Friday, August 6, 2010
Oh, how I love accessories but some people want to know what's up with this Pro-Black, New-Afrikan shyt I'm on? Whether you notice or not, when you dress you are identifying with something and sending a message. I choose to rep my lifestyle and make conscious statements as fashion. Purple Pill Babies is about to make this Pan-Afrikan thing extra funky, urban, sexy, eclectic & rock. These accessories are definitely changing the game. I mean let's start with the Angela Davis earrings. Everyone in her time wanted to have a fro like Angela's(even now), plus she was so revolutionary. To me Angela Davis screams fashion so I rock her on my ears! Or how about the Afrikan print door knockers? We wear door knockers all the time but to add a little culture to something already cool just makes it exceptionally cool. And we can not miss the Kemetic print earrings or plastic Ankhs..o.k yeah Anhks should be some kind of precious metal but what about the Afro Punk chick or the free lance artists that rep Kemet but doesn't have that much money to get heavy gold Ankhs or better yet just wants something light in her ears but fly? It's a very cool way to rep your history for less. Then we have the glasses; some inspired by gold adornments in Kemetic times, some inspired by (RBG)Red, Black & Green color combo & others inspired by our martyrs. So now that you got the low down on what it's all about let me briefly explain why I chose the magnificent people used to be the faces of PPB accessories. My theme for this shoot was "The Dope & Different Black" so I wanted to work with individuals that are not what your used to hearing about with cool hair cuts. Let's first start off with Omena El.
Omena El is a Personal Chef/Holistic Nutrionist: One who deals with health as a whole, including the mental, spiritual & physical well being. Omena can do anything from color therapy to creating a whole meal plan for you and your family. But what really makes Omena stand out as a Holistic Nutritionist is her sense of style. Omena is always FLY!! When I say she will come to your home and give you a whole health evaluation with lenseless glasses, an African print jumpsuit and that Banging ass hair cut w/ the little fro at the top...She is Holistically Fly but don't take my word, see for your self!!
The second person is Lorenza, a Baker & Black Socialite. Lorenza makes beautiful/delicious baked goods and yes she can bake gluten free & vegan. Lorenza bakes goods for very cool events such as Speak Easy's and Trendy birthday celebrations. And while we are mentioning cool events, let's not forget to mention that Lorenza finds a way to be at every event before or after she goes to her yoga classes...A true socialite!! But what makes her stand out is how regal she is, personality wise and in dress code. Lorenza can step on any scene and you have to do a double take as she has smooth dark skin, a low hair cut and poise...not to mention conversations with this Lovely Lady Libra can easily go from very whimsicle to very intellectual in a matter of minutes. Did I mention people always think we're sisters because we really do resemble each other a lot and we're Libra's.
I am really excited to write about these two brothers, Manchildblack + Monstah Black = The Blacks
Manchildblack is a singer, recording artist, designer and co-producer of one of NYC's hottest parties, Libation. Monstah Black is a singer, performance artist, designer and one of the creators behind the notorious Cabaret Cataplexy.
add to what I admire about these two young men, each of The Blacks are working on a solo albums, but this power couple as in beautiful couple is collaborating for the first time on a electro funk project, expected release early next year....talk about dope.
And Last but not least there is always an interesting twist when I do photoshoots, so here it is. I was at a Rapheal Siddiq concert and my plan was to shoot the above group of individuals but one of the people I planned on shooting was not able to attend so I told the universe that I am going to find a cool Sis w/ her head shaved on the sides to shoot and believe it or not I saw this Sister sitting w/ a blue mohawk and shaved sides...I said I have to shoot her but I needed to organize my accessories and have a brief meeting w/ my assistant and photog so I said when I'm done I'll ask her. As I was in the meeting, Q(sista w/ the mohawk) walked up to me and we started conversing and wham, I was like "my name is bla bla, I am doing a shoot bla bla....I would love to have you shoot in my accessories" and she said yes ...yaay. With no suprise to me I found out that Q is into some cool stuff. First off she was visiting from Atl where she specializes in natural hair care and styling which you can check out at houseofnappy.com, I may dye my hair Purple now lol. And music.....YALL KNO I"M A NEW MUSIC FANANTIC and she makes soulful but funky/ mind travel music...you know those sounds that you blaze too or if your like me and don't blaze but enjoy the aroma, you just sit up under someone smoking and zone out =D or just bounce, her music is that awesome.
Ohh another bonus is a photo of the first Sis that bought earrings from me, Mya. Mya simply has a beautiful energy and of course she has talent. Mya is a film maker and as you can see beautiful with a funky ass hair cut. She was not a part of the photoshoot but she is so beautiful in spirit that she sent me a photo of her wearing my earring. Yes WoW is a perfect expression 8-D
How the hell I end up in one of the shoots?? lol Let me keep it simple by saying I have a creative addiction. So what happened was after the first shoot I realized I didn't make any bags and I really wanted some for self but while buying notions, I was moved to make more earrings and needed to shoot them to put on the website so I reached out really last minute to a aweeesome photographer(Heather Perry) who lives in L.A and decided I was worth the time. Heather is very talented as the photos speak for self but her personality is cool as hell also, I was pleasantly surprised by it all!! And to touch on the photographer of the first shoot Dexter Wordsmith Jones...His style of shooting is one to just drool over. I'm a biig fan of grunge, unpolished work that is still clean & Dexter has a way of making you say "I remember you shooting it but seriously how did you get it to look like that"...phenom!
Heather Perry: Photographer
Now you all can enjoy the rest of photos. Happy watching, hope to see your order!! =D
CARE TO TAKE A MINI JOURNEY IN THE MIND BEHIND IT ALL?!!
Nobody Believes Until I Believe Me
A Lioness Doesn't Have to Roar, HER presence and Energy Permeates Volumes
To Accept Your Weakness Is To Become Strong
Darkness Only Penetrates The Light That's Already There & We're Already There...We Just Need To Go Back
For You I Walk A Straight Line W/ Grace & Pride
Speed Is Not Power. Drive & A Clear Vision Is!
To Smile In The Face Of Adversity Is Absolute Power
Nature Is To Beauty As Natural Is To Be Beautiful
You Can Build Yourself Up By Turning Things Down
I Must Go Now, I Have A Path To Lead...Hope To See You All there
But before I go I must give thanks to the universe for allowing it to all happen as harmoniously as it did(no rain, cold, running around) and I must thank the photogs for shooting in a style that I admire and feeling I was worthy taking time out for. And last but not least "The Dope Different Black" people that took time out of all really busy schedules to grace my collection and for being an example of saying FUCK the system...We're Black but we don't fit in the box society attempts to put us in.
Monday, May 31, 2010
Friday, April 23, 2010
HeEey Eclectic Urban World. Today I have a very interesting story of a photoshoot that took more than many twists and turns but where do I start? I start by not dwelling on the past, trials and obstacles...We Only move Forward; STRONGER...FASTER...GREATER! However I will share the many things I learned.......
1st- I learned to believe in my ppl, no matter how things turned out later, believe in your ppl first, let's take chances w/ each other, you could be very pleasantly suprised!
2nd- Sounds corny but F it...Go for what ever it is you wan't, don't let anyone dictate how you move at all, everyone can't make it the same way!! And don't let anyone make you feel ashamed bc you make mistakes or bc your still learning. Like I said everyone can speculate but...Who's making moves?? It's really easy to be like "If that was me, I would of..." YEA YEA
3rd- Be humane first, don't let anything turn you into a Robot...I move God like w/ Respect being top priority for my peers and my mental and physical health being top priority over what needs to get done!
4th- Have Fun & don't miss a moment!!! Life is crazy short...laugh every chance...If you trip, laugh, if you get kicked out of a damn museum laugh(hahaaa)
5th- Believe in your shit more than anybody, even if it's not 100% what you planned..it's yours...STAND behind that ugly truth or mistake and sell it to the world until you get it right!!! Seeeriously! Ppl are group thinkers and or groupies, they only believe in you when they see big things popping but on the come up support may be non-existant....THANK DA UNIVERSE FOR MY CIRCLE...I have much support, true believers & honest/wise words given to me!
5th- Control your emotions!!! It's the only way to think clearly and navigate with ease through your personal life and business!! Do not let obstacles make you freeze up or stop! You fight & fight some more and push and push again and knock until the world answers and when that fails pick locks, go through back doors/windows. Be aggresive but conscious of others...of course you can do both! I'm a Boss Bitch and Imhotep all in one.
LAST BUT NOT LEAST- POSITIVE ENERGY!!...If you are reading this right now and you have friends and business partners that are not on the 100% building of you and themselves...YOU ARE SLOWING YOUR OWN PROGRESS & BLOCKING YOUR RECEPTORS!! Negativity is waiting for you as soon as you open your eyes in the morning, so to have that fighting you from the outside and it's inside your circle...Good Luck.
NOW IT'S PICTURES TIME YALL! YAAAY =D (CLICK ALL PICS TO ENLARGE)
After We Were Rudely Kicked Out Of The Museum, I had to brainstorm(thank goodness my MUA gave me an idea. We Had To Walk In Snow & Wait For A Bus To Migrate to my Mentor's House
Look At How They Were So Beautiful & Patiently Waiting In The Snow
Yall Thought I Was Bullshiting...Uh uh, We Sure Hopped On The Bus...All 100 of Us. lol That's what I'm Talking Bout When I Say Surround Your Self W/ Positive Ppl And You Can't Go Wrong..Some Were Fr Da City all The Way To Jersey And Stuck It Out!!
Now We Continue Our Dora The Explorer Shit..But Nooo Swiping LMAO
WE FINALLY SETTLED SOME PLACE WE CAN CALL HOME...THE LOVELY SPACIOUS VILLAGE HOUSE!! THANKS MAMA NAEEMA..LUV YAAA
All Kinds of Reeally Deep Conversations Went On Up In There, Ppl Were Sleeping On The Couch, Make Up Was Being Done, Ppl were Tearing Up Vegan & Vegetarian Food....Who Knew 98% of Us Were Going To Be Veg ppl..Now Dats Magic
Mama Naeema like "Nuttin go like so", True like "Tell em Mama" & Zakiya like "lol mmm hm"
Look At All This Beautiful Big Natural Hair, You Know You want To Touch It! ;D
Hands of a magician, heart like gold...My big Sis/MUA Ummkhair & her M.A.C Kit :)
WE FINALLY GET ON SET AND IT WAS COOoOLD BUT IT WAS LOTS OF FUN STILL. PPL WERE LOOKING AT THE MODELS LIKE THEY WERE MOVIE STARS AND WE LAUGHED OUR ASSES OFF AT AMPRESS AND KINSHASAA FRONTIN LIKE THEY TALKING ABOUT SOMETHING FOR THE SHOOT, RARA COMING DOWN THE STAIRS LIKE A BITCH-DIVA & AND TRUE AND JARED ACTING LIKE REVOLUTIONARIES TRYING TO GET THE GIRLS TO CALL THEM(ALL GREAT ACTORS & ACTRESSES BY THE WAY) & UMMKHAIR & ZAKIYA BEING ALL INFORMATIVE AND CRACKING JOKES :) ...ME I WAS JUST BEING TASIYA....ALWAYS MOVING, DEAD TIRED THO
even though My hair is always stickin up, I actually planned on having control that day but I forgot pins for this models hair and had to take mines out & put in hers
Aww The guys were cold..you know I'll warm em up *wink wink* in a professional way...I think?..aw hell forget it, my poor mind has already been perverted. lol
I was fluffing dat fro, chick in da green was like "it's big enough", ZZ was laughing as usual...many different thoughts were flying at this point. lol
This is the part where the acting took place, "Peace Queen can I call you?"..."Who me?" lol they were too funny and Rara controlling her guys like a Sealey do. =D
This was the funniest pt bc I told the girls to act like they were laughing and talking but they were really cracking up like they was talking about something everytime we said " AND CUT" lmao, they were a blast!...Had us all cracking up!
NOW FOR THE REAL DEAL SHOTS
If this is What A MTA Boycott looks like...Count Me In!
There is nothing Hotter than StroOong Men
I Make This Subway Look Better..MTA Should Pay Me!
Yaaas Miss Thing, not Even Bars Can Hold Back Dat Fiercness!
Queens & Kings but Of Course Queen Kinshasaa easily took this shot to another level...Powerful Shot Sista, Powerful!
Despite all the hardship & COld....First Shoot Complete....YAAAAY. We don't gotta be cute no more, fuck it...Let's wild out. HahaAaaa
PT 2 OF THE SHOOT...IT WAS COLD AND RAINY THIS TIME...BUT ONCE AGAIN I PUT GREAT ENERGY FORTH AND GOT A TEAM OF DOWN ASS MODELS, PHOTOG, VIDEOGRAPHER, MUA & ASSISTANT TO THUG IT OUT W/ ME...HERE WE GO.....
Aint my coat FLY...Of course I made it!...Aint those Gentlemen FLY!
Beautiful Ghaninian Models that came all the way from the Bronx to Brooklyn and knocked out some awesome shots. And look at my videographer Hememset...So humble, easy going & hard working...Spike Lee watch out!
Exscuse the intensity on my face but when I'm in my zone, I'm gone. I told you all it was raining for real & this model Rynesha walked and posed in the rain for a long time and managed to look unphased in the shots. ANTM!
While me the guys & the Rara was outside shooting, my MUA Ummkhair was inside making magic appear on these already beauuutiful young ladies faces. That make up was phenominal!! Don't you agree!
It was Fucking CoOold...I was non-stop moving as usual & the ladies were too cute, they had to hold on to each other to block the cold winds that were harping. Yall kicked ass out there though...Big Time.
NOW FOR THE REAL DEAL SHOTS
Life Is Expression...Loose Control!
Welcome to Planet Brooklyn(My World)...You Can Enter But You Never Really Leave
To Conceal Or Reveal?
The Revolution Never Looked So Good In Denim
Feel My strenght at Every Angle...I'm AfriKan!
We're Fly Effortlessly!
Ms.3000's A.K.A Eclectic is Da Future...Step Ya Game Up!
What Does Innocent Look Like?..What Does Evil Look Like?
A Real Girl Has Many Expressions..Ready to Display!
I HOPE YOU ALL ENJOYED VIEWING THIS BLOG ENTRY! I WORKED DAY AND NIGHT FOR MONTHS ON THIS ALL. SEWING, HEAT PRESSING, CALLING, TEXTING, COLLAGING, ORGANIZING, TYPING...BROOKLYN WE GO HARD! ;) PEACE
Ummkhair(MUA)...I can't stress what you do for me
Marvin(photog)- I love you officially. You never let me down and your raw talent as a photographer & awesome being has no boundaries!
Mama Naeema- You opened up the village house for me & many strangers...speechless!
Zakiya(Assist)- Thank you for being a TRUE FRIEND thru it allll! LOVE YOU SIS
Hememset(video)- You saved the day! You are humble, talented and you will go far!
Ampress- I appreciate all the models But You WENT HARD from beginning to end! Good Luck on all your endeavours luv
True- All the way from NJ...what more can I say about a down ass Brother. Thank U!
Jared, Ransford, Steven, Rome- Thank you for pushing through the cold guys!
Brandi- You WILL make it...I can't wait to see you up there. Your gorgeous!
Kinshasaa- Your spirit is beautiful..of course we have to speak of your beautiful facial features too. Thanks for your meditation & radiating beauty!
Rynesha- I hope you take your talent as a model to the next level & thanx for being there thru this all w/o complaining once! Luv Ya Forever!
I'TS PARTY TIME ON THIS BLOG NEXT TIME...BE READY YALL! =D =D