Photo Cred: Black Women In Hollywood

4 Reasons Why Issa Rae is So Dope For The Culture

For those of you that have been living under a rock, Issa Rae is the new “IT” girl in Hollywood. Jo-Issa “Issa” Rae Diop is a 31 year old, Capricorn set out on a mission to slay all stereotypes. Best known for her YouTube series, Awkward Black Girl, she’s gained much steam for her HBO debut, “Insecure”.

Photo Cred: Black Women In Hollywood

Photo Cred: Black Women In Hollywood


Still in her early stages of stardom, the Stanford graduate is killing the game. Here’s a short list of 4 Reasons Why Issa Rae so dope for the culture:

1. REPRESENTATION It is important for young woman and little girls see an image of themselves when they look at things in the media. Issa Rae makes it ok to be a “brown skinned, kinky hair” girl. She also shows young, black girls being “awkward” or “different” is actually very ok.

Photo Cred:Vanity Fair

Photo Cred:Vanity Fair


2. HUSTLE Issa shows hustling and grinding on a different level. Issa is a beautiful example of using your creativity to level up. Issa garnered more than 2MILLION views on her Awkward Black Girl series that led to an actual book. By the time the book was published, Issa was announcing her show, Insecure, was picked up on HBO in 2015. That’s how you level up!
Photo Cred:HBO

Photo Cred:HBO

3. HER TWEETS ARE LIFE Issa has the best Twitter timeline EVER! THIS IS NOT UP FOR DEBATE (FOR THE PEOPLE IN THE BACK) I consistently read Issa’s tweet, especially when she live tweets during Insecure. She say some of the funniest things and they’re so spot on it’s ridiculous. I can’t help but to clutch my pearls at the hilarity that takes place there.

Photo Cred: Issa Rae's twitter

Photo Cred: Issa Rae’s twitter

4. EASY BREEZY BEAUTIFUL COVERGIRL Issa recently announced that she has earned the coveted COVERGIRL spot. Issa says, “Becoming a COVERGIRL means a lot because the brand recognizes just how important for people to embrace their individuality and express themselves in unique and diverse ways.” GO GIRL!

Photo Cred: InStyle

Photo Cred: InStyle

Issa Rae is a game changer, and that’s why she’s dope for the culture.

Mortgage Mess

AUNTIE MAXINE VISITS THE BREAKFAST CLUB

Maxine Waters is one of the most talked about FEMALE politicians out. She has an air of confidence that precedes her everywhere she goes. She recently visited The Breakfast Our favorite quote was:

If you gone shoot, shoot square cause a wounded animal is the worst to deal with.

Ok Auntie Maxine don’t play that shhhhh! Check out the video and shout out to my favorite morning show.

Photo Cred: THE IZM. Facebook

***NEW MUSIC*** Dark Alley Echoes- Selecta

There is a burgeoning new trend to have a great artist perform on your track. But very few and far between do they link and knock it out the park! As soon as the track booms on the house record “Selecta”, THE IZM. (Da Sweet Blood Of Jesus a Spike Lee Production) in a stacatto cadence sings “I don’t do the club thang but I make the club bang” and as soon as the beat drops “honey you don’t stand a chance get lose”! The producer UnUsual brings the distinctive Jersey house music sound! While satiating my musical palate giving me futuristic high hats, reverb, and soul claps, nails it! If you close your eyes you can imagine hitting the highway with your girls jammin! “I’ll house you!” I can see the old heads now making a line dance to this record already! As I’ve mentioned, individually they’re amazing, but together they’re Dark Alley Echoes!

https://darkalleyechoes.bandcamp.com/track/selecta

Instintively, I want to take it back to my house roots at Skate 22 (SHOUT OUT TO JERSEY). Bringing The IZM.’s intricate rhyme to UnUsual’s sonic landscape, their sound is as organic as it is enticing. “Selecta” blends the worlds of soul, hip-hop, jazz and house into an escape like none other. Their forthcoming EP will definitely be something to behold and, nonetheless, unforgettable.

This is most definitely going on my play list! Tell me in the comments if you liked!

Photo Cred: THE IZM. Facebook

Photo Cred: THE IZM. Facebook

Photo cred: Bibi

#DIY Latern Centerpiece

Hey guys,

As promised, I am delivering a DIY which will be part of my “New Years Eve Dinner” series! I hope you enjoy the step by step tutorial, if you decide to make one tag me in your diy design!

Things you will need:
Glue Gun
4 or 5 5X7 photo frames (I got mine from Dollar Tree)

Step 1:
Purchase the frames. I showed mine here so you can see what they looked like before. In the Dollar Tree everything is actually a dollar so go take advantage of that!

Photo Cred: BiBi

Photo Cred: BiBi

Step 2:
Take the hot glue gun and secure the glass in the frame to lessen the risk of falling out.

Photo Cred:BiBi

Photo Cred:BiBi

Step 3:
Measure the frames and make sure they are aligned and then glue them together. Repeat these steps until the latern is glued together.

Photo cred: BiBi

Photo cred: BiBi

Step 4:
Make sure the lantern is stable before standing it up. I didn’t watch my glue and ended up having glue on the side of my frame but it was ok I was able to get it off after the photo.

Photo Cred: BiBi

Photo Cred: BiBi

Step 5:

Dress up your space with these centerpieces for your dinner table.

Photo cred: Bibi

Photo cred: Bibi

Thanks for reading and if you make your own tag us in it using the hashtag #DIYLANTERN

Photo Cred: HBo

INSECURE- Are you #TeamIssa or #TeamLawrence

Photo Cred: HBo

Photo Cred: HBo

Insecure was a hot, new comedy on HBO that starred Issa Rae as Issa and Yvonne Orji as Molly. Two LA millennials looking for love and striving for success in their fields. What I love the most is they are all educated, black people! [thumbs up Issa] Insecure depicts Issa in a long term relationship with her boyfriend Lawrence, who’s played by Blue from the show The Game. Jay Ellis is definitely fine, and showed a lot of his thinly sculpted body. I love how Issa has a typical group of black friends. The awkward one is none other than Issa, the promiscuous one was Molly, the bougie, submissive one is Tiffany [Amanda Seales], and lastly Kelli [Natasha Rothwell] the ratchet, “chubby” one. Every black girl knows this is typical relationship between sister friends.

Photo Cred: HBo

Photo Cred: HBo


Back to Lawrence, he really couldn’t keep a job or find one, and had been unemployed for a few years according to the show’s timeline. We all know in this world we live in today a man with no job is no fun! lol Anyway, she attempted to leave and be single, however she loves him and goes back. She’s tempted by an old flame, Daniel and she cheats on Lawrence. Then Lawrence takes a job at Best Buy that he is obviously overqualified for. Meanwhile, Issa cannot stop thinking about how she bust it wide open in the studio for Daniel! When the shhhh hits the fan and Lawrence finds out, he leaves her for a bank teller named Tasha [who during the show became his confidant] in the season’s finale.
Photo Cred: HBo

Photo Cred: HBo


Now I have to be honest, I cannot fault Lawrence for leaving but he didn’t even try to work it out. So for the last few days I have been polling men asking the question, “why do men leave after one discretion, but expect a woman to stay after he’s cheated multiple times?” The responses I received were crazy! Some men think that women are not ever going to leave them because many surmised that a woman is just as comfortable as they are in the relationship. Men believe they can commit offense after offense, and their apologies to be accepted. However, when they’re the ones that were wronged in any way, they will not and I repeat will not be so forgiving. I even asked “Mister” what his opinion was, and he said “he couldn’t imagine another man being with his woman the way he is.”. Now while that is understandable, he was very clear he ain’t with the shhhh lol which is cool because I am not either. Lol

So now, I don’t know if I am #TeamLawrence or #TeamIssa because I understand both positions.

So what’s your thoughts?

Lauryn-Hill-006

Lauryn Hill Signs a Deal With Sony World Wide

gallery-showbiz-lauryn-hillIt’s been reported that the legendary Lauryn Hill has signed a contract with Sony for $1 million dollars to pay off the tax debt. For longtime fans, like myself,  there will be a new album since the MisEducation of Lauryn Hill. This is the first full album since the last effort 18 years ago. She released her statement on her tumblr today.

It has been reported that I signed a new record deal, and that I did this to pay taxes. Yes, I have recently entered into an agreement with Sony Worldwide Entertainment, to launch a new label, on which my new music will be released. And yes, I am working on new music.

I’ve remained silent, after an extensive healing process. This has been a 10+ year battle, for a long time played out behind closed doors, but now in front of the public eye. This is an old conflict between art and commerce… free minds, and minds that are perhaps overly tethered to structure. This is about inequity, and the resulting disenfranchisement caused by it. I’ve been fighting for existential and economic freedom, which means the freedom to create and live without someone threatening, controlling, and/or manipulating the art and the artist, by tying the purse strings.

It took years for me to get out of the ‘parasitic’ dynamic of my youth, and into a deal that better reflects my true contribution as an artist, and (purportedly) gives me the control necessary to create a paradigm suitable for my needs. I have been working towards this for a long time, not just because of my current legal situation, but because I am an artist, I love to create, and I need theproper platform to do so.

The nature of my new business venture, as well as the dollar amount reported, was inaccurate, only a portion of the overall deal. Keep in mind, my past recordings have sold over 50,000,000 units worldwide, earning the label a tremendous amount of money (a fraction of which actually came to me).

Only a completely complicated set of traps, manipulations, and inequitable business arrangements could put someone who has accomplished the things that I have, financially in need of anything. I am one artist who finds value in openly discussing the dynamics within this industry that force artists to compromise or distort themselves and what they do, rather than allowing them to make the music that people need. There are volumes that could (and will) be said.

Are you as excited to get a follow-up to The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill as I am?

Shout out to Ms. Hill for taking the time to bring her audience new music! What are your thoughts?

Photo Credit: IAMANGELA

Here Comes The Bride! Angela Simmons is ENGAGED!

The 28 year old daughter of Rev Run is ENGAGED! Congrats to her and her non celeb boyfriend Sutton Sean Tennyson. Since finding out what that the second season of “Growing Up Hip Hop” has been renewed, she’s been serving up hot deets that are sure to make the production floor.

Aside from great things taken place in her life, her ring is EVERYTHING, and Ms. Simmons is taking every opportunity to share!

Congrats Ang! We can’t wait to see how you slay on your wedding day!

Photos/Video Courtesy: Instagram