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Janelle Monae - Electric Lady Official Music Video

I just wish Solange was made an appearance, since she’s featured in the song. But, I do love this video from Janelle. She’s continuously branching out and trying new things, while still keeping to the original plan. Can’t wait to see what she does next.

Places to Shop: Zara

I wrote another post for Grade A Living on Zara, one of my favorite retailers. I’m also really excited, because yesterday I got an all white coat with pleather detailing from Zara Woman. Perfect for dressing up. I’m in love.

Check out the article I wrote here.

The photo above is from Zara Woman’s April 2014 lookbook.

Remembering Maya Angelou

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In remembrance of Maya Angelou I wrote a post on Grade A Living. Check it out here.

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Naomi Campbell / Photographed by An Le / Styled by Phuong My, for Harper’s Bazaar Vietnam June 2014

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Listening to Lianne La Havas on the train ride back to Chicago. She is so talented. 

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Tyra Banks Covers Black Magazine

Tyra Banks covers Black magazine for issue #21. In full retro glamour, Tyra proves that age ain’t nothing but a milestone. She has accomplished alot in her 40 years and there’s more to come. In the interview Tyra talks her beginnings, television, and the fashion industry. Read the full interview here.

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Shopping: Urban Outfitters Surplus

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If you live in Chicago and haven’t been to the Urban Outfitters Surplus store yet, then shame on you. You’re missing out, big time. The “Urban Outlet” is what it sounds like, a whole store dedicated to providing the consumer with discount Urban merchandise. Located on Clark and Fullerton in Chicago, this little gem is a must if your in the Lincoln Park area. Like all outlets it is hit or miss. There have been times I’ve walked in and walked right back out empty handed. But, sometimes you come across a pair of Dr. Martens for $20 or a cute pair of Jeffrey Campbell’s for $30. I have bought a pair of sandals there for $5. Once you hit, you usually hit good.

Go check it out. 

People are prettiest when they talk about something they really love with passion in their eyes.

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Very true, but there’s always that one person who is so quick to shut that person down. With something like, “You’re boring me.”, “Please stop talking.” or my personal favorite “I really don’t care.”

*Sigh* I do appreciate all the people who sit and listen to me. Ya’ll make me so happy. 

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Afropunk 2014 Is Coming!!

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If you don’t know what Afropunk Fest is, it’s a music festival held in Brooklyn celebrating nonconformity, being unconventional, and keeping an open mind. The New York Times called it the most “multicultural festival in the US”. But, what really get’s me excited is the fashion. 

It seems to me from my Tumblr dashboard that every year a bunch of well dressed people gather and listen to music. The most participation I have with the festival (for now) is fawning over photos taken. Wishing I had this outfit and those shoes, paired with that necklace and that one girl’s hair. 

But I digress, Afropunk 2014 is taking place August 23-24, 2014 in Commodore Barry Park in Brooklyn, NY. Check out some of last year’s street style in the photos below.

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Solange Vs. Jay-Z: And Why It’s Never OK To Hit A Female

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Since the video with Solange fighting Jay-Z in an elevator at a Met gala after party surfaced, the internet has been flooded with Memes, sarcastic tweets, and heavy speculation about what caused the altercation. But, one thing that repeatedly stood out to me was the continuous references to Chris Brown and women beating. 

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What is with society and it’s justification on violence towards women? Are men nowadays so “weak” that the only way for them to get a women to submit is with violence? Where is this blatant misogyny coming from? I even see women posting the Chris Brown memes on their Instagram accounts, like it’s the funniest thing. When I know that the majority of those women would throw a fit of epic proportions if a man even spoke to them wrong. 

A man hitting a woman for any reason is wrong. Likewise, I also believe the same for a woman hitting a man. Violence is never the answer, and only leads to more violence and issues in the future. 

Two wrongs don’t make a right.