Question??? 🤔🤔🤔

When was the last time y’all did something for the first time?

I’m the kind of person who always likes to try and do new things because I feel like life is too short to not experience all of the shit that’s out here.

I’ll list some of the recent things I did for the first time (well as much as I can actually remember)

  • Dec (2016): I dyed all of my hair red (I was so scared that my hair was gonna fall out but it didn’t so I’m happy lol)
  • January: I started a Youtube Channel which I plan to revive in a few weeks
  • February I went to the Museum of African American History in DC for Black History Month of course but it was boring as fuck and the lines were long as fuck like some kings dominion type shit
  • March: I went to the Museum of Sex in NYC, which was crazyy there was a titty room, old victorian porn photos and shit
  • April: I completed an internship where I assisted refugees
  • May: I graduated from college

Regardless of whether you have a list like mine I think you should write out a list of things you want to do and seriously plan to do them friends or on a date.

Social Media: a Gift and a Curse

For the past few years I’ve always talked about how much social media has affected young adults these days including myself. The affects are good and bad though.

When it comes to the good things, I’ve noticed that a lot of people have used legitimately used social media for networking and building their brands whether it is for hosting/promoting parties, selling clothes, hair extensions or whatever. People have even gotten job opportunities and met celebs because of social media which is dope….. Some people have used social media as a way to make friends, link up with associates and/or date, which can be tricky.

Now here goes the bad….. Inferiority and multiple complexes has been the result of social media from what I’ve noticed. There are people who constantly feel like they need to compete or feel like if they’re not doing what other people are doing they’re an underachiever. Also, flying each other has been a thing that pretty much goes wrong every time lol PSA: don’t fly across the country solo to link up with strangers. 

ALSO, it seems like we all have a hard time disconnecting. Sometimes I’ll find myself refreshing my TL just because and not because I have any interest in whatever everyone is tweeting or posting it’s just become a habit.

Social Media is really complex and taking over slowly but surely in both good and bad ways.

Adulting

Adulting has been on my mind a lot lately now that I’ve graduated from college. I have time to kinda think like “ok so now what?”


I think we all reach that point where (whether we went to college or not) we’re trying to figure out what’s the next move we need to make in order to prosper as an adult.

There’s so much to on the adulting to do list📝:

  • Finding a decent job with good benefits
  • finding somewhere to live
  • paying bills
  • budgeting
  • staying organized and on top of things
  • Building up your resume
  • putting your time management skills to use or if you don’t have any building them up

Here’s a 👉🏾 link to a guide that’ll help you with most of your adulting questions and issues

I think the most difficult part is making the transition from being guided through life by your parents to doing it all on your own, but it’s just a one day at a time type of things. I just wanted to make this post to ensure you that you’re not alone.

 

Ballin’ On A Budget

Unidays!!!! If you’re a college student register for Unidays all you have to do is register with your college email and they’ll give you a special code to use so that when you shop at sites like Boohoo, Missguided and Asos you will get your student discount

—> Link to the Ballin’ On a Budget Video

 

Moonlight *Spoilers*

So I just recently watched the 8 Academy Award Nominated film, Moonlight. This coming of age film touches on the important issues that tend to be forgotten about or people turn a blind eye to. Drug addiction, adolescence, and sexual identity are all issues that the main character, Chiron faced. This film really tugged on my heart strings. There was a lot of heartache, but there were some triumphs.

 

The film is told in three parts which follow the key points in Chiron’s life.

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Little:

As a kid, Chiron also called Little is constantly bullied at school and his drug addicted mother, Paula doesn’t help much. Juan, a local drug dealer takes Chiron under his wing. Juan and his girlfriend, Teresa provide Chiron with a sort of safe haven. Chiron struggles to come to terms with his sexual identity all while dealing with his mother’s worsening drug habit as a child. Chiron endured during his childhood. His mother was not always around and whenever she was coming down from her high she would be aggressive towards him. He learns early on what the slur “faggot” meant and that Juan is a drug dealer who fed his mother’s crack addiction. However, Chiron still continued to hang out with Juan and Teresa as they sort of acted as his surrogate parents. Throughout his hardships, he managed to have one friend, Kevin. Kevin always seemed to randomly pop up whenever Chiron was down or going through it.

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Chiron:

Chiron is now a teenager still struggling with his identity.He’s still dealing with bullying only that is different is that now he’s in high school. In class, he deals with constant verbal and physical abuse from a bully, Terrell. After school, he would typically avoid Terrell and his crew and go to Juan and Teresa’s. In the film, it is clear that Juan died, but not much is said about what happened. One day after coming home and having his mother take all of the money Teresa gave him he sleeps at the train station, but unable to sleep comfortably he wanders to the beach. At the beach he bumps in Kevin, his childhood friend. They sit, talk and smoke some weed. At some point their conversation, the mood changes. Chiron and Kevin shared a deeply intimate moment that stuck with Chiron for the rest of his life. Despite their intimate moment, Kevin gave into peer pressure just a few days later at the hands of Chiron’s bully, Terrell. this time the bullying was apart of a hazing ritual. The hazing ritual resulted in Chiron being brutally beaten in front of his peers. Chiron felt there was no point in reporting to the authorities he broke down in his principal’s office and just kept saying you don’t even know. He felt and knew that pressing charges wouldn’t make a difference so the next day he took matters into his own hands. He returned to school the following day and beat Terrell over the back with a chair. Consequently, Chiron was arrested and sent to juvie in ATL.

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Black:

Years later, Chiron is now an adult. He became a drug dealer after someone from juvie put him on to it. Everything in his life was pretty slowed down and consistent. There were no traces of the insecure Chiron from Liberty City up until he gets a surprising phone call in the middle of the night. He picks up the phone thinking it is his mother calling him from rehab, but it is actually Kevin. The call has Chiron lost for words, but Kevin managed to keep the conversation going. The phone call ended with Kevin telling him that since he works at a restaurant whenever Chiron decides to visit Miami he’ll cook for him.  Shortly after that conversation Chiron visits his mother at the rehab facility she lives at. They have a heart wrenching conversation about her lack of love and care for him as a child and how regretful she is. The next day, Chiron drives from Atlanta to Miami to see Kevin. They sit and chat for awhile with mostly Kevin talking because Chiron seems apprehensive and unsure of Kevin. Kevin closes the restaurant and Chiron gives him a ride home. Back at Kevin’s place they seem to beat around the bush, but Chiron finally opens up. He says that Kevin is the only man he’s been intimate with and that he has never been with anyone else since. The film comes to a close with them embracing one another and talking.

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Review: there’s so much about this movie that I love. I love the all black cast. I loved how passionate the characters were. An LGBT movie was needed for the black community. I love and feel like there are so many parts of this movie that resonates with a lot of people. The young men who played Chiron as a child and teen did a great job. They had a big responsibility of understanding difficult issues and portraying them for the world to see and grasp. It was also interesting how Chiron never came out and explored after the moment he had with Kevin. In one of the last few scenes, he tells Kevin when he left Miami he built himself from the ground up and wanted to forget the things of his past. However, he never pretended to be straight or have any relationships with other men. It seemed as though that trip to Miami made him bring all of things he tried to put in the back of his mind back at the forefront for him to come to terms with. The writers and production team did a good job depicting a situation where there is beauty in the struggle.

Rihanna: An Icon

By: S. Easley

—>Link to my video on Why I Love Rihanna

Rihanna is an innovative, iconic, and trendsetting woman. We all love and draw inspiration from her.  She made the list for Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in 2012 so it’s safe to say that she plays a big role in pop culture. The moment she posts a new picture on Instagram or steps on stage we’re all drawn in. She’s a fashion icon, businesswoman and most of all just herself.

Rihanna’s fashion sense and style is one of a kind. I always find myself scrolling through her Instagram or through her fan pages on Tumblr getting so much inspiration on clothes to wear or a different hairstyle/color to try out.

She’s gone long, she’s gone short, and has even worn bantu knots. She wore her hair wrapped up in bobby pins and that made headlines. She went topless on the cover of Lui magazine in 2014. Rihanna makes herself hard to look over.

In 2014, Rihanna received the Fashion Icon Award at the 2014 Council of Fashion Designers of America. From Bubble coats to fur bralettes anytime she steps out her outfit always has everyone talking. Rihanna definitely has a lasting impression on pop culture

There’s so much more to Rihanna that doesn’t get enough attention and praise. The Barbadian singer is so carefree, confident and most of all ambitious. The media mostly focuses on her choice of clothing and who they think she’s dating. I mean so what Drake got her a billboard to congratulate her on receiving the Vanguard award (Just kidding. That’s actually a big deal lol). Rihanna is an inspiration not for just her looks, but for what she does and has accomplished all these years in her career.

As a teen Rihanna decided to follow her dreams, she dropped her first album Music of the Sun when she was 17 years old. She started her music career as a teen and well the rest is history. She has won numerous awards. So far she has won 8 Grammy Awards, 12 Billboard Music Awards, and on August 28, 2016 she received the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. She has sold over 200 million records worldwide, which makes her one of the best-selling music artists of all time. In 2015, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) had announced that Rihanna had surpassed more than 100 million Gold & Platinum song certifications. Most recently, her single “Needed Me” was certified 2 times platinum by the RIAA and her other single “Work” was number one on the Billboard’s Hot 100 for 8 weeks, which tied her with The Beatles for 59 weeks at number one. Honestly, the list goes on when it comes to Rihanna’s accomplishments as a music artist.


As a businesswoman, Rihanna has collaborated with Puma, MAC cosmetics, Stance and Manolo Blahnik. She has her own lipstick color with MAC called Riri Woo.

 2015 was a good year for Ms. Fenty she became a co-owner along with other various artists in the music streaming service Tidal, she became the first black woman to represent the popular French fashion brand, Dior and later on in 2015 revealed she has her own sock line with Stance. Earlier this year, she became a creative director and collaborated with Puma. Rihanna now has her own Puma collection, which consists of the popular fur slides, creeper shoes and Fenty trainers. Also, this year she has worked with Manolo Blahnik, the famous Spanish fashion designer. Fenty and Blahnik teamed up to create 6 limited edition styles of denim boots and heels which were released in May.



Rihanna is also a philanthropist. In 2006, she created her Believe foundation for children who are terminally ill. In addition, Rihanna and other celebrities/public figures designed clothing with H&M for H&M Fashion Against AIDS line in 2008.  Also, in 2008, Rihanna performed a series of charity concerts that were entitled A Girl’s Night Out to benefit the Believe Foundation she created. The charity concerts were made free for the public. The money that came from sponsors and advertisers were to donated to provide medical supplies, school supplies and toys for the children.


In 2012, Rihanna founded the Clara Lionel Foundation, in honor of her grandparents, Clara and Lionel Braithwaite. The current programs of the Clara Lionel Foundation are the Clara Braithwaite Center for Oncology and Nuclear Medicine at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Barbados.

The foundation even has education programs. There is an annual Diamond Ball held as a fundraiser event. In 2014, the first ball raised over $2 million and the second ball raised over $3 million. After Hurricane Sandy hit, Rihanna donated $100,000. In January 2014, Rihanna was part of the MAC Viva Glam campaign, which benefits and women, men, and children living with HIV/AIDS.

Rihanna is an empowering figure.  A couple years ago Rihanna was a victim of domestic abuse, but she never played the victim or used that as a ploy for attention. She went through that situation and grew from it. She didn’t let that situation turn her into a damsel in distress. Rihanna is someone that I think a lot of young girls and women can look to as someone to draw so much inspiration and courage from. She has been driven and focused on her career all these years. People may obsess over who she’s dating, but she has remained obsessed with her work. Going on numerous tours, consistently dropping albums, designing shoes, becoming the newest creative director at Puma and still she somehow finds time to spend time with her family and friends. She’s been through a lot and accomplished a lot. Robyn Rihanna Fenty is an iconic, inspiring, and innovative woman.