alvin Ailey Dancers

Let me be honest, I did not like the film Moonlight.  I KNOW, very unpopular opinion here but I didn’t.  Not to take away from any of the actors or the production crew but I felt like it was a very skeletal piece.  The film didn’t feel fully fleshed out and seemed very incomplete, but that’s just my opinion.  This dance piece by the Alvin Ailey dancers set to the main score of the film however is a beautiful piece that almost, ALMOST makes me want to give the film a THIRD try (yes I watched it twice hoping I was missing what everyone else appears to get about this film…nope). 

Nike Air Max Day 2017

Yes, there is a day for everything but I totally approve of Nike’s Air Max Day especially with the release and re-release of a few noteworthy new and old Air Max favorites.  I’m a Air Max 90’s kinda gal myself so the new Air Max 90 Ultra FlyKnit Infared’s are a must have.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check out Nike’s site for more info on the new releases and celebrate Air Max Day on 3/26/17 by rocking your favs!

KiKi Documentary Trailer

YES.  YES.  YAAAAASSSSSS!  This looks like Paris is Burning for the new era and I am here for it!  KiKi opens in NY and will be available on demand on iTunes and Amazon on 3/1.  Visit the film’s official site herekikimovie.com

“One Book, One New York”

If nothing else, the country most certainly feels divided.  As a NYC’er I am constantly blown away by our ability to hunker down when necessary and come together for a greater cause.  Protests, petitions, community check in’s and various other ways have made themselves present throughout my city to resist the corruption, hatred and ignorance currently plaguing the highest level of our government.  One thing that I’ve heard about that gave me a glimmer of excitement is the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment’s “One Book, One New York” reading imitative.  It’s a call for NYC’ers to all read the same book with an NYC connection or theme at the same time which will hopefully lead to discussions about something other than that guy that won the election (well at least that is my hope).  People are being asked to vote on which book should be read by February 28th here (http://www1.nyc.gov/site/mome/initiatives/1book1ny.page).  The Mayor’s office also snagged the help of a few celebrities (the dreamy Gincarlo Esposito, Danielle Brooks from Netflix’s Orange is the New Black and William H. Macy of the hilarious Showtime hit Shameless to name a few) to campaign for the cause.  The books on the list include:

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

 The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz

 Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

 A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

 The Sellout by Paul Beatty

Personally, I’ve already started reading Ta-Nehisi Coates’ book and I believe it is a very important book for everyone to read but I’m thinking I will try and read them all.  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is a classic that I actually own but I’m almost ashamed to say I’ve never read and the other books are new to me so why give them a shot?  For more information head over to the official website and cast your vote!