weekend wear 10.27.14

DSC_0003 Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetDSC_0127DSC_0125  wish i had more to share lovelies but these few shots are the only snaps i got from onrae lateal’s ep release party at the beacon hotel’s sky bar. i guess that’s what happens when you’re an event’s photographer! nevertheless, what the event lacked in my narcissistic edification, it surely made up for in good vibes and dope music. congrats to onrae lateal and the entire libra season team!

maxi dress, astars from emporium dna | moto jacket, forever 21 | granny boots, thrifted | lipstick, nars matte pencil in train bleu

p.s. much love to my man earl of earl’s closet for coming out. if you haven’t already, check out his vintage collection — the fall pieces are epic.

 

 

weekend music: onrae lateal, infatuation

Closeup Black Backgroundmusic with a message is hard to find these days.  producer onrae lateal is filling that gap by pairing banging beats with socially and spiritually aware artists. her new single, infatuation (featuring brothah malik and jonathan lykes), is a perfect ode to natural beauty, making listeners excited for new love.

download onrae lateal’s ep, libra season, and get lost in each track’s intricate instrumentation.

 

fall essentials: new balance

New-Balanceif you’ve been following politics & fashion for awhile, then you should know that i bang hard with hi/low mixes.  i love the idea of taking something sophisticated and pairing it with more casual pieces.  with that in mind, it’s no wonder that fall new balances stole my heart.  you can find these twists on the classic 574s over at infinity shoes.SNEAKER COLLAGE

weekend wear: stylist edition

i had the opportunity to flex my stylist muscles this weekend and pull together looks for a music video shoot.  the song, featuring brothah malik and jonathan lyes, was produced by female producer onrae lateal for her new ep, libra season.  we shot the video for the first single, infatuation, and the director, nabeeh bilal of creative junkfood, asked the styling be kept simple given the song’s natural beauty theme.

DSC_5770 DSC_5777 shot on a local campus, i envisioned the rapper, brothah malik, as a socially conscious grad student leaving class wearing a vintage levis jacket and jeans. i turned it up for his love interest/dancer, najwa womack. DSC_5784

hat, h&m | jacket, forever 21 | leotard, american apparel | skirt, rachel roy | tights, target | booties, forever 21 | bag, vintage

DSC_5785DSC_5790 DSC_5800 DSC_5813 DSC_5834 DSC_5845shot out to creative junkfood for their artistic genius behind the camera. be sure to check out libra season and stay tuned for the video debut!

nerd life

intelligencei really love public radio.  ashamedly, i mostly listen for soundbites to regurgitate during intellectual discussions.  like a kid playing double-dutch, i can’t wait to jump in to show off my newest piece of knowledge.  collecting random tidbits about a wide array of subjects such as sports (the eagles beat the rams, 38 to 24 on sunday), foreign policy (al nustra is being called the most successful rebel group in syria) or animal behavior (dolphins are actually not as smart as you think) became my charge in life once i turned 30. with my quest for knowledge in mind, here are a few of the public radio programs that enhance my nerd life:

tell me more

i cried during the last episode of tell me more.  michel martin, the show’s host, is the black nerd girl’s journalistic hero and should be praised for bringing diverse voices to a commonly white, privileged space. no worries, the old shows are archived.

fresh air

fresh air has replaced tell me more as my favorite show on npr. i can’t think of a radio program that offers a stronger pulse on mainstream america.

microphone check

did you know npr has a hip hop show? yea, i squealed too when i found out. the latest episode features a group that had a major influence on my life: outkast.

on being

i wonder if krista tippett, on being’s host, will adopt me.  if not, i’ll settle for replaying my favorite episodes of her show about spirituality, mindfulness and emotional well-being non stop.

democracy now

amy goodman is the trillest of them all. democracy now is a daily news outlet, completely independent, that gives hard-hitting news from a progressive lens. tune in every morning at 8 am to get your entire life.

what are some of your favorites?