So comfy.. and perfect for this Los Angeles weather.
You have to try their Red Velvet Waffle donut! #obssesed
Do you think it’s offensive for a black artist to use a nonblack model in his videos/artwork? And Do you agree with the backlash Pharrell received over his “Girl” and “Marilyn Monroe” covers??
P.S. Thank you for the shout out in Ebony Magazine! Check out their interview with the beautiful Khadijah Nicholas.
Last week, the ever-“Happy” Pharrell dropped a new video for his new single “Marilyn Monroe.” Following the controversy surrounding the absence of brown skinned women on his G I R L album cover, fans and critics alike had much to say about the image of the stunning Khadijah Nicholas chosen for the single art, which features her dressed in red and looking much like a chocolate version of the late actress.
EBONY: But there are some critics who say Pharrell is just using this girl with darker skin to appease the fans who at first were mad about the perceived absence of a Black woman and who were then still upset when they found out there was a very light-skinned one there, because they feel it played to a whitewashed beauty standard.
KN: I think it’s completely wrong. It’s a wrong way to think. But at the same time, I just want people to be a little more responsible. Like, do your research, think about the situation more. At least look up the work that he’s produced over the years. He’s always given love to many shades of women. Even on his “Frontin” cover, he had Lanisha Cole from the video as the cover of the single. He’s even talked to me about how his dad is dark-skinned, how it wasn’t a matter of not featuring a dark-skinned girl on the cover. He chose those girls because he wanted to. But the girl is Black. Is she Black enough? Maybe not for you, but she is Black. So how you can say now that “Oh, he’s doing this just because…?” I don’t think that makes sense. At the end of the day, people are entitled to their opinion, but I would just like them to do a little more research. Learn about the people, and not quickly judge what you see in front of you.
“Sometimes, very quietly and graciously, you can inspire other people by showing them that there’s a different way and many perceptions of beauty. You may not be feeling it inside, but if you display it like you mean it, then it can give permission to be kind to ourselves and embrace our individuality.”
Such a wonderful evening at UCLA’s Royce Hall! Breathtaking to see a huge orchestra bring the Oscar nominated films to life. My favorites of the night were Jill Scott’s performance of ”Happy” from the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack, U2′s “Ordinary Love” from Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, and the score from Gravity by Steven Price.
Unbelievable to be in the presence of a legend like John Williams- you know his music from Indiana Jones, Star Wars, Superman, Harry Potter, and so many more…
Glad we were able to squeeze in a few pics between rain drops. Outfit of the night from my line- Dianne Cole Collection!
Bullied back in high school…. Now… #BLESSED #tbt #highschool
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I’m amazed by how some people think that writing a blog post on a sensitive topic is somehow wrong or unnecessary. One of the purposes of a blog is to open up different topics for conversation - and sometimes people won’t like what they hear, while at other times they will be opened up to new ideas and other people’s perspectives. That’s the point!! lol
I made the decision to NOT remain quiet on this issue in particular and I chose to address it on Valentine’s Day - a day centered specifically around relationships. While most of the reaction, both publicly and privately, has been incredibly positive and supportive, there are always a few close-minded negative nancy’s that can’t wait to rain on the parade.
Unfortunately there’s too much hate in this world, which I find frustrating and sad on so many levels. My focus is to show people how much love there is out there in an effort to spread that positivity everywhere, even to the darkest corners. I’m incredibly fortunate to have so many beautiful souls in my life and I want to share that with everyone.
Please know that I will always speak on the situations/issues that are close to my heart. Hopefully I can shed some light on a subject or at least provide some food for thought. Got it?
Thank you to everyone who took the time out to read my post and comment respectfully and intelligently on the topic. There will be more to come I’m sure. . . .
Thank you for your message Christelyn Karazin!
I’m a DIY type of gal.. From setting up my showroom, to buying merchandise, to building our websites. It’s a lot of work but its all worth it! Remember to always go after your dreams and stay focused on making it a reality! As long as your heart is in the right place you will always succeed!
They wouldn’t let me take a pic driving the forklift.. Oh well. I guess I’ll have to settle for this!
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Where to begin… My engagement announcement yesterday has highlighted a very sensitive issue… the topic of interracial dating. Though please know that it was never an issue for me, my fiancé, our friends and family. It’s unfortunate that a few ignorant people have taken an event that every girl dreams of and turned it into a negative with their vile and ignorant comments. I won’t give this urban gossip website the benefit of being mentioned (I used to be a huge fan, by the way) but among some of the comments came the term “Sellout Negro” and other disgusting and derogatory references.
As many of you know, I don’t usually speak about my personal life. It’s more important to me for people to focus on what I do professionally, but this particular topic has been swept under the rug far too often and I feel that its important for me to put this issue out in the open. Calling someone a “sellout” based on the race of their significant other is mean spirited, pathetic and highlights everything wrong with our society. I have never been in a relationship based on wealth or status. If that was the case then I’m sure you would have seen me out and about with rappers, athletes, artists, etc. I’ve always stayed under the radar (by choice) and made my life decisions based on what I value, what my parents taught me and what my heart tells me to do.
This man RICK LICHT is the person I love… the person I plan to build the rest of my life with.. the person who’s supported me through great times and of course the rough times. He’s been my rock and I love him for the person he’s proven himself to be. We’ve been together for a while… 5+ years… and this was before his new project was even a thought. I’ve seen this man work VERY HARD day and night to make his dreams a reality and I’ve been there every step of the way. He is honestly the definition of hard work, persistence, determination, and strength and I’m proud of what he’s been able to accomplish.
I have had an amazing career and worked hard to support myself financially. I’ve managed to go from being in music videos at the age of 18 to spending 8 years on a well known game show, spent 9+ years with Milani Cosmetics, opened an art gallery, opened my photography studio, and I’ve also dedicated my time to mentoring young women who need guidance, among other things. None of this came easy. Nothing was handed to me. I’ve faced the challenges time and time again, fighting to get to where I’m at today. I’m very proud to say that I’ve done it in a way that my family can be proud of and other young women can hopefully be inspired by. Getting married to the man I love is simply the icing on the cake… and I will continue to stand by his side regardless of the bitter betties who feel the need to make negative comments and call me hurtful names. I’m not the first one who’s been called out and I’m sure I won’t be the last. But if they read this post, perhaps some of those people will think twice before take the low road and act that way again. I say this on St. Valentine’s Day, a day for love, and just weeks after the day honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, a day for peace, hope and treating everyone with the proper respect – regardless of race, creed or color.
I pray that those who took the time out of their day to try and put me down will one day find someone who treats them like a queen or king, and who’ll inspire them to see the light and be a positive influence in this world during the time they’re here on this earth. Remember that everyday is a blessing… so stop spending time perpetuating everything wrong with society and instead do something to help lift each other up. As Dr. King said, “Hate cannot drive out hate. Only love can do that.” I’m incredibly fortunate that there are so many warm, special and beautiful people in my life so I usually don’t address the hate but I had to share my feelings on this topic today.
I hope this note proves beneficial to some of the folks out there. . .
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Ok, maybe just one last pic before you go…
I know I put you to work yesterday girlie (I can be tough, don’t let the dress fool ya!) but I had a great time working with you! That new Beyonce album had you on fire! LOL
New pics from our shoot coming soon!
She is known as an Independent Woman, and when it comes to her music it seems Beyonce Knowles really does like to do things her own way.
On Thursday, after almost a year of speculation over the release of her fifth album, the 32-year-old singer rush released her latest studio effort on iTunes with no promotion or prior warning to her fans.
In a surprise and game-changing move, the album comes complete with seventeen videos already filmed for each track.
Collaborations on the ‘exclusive visual album’ meanwhile include appearances from husband Jay Z, Kelly and Michelle, Frank Ocean, Pharrell Williams, Justin Timberlake, Drake and even her daughter Blue Ivy.
Wishing a Happy Birthday to Bob Barker – a champion for animals and a man who taught me so much during our 4+ years together on TPIR. He was always a gentleman, thoroughly prepared and a true professional. His ability to connect with the contestants was special, as were his adlibs during some crazy moments!
Happy 90th Bob – and many more!
And, as always, remember to have your pets spayed and neutered!
A few other pics just because it’s throwback thursday…
My sincerest congratulations to all the girls who walked the catwalk- You all rocked! There was a lot of love in the air at our event on Saturday and we appreciate everyone who came out to support Zoe’s Vintique!
Check out the photos from our event below!
After having the pleasure of watching one of the best films in recent years courtesy of Christopher Nolan’s “Inception” (4 out of 5, recommended but don’t be under the impression that its the greatest film ever or that it’s mind boggling…Maverick & JC found the story to be pretty straightforward but still amazing) the BWNG found themselves analysing the concept of dreams and reality. Like many a conversation involving a male circle, women are bound to fit in as a topic of discussion (everything leads to women).
After The Yak had put together a hypothesis correlating his daydreams about Erykah Badu’s Window Seat video with the reality of his new found appreciation for everything Eritrean, we had come to another realisation. All our dreams involving celeb women were based around the clichéd “top 10 list” we had individually created years back when the reality is a couple of them were old enough to be our mothers.
Let us not shy away from our acceptance of cougarsville; despite age there are still hardly any women who can test the Sexcellence appeal of Halle Berry, Sanaa Lathan, Stacey Dash, Nia Long etc However there comes a time when the mantle has to be handed down and although there have been welcome younger additions to the list i.e Beyonce, Christina Milian, Meagan Good, Esther Baxter, Eva Pigford, Eva Mendez etc we need to highlight new ones that have been under the radar and slowly breaking through. Please take note of 7 women who WILL be hot at 40+ and should be breaking into your top 10s
Besides the fact that she played lead video girl in some of our favourite tracks of last decade (Jon B – Don’t Talk, The Roots – Break You Off, Pharell – Frontin’, Trey Songz – Last Time) we appreciate Lanisha Cole for her sheer beauty. Ever since she took the spotlight from Lauren London in the Frontin’ video it was a daily struggle on google to find out who she was. Lanisha Cole had captured the eyes and dropped the jaws of many a male who during that period were yet to see a featured video girl look like your average natural beauty. Temporarily ending the debate on a lack of dark-skinned girls being heralded she is dark-skin beauty supreme.
If Christina Milian is the girl next door then Vashtie is your best female friend whom for so many years like an idiot you didn’t realise was the one girl you’ve been waiting for til she decided to straighten her hair and wear a tight dress for her birthday. BWNG dig her tomboyish style mixed with natural beauty; no slouch either she serves as an artist, stylist, music video director and party promoter. Thumbs up to a girl you can shop at the same store with! With Trinidadian and Indian traits its safe to say we can pro-create children with good hair, damn our kids would look pretty!
We know we weren’t the only ones watching that NEXT advert last year wondering who the hell this gorgeous woman was. Gracing international runways since the age of 16 the model is representing for the long list of hot Brazilians responsible for us screaming the lord’s name in vain. At 21 the girl is beautiful and despite praise from Naomi Campbell and Anna Wintour it’s the BWNG seal of approval that pretty much solidifies her bad ass status.
Every dude is liable to have been involved with that one crazy chick that they DON’T regret, this to me is what Janelle Monae is. Still somewhat baffled by this fascination with robots she has, BWNG are willing to put that aside for her sheer beauty and voice. She has her own style and doesn’t conform to society or media’s definition of a woman. Who else do you know that can rock that mullet and still make you feel like you don’t deserve her? Talented, Stylish, Ridiculously photogenic and a little weird…all ingredients of a BWNG kinda woman.
Half Liberian, Half Russian, born in Switzerland and raised in USA where she attended a Hebrew School and learnt to speak Spanish, Portuguese and French. *Claps* I think it’s safe to say she’s cultured. We first spotted her on the Vampire Diaries and found reason never to side with the enemy (True Blood) again. At 20 she’s still yet to be perved over which ultimately gives her the tools to reign over anyone in her age group by the time she hits her peak. Be warned.
“Who’s she?” “Who’s that?” is the typical question raised when Dania Ramirez appears on screen, not many can deny they haven’t asked that question out loud let alone in their head. She is the epitome of sex appeal, gotta love that smile too. THAT scene with her and Kerry Washington in “She Hate Me” reigns supreme in cinematography…If you’ve yet to see it go and download the movie, rob a DVD store, ask a friend, whatever you need to do to see it. The only reason why I watched Heroes and the reason I cried after not seeing her in episode 4 of the latest Entourage series, Ramirez is thee blueprint.
Zoe Saldana just keeps evolving; from the cutie playing alongside Nick Cannon in Drumline to the freaky lesbian in After Sex to the hottie in Star Trek. She’s that girl you love to wake up next to in the morning, smiling in your face reminding you why you let her share a single bed with you in the first place. Gorgeous, accomplished, stylish and evolving as an actress she represents the progression. Half Dominican and Puerto Rican, she has those unique and everlasting features that will keep her at the top of her game for a while yet.
“Black Tie Week encourages our entire community to improve their perception of young men,” said Teck Holmes, Co-Founder of Black Tie Week. “The campaign brings together children, parents, schools, and businesses as we look for innovative ways to keep kids and communities violence free.”
Join the movement September 3rd-8th
More information at www.BlackTieWeek.com
My first Instagram video post- whoo hoo!
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The answer… BOTH!
If you remember Pharrell’s main jawn from his classic “Frontin” video then you remember Lanisha Cole. Monday evening the two reunited on the set of 2 Chainz “Feds Watching” video shoot.
Lanisha Cole @misslanishacole
On set with @Pharrell- he’s such a sweetheart! #FedsWatching
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