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UGG Australia Celebrates Diversity?

I was exchanging emails with a friend of mine today and he mentioned that he recently bought a pair of UGG’s. What?? Do they make UGG’s for men now? Since when? I had to investigate… Well, my UGGs are atrocious and between my atrocity (aka snow boots) & our conversation — I went to the UGG website and behold this natural beauty!

Here is a picture of the young lady from the UGG website.

This really came as a surprise to me because UGG is an Australian company and Australia doesn’t have the best reputation for celebrating diversity. However, the country has made some improvements by electing Aboriginal people to its Parliament and recognizing the injustices done to the native Aboriginal people. An UGG ad, does not compare to an Aboriginal person being elected to the Australian Parliament — however, it does say that the company is attempting to be diverse and inclusive. I hope that the country will continue to move toward racial equity — Media and advertising are definite steps.


Google celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

I always appreciate companies that recognize diversity. What I appreciate most is when a company appreciates diversity and is honest in their representation of that diversity. Martin Luther King would shake his head in today’s society IMO. Since his time racial and wealth disparities have grown further and further apart. Poor people in this country, especially children, continue to slip through the cracks in society.

Poverty has enabled a destructive society. A society where our young people find themselves in gangs, illiterate, without healthcare, HIV+, depressed, racially profiled, underemployed, unemployed — the list goes on. Yes, some of us have come a long way — but truly how far when a group of Harvard grads can find themselves likened to gang bangers in Boston.

It is important to focus on the positive accomplishments from people in our community like Ursula Barnes the chairman and chief executive officer of Xerox Corporation. However, we must recognize that there is still much work to be done. Read Read Read!


“So Do Natural Hair Girls Get Hit On?”

That was the question asked by a single black male and then it was discussed by natural hair girls around America. I even posted the question to a few friends of mine on Facebook and we came up with this. One of my girls (lying) said that she doesn’t get hit on anymore LOL Lies!! She recently went back to wearing her curly hair, but she’s been natural like forever. The consensus is really that our audience tends to be more diverse when we wear our natural hair. IMO (b/c I don’t want to misquote anyone 🙂 its like asking the question, do I get hit on more when I look like a bum? Yes. Why? It’s because you’re more approachable, when you look too high-maintenance men tend to be more intimidated and look the other way.

Honestly, what seems to make a difference is my mood. If I’m in a happy light hearted mood, I am approached easily. However, if I’m projecting a negative angry (grr) energy, I don’t get approached. People can sense energy. Even though the article is true, you would never expect anything less from Jill Scott, India Irie, NEW! Chrisette Michelle, Corrine Bailey Rae etc to sing anything else but honest, empowering music that touches you in an emotional feel good way. You also don’t see them stripped down to their panties, bent over touching their ankles….. in their videos. But you also don’t see every weave wearing, permed hair black woman performing a strip show on tv.

Natural hair women have a lot to face when it comes to acceptance from others. Some people can’t appreciate it, don’t understand it, don’t want it — but that doesn’t matter. The ONLY thing that matters is how you feel about yourself. If a guy is going to go for the “easy win” as the author suggests — you don’t want his tired ass anyway! Who wants a lame?! Who wants a guy who will settle for 2nd best? If he settles for 2nd best in his womanen he will most certainly settle in many other ways in his life.

Being natural is also like a 2nd enlightenment and it’s true many of us have made a distinct truthful choice to really start appreciating ourselves for who we are. At the end of the day sometimes, it’s just hair, damn! But it’s really true, we are sometimes a more militant & enlightened group & we don’t & won’t play that foolery. We know that money isn’t everything and it surely can’t buy you love. We expect you to go hard or go home. We know what we want, we go for it, and we get it!

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PIPERLIME TAKE AN EXTRA 20% OFF SALE CODE

So here are a few sales & what not to get you going. Really, you should never never never ever pay retail — UNLESS it just something that you know is not going to go on sale and/or it’s fine craftsmanship. Sometimes we must pay a premium for superb quality. BUT even Jimmy Choo has sales!!

PIPERLIME
This company is part of the Gap, Banana Republic, Althea brand. They offer really awesome products in a wide range of prices. Also, I do love that Rachel Zoe is part of the company and offers her style picks on a regular basis.

There are a ton of items right now to pick from, that I just can’t even really concentrate– but maybe it’s that sweater or those skinny jeans? Why not get an EXTRA 20% off? The sale lasts 4 whole days!! That’s pretty cool! This could be a good time for some accessory shopping 🙂

Shoes, Bags, Accessories — Rachel Zoe’s picks


TI’s Akoo ad goes too far!

I’m late on this one. However, I just can’t go without talking about it–not too much anyway. Newark, NJ just went it’s first month without ANY murders. I’ve never seen or heard of a mayor work as hard as Cory Booker. You want to know what he’s doing, turn on the tv.. hell follow him on Twitter.

Understandably, sex sells in America. However, is your clothing line that LAME that you would post a billboard with a black woman about to perform oral sex in the middle of Newark, NJ? I mean really, you can have about 10 brain cells to see the MANY problems and implications of such an ad. This truly is disgusting, unnecessary & evil.

The last thing black people need is ANOTHER black person pushing over sexed, women are only good for one thing, exploitative publications. These people never want their daughters or wives to be looked upon is such a distasteful way–however it’s ok to exploit someone else? This is why beyond NOT looking to some of these people as “role models” I just can NOT respect them.

When do we say enough is enough? STOP exploiting us! I don’t care if you’re black too, that just makes it worse!! The sign should be soon removed, if it has not been already– I will not buy any of TI’s clothing & make sure friends and family know about it. As with any capitalist–he has to be ready for the glory & for the pain. I thought he was on the right track, with his community work before going to jail– idk now.


Street Style, Essence Magazine (Natural Hair girls)


VH1 Basketball Wives

OK I have mixed emotions about this show. I don’t even really want to look up all the characters names. What pissed me off first is that it seems that black people in sports & entertainment are the only ones worthy of reality shows. I saw a tweet the other day that said… something along the lines of “I asked a black athlete why he only dates Asian women and never black women, and he said because of Basketball Wives.”

What I want to say to this is something that I can’t really express fully, you’d have to sit me down for dinner with a nice  glass of rum & coke. But, what I will say & did respond is that, if you get your views of black woman from ONE reality show, then you’re ignorant. Not your views, not your personality, YOU are an ignorant person. It’s like the census, black people come from all over the world, but somehow one word– (no wait it’s black, african american and negro) is used to define us. We come from all over the world, have different upbringings, attitudes and beliefs. For someone to categorize us from a reality show is absurd.

So I said, let me watch the show; plus, I was curious to see what Shaunie was up to. Some of the women have had the self respect, worth and courage to leave their trifiling husbands. The strength, especially in America (where money is usually equated with your level of happiness) to start over, to decide not to take the BS of not just groupies, but a husband’s blatant indiscretion and disrespect to yourself AND your family is incredible!

I respect women who respect themselves & it’s sad to watch beautiful woman like Jennifer Williams lose her dignity (I’m sure a little more over every episode) until she gets a backbone and decides to leave her husband. Did you see them @ Mr. Chows (I believe) the way he sat back and slapped his mouth eating those ribs?? You can really never buy class… LOL she was clearly embarrased and he couldn’t care less. Why? She hasn’t set any standards. He blatantly told her–no you can’t come with me tonight, it’s not your place. wow it’s ok to talk to your wife like that. umm ok so I don’t know these people personally–but let’s move to the party in Miami when she confronts Plastic Surgery. Really, I understand some women are very very persistent and persuasive, but umm are you really worried about Plastic Surgery–when your husband has told you to your face & in front of millions –that it’s not your place to be with him, you can’t roll with him… wha??

I wish her the best & deep down a woman will never be happy when her husband, boyfriend or even love interest is unfaithful. Infidelity takes a toll on any relationship. It is the ultimate betrayal! Just the thought of it makes me cringe *shudders* No Fendi bag, Range Rover or million dollar home should replace your self-worth & self-respect. Maya Angelou said,  “black women have resilience, whether we like it or not.” I truly agree with that, we are soldiers (Soldiers of Love 🙂 as Sade would sing) and I want to see more of us act like that. Don’t allow yourself to be disrespected & disregarded. Don’t allow yourself to be tainted for the next man. Find peace & happiness in life–it’s the only way to truly be open for life’s blessings.

Let’s hope to see more of  Shaunie on the show & see her being  that role model for ALL of the women. One with class, respect and pride and not phoniness and cowardice.

This is not written from a preachy POV, it has taken me time to learn how to not be bored and demand the respect I deserve. I’m NEVER bored. I’m not a millionaire. I work a 9-5, design t-shirts, exercise, spend time with family, write, travel, volunteer, donate money, eat & do all the other things a normal 28 year old would do :-* A key to life is to always have a hobby. Always have something that you enjoy doing, something that does not infringe upon and hurt others , of course. Take up a new form of dance or art–some kind of creativity — finance class even (that will SURELY keep you busy!) But do something so that you never lose yourself in a whirlwind of the fast life & money.