Febraury 2, 2010

How exciting! Corrine Bailey Rae has finally set a date to release her new ablum entitled  “The Sea” for February 2, 2010.  After her public grief from the loss of her husband in 2008, she went into hiding in the studio and tells us that she will be blessing us with acoustic melodies and beautiful sounds to our ears once again.  I absolutely loved her first album in 2007 and I can’t wait to cop it when it hits stores next year…to be continued 🙂

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The Blackface Contraversary

America's Next Top Model

The episode of this seasons “America’s Next top Model” was a very different and contraversial  one for many.  To continute the long Makeup practice taboo Tyra did a photoshoot with the models and dressed them up to portray bi-racial women. 

The goal was to create an editorial celebration of the “Hapa” (that’s Hawaiian for mixed-race) children of immigrants who relocated to Hawaii to work as sugar cane farmers in the mid-19th century. Did you know that Brack Obama was considered a Famous Hapa?

The models (one being black and one asian left) — Jennifer An, Nicole Fox, Laura Kirkpatrick, Sundai Love, Brittany Markert and Erin Wagner -portrayed different ethnicities like a “Russian”, “Morrocan”,”Botswanan-Polynesian” and a “Native American East Indian”.  The models were then dressed in stereotypical clothing and placed in scenes close to the ethnicity that they were portraying.  Then the models were sent to makeup and were painted from head to toe with darker colored brown makeup to accentuate “color” to their skin.

Is this artistic diversity? 

According to AOL.com, This is the second time models have been shown in dark makeup in recent weeks.
French Vogue photographed model Lara Stone in blackface for its October issue, which was particularly disturbing because the offending pictures were part of an issue celebrating models, but had hardly a black model in the magazine.
Many opinions have sparked since then and some feel as if Tyra, was no help to artistic diversity.  Susan Stiffleman, a marriage and family therapist quoted:

“It’s especially important to consider the effect on young women (the show’s primary viewers) of having Caucasian models made up to simulate women of color, rather than having — well, women of color being celebrated for their beauty. It could be considered a rather significant throwback to a time when people of African descent were excluded from mainstream theater and the arts, with white actors and performers substituted, with blackface. ”

So there you have it, must the fashion industry continue to portray artistic diversity without using real ethnic models? You be the Judge.

The Winter Shampoo

The humidity has officially left us and it’s time to figure out how we are going to keep our moisturized.  I have the pleasure of re-introducing you to Optimum Care Oil Therapy: Ultimate Recovery Shampoo and Conditioner.   I was asked a few times these past couple of weeks of what I use to wash my hair in the winter-time and I can only recommend what works best for my natural dry hair.

Soft Sheen Carson are very good products that you can find at any store that has a “black hair” section. Honestly, you don’t have to order online and seek a bunch of organic material just to find shampoo that will feel your natural hair. Hope it works for ya 🙂

Young, Pregnant, and on the Cover of Teen Vogue?

 

 

British Model Jourdan Dunn (left) and her collegue Chanel Iman are working this new cover of the November issue in many ways possible.  Not only are they black, but Jourdan is PREGNANT.  This is a pretty big deal because they are two very successful black women to be able to share the cover of a teen magazine.  I don’t think there is anything wrong with being on the cover pregnant because on her very slender body, Jourdan doesn’t show that much.  The editors must really wanted them on the cover of the November issue really bad to bypass the fact that she is a young, single, and pregant model.  I commend Teen Vogue for their Bold move, keep it up let’s keep this world going.

p.s. Jourdan is 19 years old and expecting to give birth in December

Love or Lust?

I mean, maybe it’s real love. I wanted to wait a couple weeks before I hit this couple because I just didnt think it was possible.  Lamar Odom and Khloe Kardasian tying the knot after just after few weeks? Amazing.  In this situation I am rooting for Khloe, because I have been following her and she hasn’t had the best of luck with men in her life.  She probably found something really special in Lamar and didn’t want to let that go.  It’s not unusual for a Kardasian to lockdown a a black man, and clearly what black man will run from a Kardasian? Exactly.  I wish them the best of luck in their marriage and hope it gets past a year. oh and no kids.