Black Girl Magic : Buki Ade’s Culturally Inclusive Designs that we CAN afford 

Buki Ade is a Nigerian-American designer and entrepreneur dominating the swimwear industry through her culturally inclusive designs — Bfyne. Buki gained inspiration to start her line while on vacation searching for a unique swimsuit; there she realized the industry lacked creativity and representation of African designers.”

Buki Ade’s swimwear can be seen in Vogue, Glamour, and the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. Oh, and you can actually afford to buy these boo!

Shop here https://bfyne.com

The Black Girl Magic cant be denied in these dope pics…. Do you agree?!

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Fashion & Style 411 : OfficialCorporateChic

Known as the vintage influencer in corporate America, Mimi Irvin “aka” as OfficicalCorporateChic “aka” Ms. Houston Vintage 2016 is far from ordinary. Mrs. Mimi Irvin was born in Yokosuka, Japan and comes from a military background. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Southern University A&M College in Baton Rouge, La.

Initially, Mrs. Irvin went on a whim and started a fashion blog called Corporate Chic on Facebook to inspire women to think outside the box with their corporate fashion, while accomplishing it on budget. Mimi’s motto is “Dress the Part, Shop Smart”. Only within a couple of months after her “whim blogging” one of her social media confirmations of being a fashionista was being voted by many she didn’t’ known as the Vizions IN Fashion Online Contest Winner in 2013.

Aside from her corporate day job, Mimi Irvin is a vintage resale curator, vintage fashion influencer, stylist, and model. She has created a connection with people specifically women from all over just by showcasing her daily looks on social media. This has evolved into selling her love and passion for vintage on her online vintage fashion shop MeYe Label (pronounced MY Label).

Check out Mimi’s foxy interview with EG below

Question 1: So when’s the first time you fell in love with FASHION?

OCC: I honestly fell in love with fashion when I was about 4 years old. I saw Diana Ross perform in Central Park in New York on TV and her amazing style captivated me. Ever since then it’s been about sequin, color, glitter and just being unique.

Question 2: Do you have a signature STYLE?

OCC: My signature style would be anything sequin, but for the most part I am a Jumpsuit kind of gal.

Question 3: Who is your favorite DESIGNER?

OCC: I never was one to base style from brands or designers, however I love the details and classiness that CoCo Chanel possessed, and I really like Stell Jean

Question 4: Who is your current STYLE crush?

OCC: It’s a tie between Tracee Ellis Ross and Solange

Question 5: How do you pick the ensembles you display?

OCC: By ensembles are based on how I feel. Once I complete my hair and makeup in the morning, I can instantly vision what I want to wear.

Question 6: What are some of your favorite boutiques to get your fashionable pieces?

OCC: Lately I have been purchasing from AngelsVintageBoutique. She is a vintage resale boutique that sales on IG and through her website http://www.angelsvintageboutique.net I also shop local Houston Vintage Boutiques such as Leopard Lounge, Eado Vintage, and the Cottage Shop.

Dress the Part, Shop Smart
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My Favorite Movie : Things You Didn’t Know About Love Jones

Today is the 20 Year Anniversary of Love Jones

“Who am I? Well, they call me Brotha to the night. And right now, I’m the blues on your left thigh…trying to become the funk in your right…Is that all right?”

If you’re anything like me,Im sure you took his open-ended question and answered it with a resounding, “Hell yeah,” while watching this movie. I do this, every single time. What can I say? I like a man who knows how to use his words

If your a youngin and/or not hip too the backstory of the film beyond its hype, Love Jones tells the story of Darius Lovehall (played by Larenz Tate), a black man who happens to be a poet in Chicago who falls in love with a photographer (played by Nia Long), by the name of Nina Moseley. This dynamic duo (who literally look the exact same way they did 20 years ago, seriously black don’t crack!) take us through the ups and downs of their relationship, reminding us all that even if the perfect relationship doesn’t exist, good love does, and more than that, it’s worth fighting for. Always. Pride can be something serious to swallow, especially in situations where the ego is involved, but I won’t give too much away (in case you haven’t seen it).

I will never forget how Love Jones made me feel ,those scenes left its imprint on our hearts 20 years ago as of today, stood out to me and grabbed me the most. I had never seen anything like it. Unapologetic blackness that was spun in a way where there were expressions of art and creativity that bound these characters together and shaped them individually as they hustled through their day to day life. Characters traded in the stereotypical Hollywood mold of criminality and highlighted a different reality, a reality that was a lot truer to most people.

I didn’t understand the dynamics of #LoveJones when it first came out. By all means; I was ten years old. But I did know that I wanted a love like that….a love that made its way back to me. And even now when I watch Love Jones I catch something new every time and this time I GET IT and I FEEL THEM. Classic movie that speaks to every adult that has experienced some REAL love.

” Let me tell you somethin’. This here, right now, at this very moment, is all that matters to me. I love you. That’s urgent like a motherfucker.” – #DariusLovehall

20 years later ( I was 10 at the time), it’s hard to believe that Love Jones still continues to be a staple in every black family’s DVD collection.

Did You Know :

Jada Pinkett-Smith Was Supposed to Play Nina

As much as we love Nia Long and Larenz Tate together, believe it or not, Jada Pinkett-Smith was originally supposed to play the role of Nina. According to the director, he saw Jada on “A Different World” and felt she brought a different sensibility from other black actresses of her generation, but unfortunately she passed on the script.

The First Ending Was Scrapped Because Black Women Don’t Like To Get Their Hair Wet

The first ending of Love Jones initially had Nia Long standing in the rain while Larenz’s character pleaded for her love. During the screening of the movie, black women offered feedback that this scene was unrealistic because a black woman would never stand in the rain and risk getting her hair wet. Even Witcher had to weigh in on this one:

“We tested the movie, and most of the women in the audience didn’t believe a black woman would stand in the rain with her hair uncovered. This mortified me because we’re going for the big finish and you’re absorbed in this detail of whether her hair would get messed up? The studio [New Line Cinema] said, ‘Reshoot,’ and we shot the scene under an L train track. I wanted to present a woman protagonist without vanity, which I thought would be refreshing, but I guess I failed.”
[…] On the one hand, I thought that was [messed] up and on the other hand I was mad at myself because I thought it was a failure that if I haven’t locked you into this movie by this point such that some minor plot inconsistency is taking you out of the movie, then I have failed as a filmmaker. Apparently, for black women, the rain was a bridge too far … and the studio’s like, “Well, I guess we’re reshooting the ending. That’s for sure.”
I was really upset at that. Really upset. Really. Just thinking about it, I remember getting those cards back and reading comment after comment after comment about the hair and I was, like, “The … hair? Are you kidding me? Really? Her hair?” Apparently, “Yes. Really, …yes, her hair. Get it right. Yes.”

Love Jones Was Considered a Flop

Everybody and their mama has seen Love Jones and despite the popularity amongst the African-American community, many have considered Love Jones to be a flop by Hollywood standards because the film only grossed $12 million at the box office. There were many reasons that attributed to the low box office numbers included the film’s characters of “black intellectuals and creatives” was a different spin on the gangster movies that had gained popularity during that time. Actor Isiah Washington blames the lower than expected box office numbers on the black community not being fully ready for a black love or romance movie

“Talk that talk honey. Walk that walk, money. High on legs that’ll spite Jehovah…”

” I want not to be in pain every time I walk up a flight of stairs.” – Gabourey Sidibe

Gabourey Sidibe

In an exclusive interview with PEOPLE, she reveals that she got laproscopic bariatric surgery after she and her older brother Ahmed were diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.

“My surgeon said they’d cut my stomach in half. This would limit my hunger and capacity to eat. My brain chemistry would change and I’d want to eat healthier. I’ll take it! My lifelong relationship with food had to change,” she writes in her wise, witty and unapologetic memoir, out in May

“I truly didn’t want to worry about all the effects that go along with diabetes. I genuinely [would] worry all the time about losing my toes.”

Gabby’s memoir will reveal much about her struggle with weight. In it she
writes:

“It has taken me years to realize that what I was born with is all beautiful,” she writes in her book. “I did not get this surgery to be beautiful. I did it so I can walk around comfortably in heels. I want to do a cartwheel. I want not to be in pain every time I walk up a flight of stairs.”

It’s been 10-months since her surgery and Gabby continues to shed the extra weight. She works out, eats right, and she’s loving her new body.

“I was in a war with my body for a long time. If I’d started treating it better sooner, I wouldn’t have spent so many years hating myself. But I love my body now.

EXCLUSIVE : ‘Everybody Hates Chris’ actress Imani Hakim will star in Netflix’s ‘Burning Sands’

Netflix ‘Burning Sands’ leading lady is about to light it up in their new fraternity drama

Actress Imani Hakim will star in the Netflix original film ‘Burning Sands”, directed by Gerard McMurray

The film is centered around a particularly brutal hazing process at an all-black university

Favored frat pledgee (Trevor Jackson) is torn between honoring his code of silence or standing up against the intensifying violence of underground hazing.

The Everybody Hates Chris star, 23, will play Rochon, the love interest to Jackson’s character.

Check out my exclusive interview with Imani Hakim below

I’m so excited to watch Netflix’s Burning Sands. How did you become a part of this film?
Imani Hakim : I started the process of “Burning Sands” in November 2015 when I first auditioned. Then I was later called back to meet with Writer/Director Gerard McMurray and Casting Director Kim Coleman. McMurray told me, “I knew you were my Rochon as soon as I saw your audition tape. I know you can pull it off.” And that I did once filming started in May 2016.

What can we expect from your character Rochon in Burning Sands?
Iman Hakim : I play Rochon, the girlfriend of Zurich [played by Trevor Jackson]. Rochon is a strong and independent young queen who knows where she’s going in life. She’s also a fashion major at the University they attend.

The Gabby Douglas Story

What has been your favorite role so far? 
Iman Hakim: That’s tough! I really enjoyed all the roles I’ve played so far. The Gabby Douglas Story was my favorite role. I enjoyed portraying Gabby and telling her life story as a Olympic Gold Medalist.

What role would you love to play that you haven’t yet? 
Iman Hakim : I would love to do a dive into action. A bad ass super hero.

EVERYBODY HATES CHRIS, Imani Hakim, Tichina Arnold, Tyler James Williams (front), Terry Crews, Tequan Richmond, (Season 1), 2005-09, photo: Robert Voets/© 3 Arts Entertainment

What is something embarrassing or unexpected that happened to you on set?
Iman Hakim : I haven’t experienced too many embarrassing moments on set. The one thing I can think of during the Everybody Hates Chris days, Tyler, Tequan and myself were running around being kids, trying to kill time when we were not filming. I was chasing down Tyler and I accidentally stepped on the back of his foot, which caused me to sprain my ankle. I couldn’t walk on it and we had a scene to film. So, Terry Crews had to carry me onto the set. Also, I ended up needed crutches, #Drama…. It did hurt pretty bad.

Tell us about your future projects?
Iman Hakim : I have more projects that have release dates, but fans can keep up with me on social media. There is where I post future project dates.

Hakim joins castmates Jackson, Alfre Woodard (“Luke Cage”), Steve Harris (“Legends”), Tosin Cole (“Hollyoaks”), DeRon Horton, Trevante Rhodes (Moonlight), Christian Robinson, Rotimi (“Power”), Octavius Johnson, Malik Bazille, Mitchell Edwards, Serayah (“Empire”), and Nafessa Williams (Brotherly Love).

Academy Award winning artist and actor Common will take the role of Executive Producer through his Freedom Road Productions. He will also bring his musical prowess to the project, performing the closing credits original song “The Cross” featuring Lianne La Havas.

Burning Sands will make its premiere on Netflix on March 10, 2017.

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Chance The Rapper DONATES 1 Million Dollars to Chicago Schools


Courtesy of ABC 7 Chicago

Chance The Rapper is putting his money back into his neighborhoods…Chicago Public Schools.

Days after his frustrating meeting with Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner about school funding, the 3x Grammy Award-winning rapper announced his $1 million donation to the Chicago Public School Foundation.

Chance, born Chancelor Bennett, held a press conference on Monday (March 6) at the Wescott Elementary School on the southside of Chicago.

He thanked his fans for making the donation possible through ticket sales from his upcoming tour as well as an “unprecedented” coordination between Ticketmaster, LiveNation, and AEG, and independent promoters and venues around the country.

This makes me so happy. Way to Go Chance The Rapper such an excellent thing to do for the community. I can’t wait for the day i can give back like this

Rihanna Gets Artistic for Paper Magazine

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Rihanna’s style has always been to die for (well not die for but yall get it). She always keeps us guessing, especially when it comes to fashion, her spread in Paper magazine is no different. She’s giving us some real 90s punk rock in these pics, and I’m in love with the whole artsy vibe.

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Paper Magazine can be purchased on March 6.