I am the girl who has jumped off the deep end and fallen in love with fashion. I love prancing around town in an outfit that fits my body and personality. You can find me on the clearance racks of H&M and Express (two of my fav stores) and at your local thrift store. I love fashion but not breaking my pockets, so I’m always on the hunt for deals and steals!
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I am a lover of all things fabulous and fashionable (but affordable). In my former life I was either a major diva or sensational drag queen. Not quite sure of which one, but my love of MAC make-up, accessories, music, hair and need to overly exaggerate has followed me to this life. I am a chameleon, so my style and hair is always changing to fit my multiple personalities. I am a reality/sitcom TV and celebrity gossip junkie as well.
Women for Success and Flaunt Boutique set the tone for the holiday season last night, delivering a very stylish, cheerful, and informative event.
Founded by Ashley Ascott and Lindsey Singler, Women for Success (WFS) operates as a giving network that supports Dress for Success Triangle (DFST) by fundraising monetary donations to purchase undergarments, wide width shoes, and plus size work attire for DFST clients. After raising $10,500 at their first event back in March, WFS continues to impact the community.
The evening began with an uplifting speech from Flaunt Boutique owner, Jessica Lamarre. Jessica not only helps women look their best but feel their best as well. If you come into Flaunt, there is a good chance you will leave with more than just clothes. As a woman who is passionate about helping others achieve their goals, Jessica serves as an ambassador for DFST.
Flaunt delivered a very intimate setting for the fashion show, which I loved. Models for Charity ripped the runway in looks that are perfect for the office and evening festivities. If you desire to accentuate your curves in a classy and sophisticated way, then look no further than Flaunt Boutique. My favorite look of the night was a black and gold bodycon dress that I will also refer to as "THE NEW YEARS EVE LOOK". Check out the slide show below and let me know which item is your “must have”.
The WFS Train does not stop! Tickets are currently on sale for their Lift Benefit that will be held Downtown Raleigh at Solas on February 1, 2014. Early bird pricing is still available. To purchase a ticket click here.
It is so empowering to promote the community service being conducted in the Triangle. I am honored to provide a platform that publicizes citizens who are making a difference and hope it inspires others to do the same.
RAW: Raleigh announces the 21 local nominees contending to represent the Raleigh community in the 5th annual RAWards Semi-Finals competition and you and a friend can win a pair of tickets to see it all unfold December 5th at the Lincoln Theatre!
Award categories include:
RAW:CITY Filmmaker of the Year
RAW:CITY Fashion Designer of the Year
RAW:CITY Musician(s) of the Year
RAW:CITY Visual Artist of the Year
RAW:CITY Photographer of the Year
RAW:CITY Hairstylist of the Year
RAW:CITY Makeup Artist of the Year
To enter, follow @RawRaleigh and Retweet #RAWards with this link to be automatically included.
The winner will be drawn at random at the completion of the contest.
All contestants will have until December 4th 12:00 pm to enter! Remember the more retweets the better your chances! So what are you waiting for?!
For more information on the RAWawards CLICK HERE
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Rocking a HUF original cap and blood red NIKE hoodie, Brooklyn based rapper Talib Kweli welcomed me with nothing but love. The soft spoken lyricist, who has been deemed the “conscious rapper” of the hip hop game, is currently bringing his mastermind potion of intellectual messages and street beats to cities across the US. Minutes before blessing the stage, Kweli took the time to discuss his current single “The Wormhole,” the illuminati controversy, reality TV and even President Obama.
You address the highly controversial subject of the illuminati in your single The Wormhole. What brought this on?
I just kind of get frustrated with people who seriously participate in the dissemination of misinformation, when you don’t really know the history of what you’re reading... That goes for books. That goes for YouTube clips. So if you don’t understand who this person is that’s posting on YouTube or what their actual agenda is then why are you taking their word as gospel? And I find that this generation with internet does that a lot. They don’t actually research tidbits of information. They take everything they see at face value. As far as conspiracy theories go, sure there are secret societies. But as far as what is being done to us that is negative? Everything is being documented. Things in the world are sinister enough without having to make up occults worshiping the devil. There are occults that do that, but is there a devil worshiping occult that is controlling rappers? That’s ridiculous. Any small amount of research will tell you that.
Is that the premise of the entire album?
That’s just one subject. That’s just one song. I touch on a whole bunch of other things. But, the most important thing about is that it’s available exclusively on my website KweliClub.com. No middle man distributions
What do you think about critics who are saying upcoming rappers are a part of the illuminati?
Only a fool would believe that some kid in the hood is making a blood sacrifice. I mean it’s got damn ridiculous. It’s so ridiculous! That’s why I made a song about it because there is no sort of standard for information that people past to each other. There is no accountability. You must be accountable for what you say if you want to try and prove something to me. Show and prove. Don’t just utter facts out your mouth that you can’t back up. The reason I made that song I wanted to put factual information into a song. I’ve had people challenged me on what I said but no one has actually challenged me on my facts. Now the way we interrupt facts that can be your opinion. We don’t have to agree on your interpretation, but we have to agree on the facts.
J.Cole. Kendrick Lamar. Tyler the Creator….How do you feel about these upcoming rappers in the game?
I love just about all those rappers you named. Kendrick Lamar is on my new album. J Cole is on my new album. We produced the last song on the album. I work with J Cole extensively.
Not too many know about your relationship with Kanye. Do the two of you still keep in contact?
I see Kanye a couple times a year. He moves around a lot. I’m not in the same circles as him at this point in my life. But yeah, I reach out to him and we chop it up a few times a year.
You and Mos Def. Will there be another album?
Probably not another album. But that’s my brother. We do a lot of shows together
You just recently launched an internet radio station. Tell me about that
Javotti radio is on Radionomy. But I got pulled in with that from my friends at TuneIn. But, I’m excited about it because I like music and I like to curate and program music
You had a song with Bilal called “Talk to you.” Extremely poetic and well articulate way of expressing your love to a woman. It’s no secret that in today’s music there is a lot of disrespect and derogatory comments. Why do you think that is?
The pathologies that are in our communities exist in the music. And hip hop artist, as people closest to ground zero of what’s going on in the hoods, we rap about that stuff good and bad. So when you hear negativity in a rap song whether it’s super violent, or super misogynist, or just super sexual, you got to understand that’s an artist reflecting our very, very accurate reality. If we want to change the way our music sounds we have to change the conditions of where we live. We can’t expect artists to not paint accurate pictures, and they do. It’s our job as people who care about the music to celebrate artists who have diversity or have balance. If we don’t do that we can’t blame anybody else for that. There are root causes that make us wants to hear ourselves degraded and have no problem with it. It’s a mistake to focus on the music when we talk about those issues. Those are serious, serious issues in the community and that’s where the music comes from.
I’m glad you touched on that because it seems our community is obsessed with the negative image projected in the reality TV show Love & Hip Hop. What do you think about that?
One, reality TV is the farthest thing from reality on television. Especially for Love & Hip Hop what people have to understand is, as entertaining as it is and it can be, it has nothing to do with love and it has nothing to do with hip hop. So that’s a misnomer. It’s like yeah, we can watch people act ratchet and be gossipy and petty and that can be entertaining to watch someone embarrass themselves because your life is not where you want it to be so you want to see somebody else spiral out of control. It’s human nature for us to watch a car crash. But it’s not about love and it’s not about hip hop and that’s really the only real problem that I have with it. That it’s being associated with something it’s not. Just because its people who have been in the music industry doesn’t mean its hip hop.
Would you consider doing a reality TV show?
I would do a reality TV show that would be under my control, but never one of those produced by those people who do that type of stuff. I would never subject myself to that.
You’re big in activism and very well versed in politics. What is your stance on President Obama’s performance and the backlash he is receiving from the Affordable Care Act?
I admire and respect the president and my view on politics is, yes there are politics in politics. People shouldn’t be surprised by that. Once someone becomes a politician, once they win their offices, they might have been an activist or a grassroots campaign or whatever, but then your job becomes keeping that office. That’s just the reality of politics and if you don’t like it don’t play that game. I think as far as the game of politics he plays it well. I think he messed up this time with the affordable care act. I mean is that a bigger mess up than no weapons of mass destruction? There’s levels to it. What I admire about Obama, that is being played in the media as a negative on both sides, is you don’t see people in politics willing to be like ‘I messed that up’ and he’s done that a few times. That’s all you can ask of a man. You can’t ask anybody to be perfect all you can ask is somebody be responsible when they do make mistakes. He’s someone I do see as taking responsibility. I never heard George Bush apologize for lying to us about getting us into Iraq.
Talib Kweli is currently on tour with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. To see all upcoming tour dates CLICK HERE
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