Janelle Monáe is a 360 degree of soon to be a legendary iconic artist ball of “DAM!”. A queen from Kansas City that literally pushed through her blueprint of life. Who would have thought she would go from the cliché of New York City Broadway To Hotlanta (Atlanta ) Stardom . Capturing the eyes of Big Boy ,joining a local circuit band . He was admirably impressed. From there she created her own collective compilations of music catalogs. From Sean P. Diddy , Prince , OutKast (group) , Erykah Badu, Esperanza Spalding, Solange, and Miguel. Ms Monáe is a force to be reckoned with . Standing outside her box , because she would not let you box her in . I would say she rolled out her own dam red carpet without permission .
She was honored at the CFDA Awards earned the nickname of “fashion’s Oscars” for its star-studded guest list and attendees’ elaborate fashions. She listed a few A-listers as being her sheros Gloria Steinem and Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards, Monáe was honored by the CFDA Board of Directors for her contributions to January’s 2017 Women’s March .
She also paid tribute to her family proudly boasting and humbly praising the fact that her mom was a janitor and father a trash collector and step father a postal worker . Which lit fire to her iconic fashion sense . she stated ”My family wore those uniforms with pride , dignity while continuing to provide for herself and sister “. My tribute to Ms. Monáe is not enough to add to her never ending accomplishments . She is not just a woman she is a movement .
Hey Guys ! Its has been a minute since I have written a blog . How ever this one is special , because It’s not about Fashion . It’s about a talented man , black man who didn’t always believe in himself. Terrence Terrell; model, actor, and added; Arthur . Terrence Terrell did not always believe himself . You may know him from major video plays with Beyoncé , Lady GaGa , Nbc ,Showtime, Fox show appearances. And currently Criminal Minds.
But Before the bright lights and big stars , Terrence has not always love who he was , like most of us ,(women). Society will have you believe that only women have self-love issues . He grew up feeling awkward and known as the ugly duckling . Well we know what happens in that story . She /he turns into the swan . Terrance was teased about his nose , head, his voice . All the negative drama is enough to stagnate ones life. But he manages to overcome all theses adversities into triumphs . By rising bigger than his flaws . Terrence has released his new book called ”Blacky’. An uplifting story about a young boy’s journey to self-confidence . It’s about a young man realizing how to appreciate himself . This was a much-needed positive piece of love to add to our children and adults of our society.
Terrence just wrapped up his feature in Arianna Grande’s video ,”Everyday”. And still appearing on new episodes of ”Criminal Minds.”
November 16, 2016 was an evening of beauty ,brains , and fashion mist floating in the air . I attended the 6th annual WEEN Awards . For those who are uncertain of the title. It stands for Women Entertainment Empowerment Network. Valeisha Butterfield Jones is the (CEO) . The night was fueled with award acceptances and tears of admiration. With A-listers presenting and receiving awards . The scene was sexy sleek glamour . So much talent was in the building . Honoree’s and Presenters ; Lil Kim, Teyana Taylor , Yara Shahidi, Keri Hilson , June Ambrose, Meagan Good , Olivia Dope , Geneva Reed -Veal (mother of Sandra Bland ) and more .
But one sistah caught my eye . She looked fabulous. I’m talking about Blogger Necole Bitchie ! YASSSS ! She looked amazing , she was rocking an adorable dress that signified her current status . The colors were vibrant and real. ”STRONG WOMAN”.Which In bold beautiful white letters stood out . I am sure it was a statement for herself and for women all over . She then, introduced me to her stylist /fashion show producer , Jenesis Laforcarde . ”She was adorbs”.I exspect to see more of her slayage , and we will see more of Ms. Bitchie herself . The night ended with flashing lights and oceans of networking . I can’t wait until next year .
Photography : Kenya Nicole
Top : Teyana Taylor
Middle: Geneva Reed -Veal (mother of Sandra Bland)
Bottom: Nicole Bitchie