BLACK IS KING

BLACK IS KING

I am still blown away by Beyonce’s visual album, BLACK IS KING, on Disney Plus. If you haven’t watched it yet… stop what you’re doing and go watch it right now!

Beyonce never misses (obviously, she is perfection). The mixture of stunning visuals, upbeat music, and celebration of black culture makes for an overall powerful experience that everyone should be a part of.

BLACK IS KING is Beyonce’s retelling of the film, The Lion King, from the point of view of a young black boy. She previously released an album when the live action movie came out in 2019, but decided to bless us with the deluxe version. I really love how Beyonce mixed elements of afrobeat into this album. A few of my favorites are Find Your Way Back, Ja Ara E, Already, My Power, Mood 4 Eva and Nile. I also thought it was great to see Beyonce to acknowledge black artists from different regions such as Burna Boy, WizKid, Shatta Wale, Oumou Sangare, Moonchild Sanelly, and Yemi Alade. You can listen to the whole album below!

Not only was the music fantastic, but so were the visuals! The film was filled with bright colors, stunning symmetry, and plenty of homages to black history. At one point Beyonce was literally swimming with synchronized swimmers, came up from the water and was STILL FLAWLESS. HOW??? (I even wrote in my notes “how do you come up from the water and still look good???”). I’ve included some of my favorite visuals below as well.

We also got to see several special appearances from Kelly Rowland, Pharrell, Naomi Campbell, Lupita Nyongo. We even get to see Jay-Z, Miss Tina, Blue Ivy, Rumi, and Sir who she actually dedicated the film to!

My favorite part of the film was the constant gems that were dropped. A few that really stuck out to me were; “step into your essence”, “we were beauty before they knew what beauty was”, and lastly “something about walking in the room with your head high and not disrespecting your crown by bowing your neck”. It’s SO important for black people to hear these affirmations, because we are constantly being torn down. With everything going on in the world it was really uplifting to see black culture be shown in such an artistic and appreciative way.

GO WATCH BLACK IS KING ASAP!

Westworld III!

The trailer just dropped for the third season of Westworld! Coincidentally my brother had asked me on Saturday if Westworld was ever coming back, I guess we’ve got our answer. If you have not yet seen or even heard of Westworld, you are missing out. Now that Game of Thrones is over I’m excited to get back into another incredible show.

The plot is derived from the 1973 sci-fi Western movie of the same name. The first season had similar characteristics to the movie, it focused mainly on saloons and cowboys, but the second season broadened it’s horizons and spread out to different “worlds”. It looks like they will be expanding further in season three!

The newest season does not come out until 2020, which gives me and other fans of the show plenty of time to catch up on the episodes. I am a huge fan of the Nolan Brothers work so I am excited to see where they take the next season. Take a look at the trailer here: Westworld III.

Game of Thrones: The End is Coming

Sunday is right around the corner so you know what that means…. Game of Thrones! As many of you know, this is the final season so plenty of people are speculating how it will all end. For a show with so much detail and time put into it’s story line, it’s actually quite difficult to guess what’ll happen next.

However, show runners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss created a Spotify playlist titled “Game of Thrones: The End is Coming” where each song title alludes to subtle hints at how it may all end. Of course we’ll never really know how it ends until it you know, ends… but it’s still fun to guess!

Check out the playlist below to see if you can figure out which songs apply to the plots, characters, and story lines of the final season of Game of Thrones!

 

MET GALA 2019

IT’S FINALLY HERE… the Met Gala! If you are unaware the Met Gala occurs every year and is a fundraising event held by the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in NYC. Top designers create extravagant pieces based on the year’s theme for different celebrities.

This year’s theme was “Camp”. The idea was based of of Susan Sontag’s 1964 essay “Notes on Camp”. Camp essentially is the art of being “extra”, but in the best way possible, so over-doing it is encouraged! I loooove the idea of camp and have always been inspired by figures like the Spice Girls, Cher, Prince, and many more who perfectly exhibit what it means to be “Camp”. 

I’m so glad so many people went above and beyond on the pink carpet, below are my favorite looks from the night!

 

 

Beyoncé: HΘMΣCΘMING

I finally got around to watch the “Beyoncé: HΘMΣCΘMING”. As I mentioned before I was supposed to go to Beychella… but my brother bailed smh. Anyway. I always admire Beyoncé’s hard work ethic, but she put in EXTRA work to pull of this historic Coachella performance.

She easily could have given us a Beyoncé show (which is always amazing) but her vision was to bring our culture to Coachella. She was originally scheduled to perform at the festival in 2017, but she got pregnant… with twins! Beyoncé knew that after having to reschedule her performance and giving birth to twins this would have to be the performance of her life. On top of all of that Beyoncé was the first black woman to headline Coachella, so there was even more pressure on her! “Ain’t that a b*tch?!”

She mentioned in her documentary that this was the hardest she has EVER pushed herself in her life. Instead of “easily put[ing] on a flower crown”, Beyoncé chose to bring Black culture to the masses. Her vision was to spread the spirit and excitement of Homecoming at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, or HBCU’s. Though she did not attend one herself, she stated that she has always admired the joy and camaraderie involved in HBCU Homecoming.

After having suffered high blood pressure, and many other complications from her pregnancy this in essence was Beyoncé’s Homecoming too. It felt like it was Homecoming for all of us. As Black women we have to put in double, sometimes even triple, the amount of work to be successful. So to see Beyoncé put her blood, sweat, and tears into preparing for this performance was beyond inspiring.

Beyoncé has always been an advocate for representation, especially for women. It was incredible to see that the women dancing with her at Coachella were all shapes, sizes, and colors. Another cool thing to see was that her band was all female! It didn’t matter what they looked like, as long as they can hit the right moves and play the right notes, they’re part of the team. She even brought her girls Destiny’s Child onstage and her sister Solange!

The behind the scenes footage showed how detail oriented and dedicated she was to this performance. Beyoncé cut out meat, fish, bread, air, water… (Kidding! But it was a lot), to get down to the size she wanted. She prepared and practiced for nearly an entire year for this, and it certainly paid off.

Of course in true Beyoncé fashion, she released a “Beyoncé: HΘMΣCΘMING” album as well. She even hosted her own viewing at Grambling State University. According to reports, she has signed on for two more Netflix specials, and I’m thrilled to watch more of Beyoncé’s hard work pay off two more times!

The Wing West Hollywood!

Since 2016 I have been following the growth of the “members-only women-focused working space”, called The Wing. From it’s inception, I knew it would be revolutionary. They just opened up their seventh location here in West Hollywood after popular demand. The first club opened up in NYC and has spread to Chicago, San Franciso, D.C., and soon there will be locations in London, Toronto, Boston and Seattle.

Co-Founders Audrey Gelman and Lauren Kassan got the concept from a group called The Women’s Club movement founded in the 19th and early 20th century. This club was important because it was a group where women could motivate and comfort one another in such difficult times. This movement spread across the nation and created groups that still exist today! But now in 2019, all of these aspects are what gave birth to The Wing.

Now when I say everything at The Wing is geared towards women, I mean EVERYTHING! You can drop your child off at the daycare, make a quick stop to the pumping room, do your hair and make-up, hold meetings over lunch, and take conference calls all in the same place! Often working mothers find it hard to balance everything and the women of The Wing realized this and made things so easily accessible. Even the books in the library are all either written by women or are about women. Another cool thing is that the conference rooms are all named after influential women in pop culture to keep in line with the Hollywood theme. For instance there are conference rooms named after “Princess Leia of Star Wars, C.J. Cregg of The West Wing, Lydia Deetz of Beetlejuice and Dora The Explorer”.  Even the building itself is catered toward women, according to reports, the AC and furniture are set to favor women’s body shapes and temperatures!

The Wing is also a great place for women trying to make connections in the industry. Hollywood, is extremely male dominated. As we have seen in the news, woman who are trying to make a name for themselves are constantly harassed and threatened. The West Hollywood location partnered with Time’s Up to assure that this is a safe and comfortable space for women to build their own careers on their own time. There are even several female entertainers that hold the title of Co-Founder at The Wing West Hollywood. These women include “Mindy Kaling, Jessica Alba, Katy Perry, Shonda Rhimes, Maya Rudolph, Amandla Stenberg, Busy Phillips, Laverne Cox, Sharon Stone, Sarah Silverman, Margaret Cho,  Gabourey Sidibe, Hari Nef, Gia Coppola, Rodarte designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy; Hollywood stylists Karla Welch and Jamie Mizrahi, 42 West publicist Leslee Dart, and ID PR’s Kelly Bush Novak.”

Even if you are settled business wise, it’s also a great place to create friendships with like-minded women! Being that Los Angeles is such wide-spanning city with so many people to meet, this is the perfect place to do so. You can even grab a bite to eat from the “women-run and women-staffed” cafe!

I hope I get to visit The Wing sometime soon, or even become a member one day! I look forward to the growth and success of The Wing. Read more about it here!

Coachella 2019: The Best Looks from Weekend One

Weekend One of Coachella just came to an end and so many fun moments came out of it! Billie Eilish finally met Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande reunited 4/5 members of *NSYNC, and so much more. But of course, my favorite part will be the fashion!

I love looks that are unique and creative. Everyone can throw on some flowy pants and a flower crown and call it a day, but that’s far too easy.  Coachella is all about fun and practicality (you are in the middle of the desert after all) and I think it’s important to show that through your fashion choices for the three day extravaganza.

Take a look below and get inspired by these Coachella babes! 

@nicolemehta // @weworewhat

@unwosu // @shaninamshaik // @jastookes

@dorothywang // @jastookes

@butwhatshouldiwear // @shaymitchell

@iamfashionlaine // @viviannn_v

@michelletakeaim // @otravezcollection

@angelcandices // @angelandren

@sosupersam // @devinbrugman

@sincerelyjules // @normani

@shaninamshaik // @brittanyxavier

My Love Letter to Star Wars (Yes, Star Wars)

So, the new Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker  teaser just came out and……. It looks amazing!!!!!! If you have not seen it please stop what you’re doing and watch here! I don’t want to spoil too much but there are plenty of familiar faces and “voices”, some good and some not so good. 

I love how the teaser states that “Every Generation Has a Hero” because it’s true! My father grew up watching the original Star Wars in the 1970’s and 1980’s, both my brother and I grew up watching the prequels in the 2000’s, and now we are all able to watch the saga come to a close together.

Even the fact that the protagonist in the newest trilogy is a woman is awesome. When Force Awakens came out I was about twenty years old, and by the time that The Rise of Skywalker Comes out, I will be twenty-five. I feel I can relate to Rey and the spiritual, mental, and physical journey she is going through. I already know so much more than I did a few years back, much like Rey.  

I have been a huge Star Wars fan my entire life. Don’t believe me? I’ll show you my Darth Vader Tattoo to prove it. I mean besides those prequels (we don’t like to talk about those), every aspect of Star Wars brings me joy. I love the all of the interesting characters we have seen through the years, the flawless story line that has spanned over decades, and incredible attention to detail in all of the Star Wars movies. 

When A New Hope first came out in 1977 it was a mega hit, and for good reasons! A movie that combined action, humor, and sci-fiction had been unheard of at the time, but it changed pop culture forever. 

Now we’re in the year 2019 and the story is coming to an end, but we all know this will never be the end of Star Wars. I’m so glad to have experienced Star Wars in my lifetime, it has taught me so much about family, friends, and even enemies. I’m so glad to see J.J. Abrams will be returning to direct the final film, he is certainly the right person to close the chapter on the enchanting story of Star Wars. 

Sunday Brunch at Soho House

This Sunday I had brunch at Soho House West Hollywood! Now Soho House might not necessarily be a familiar name to the masses, but it is one of the most exclusive members only clubs in Hollywood. 

In order to even get inside you must either be a member or know a member. Luckily I do!  So I was able to attend one of their regular Sunday brunches. The food was delicious of course, and the live music set the perfect ambiance for a wonderful Sunday afternoon. We were enjoying ourselves so much that we stayed through dinner! Every time I come to Soho House I have to get the guacamole. I’m not sure what kind of magical avocados they make theirs with but it is bomb!

As we were leaving they began to set up for Drag Bingo, one of the many exciting events on the Soho House schedule. I’m hoping to get a front row seat to the Game of Thrones viewing next Sunday. While we were there, we even got to take a peek at their new Mexican inspired restaurant, Maya!

Besides the amazing food, the coolest thing about going to Soho House is seeing the celebrities just being themselves and being comfortable among like-minded individuals. Soho House members tend to be on the innovative and creative side, so there’s never an uptight vibe. Most places celebrities go to they will be hounded with fans or paparazzi asking to take photos, but photos are strictly prohibited in all Soho House Clubs (so of course these are not my photos!)

Soho house is a hidden gem that has been around for ages and not just in West Hollywood! There are locations in Malibu, London, New York, Toronto, and even soon Hong Kong! Now obviously I can’t give much detail about who I have seen there or where it is specifically located, but what I can tell you is that Soho House is the place to be!