June 2015Faces of Black Fashion: June 2015

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Nina Simone: What Happened Ms. Simone

What happened Miss Simone captured the beauty, humanity  and complexities of jazz and blues legend Nina Simone.  It's a up close and personal view of her talent, her struggles, her joys and her sacrifices.  The documentary tells the story of a woman who sacrificed career advancement to speak out against injustice during the civil rights movement, because she saw it as her duty to use her voice and talent for change.  We see a mother whose internal struggles caused a rift in her relationship with her daughter; a wife maneuvering a complicated marriage with a man whom she simultaneously loved and despised; and a civil rights activist fighting to instill and protect the identify and dignity of her people.  

Through all of this, the beauty and royal bearing of Ms. Simone shines through.  She lived honestly in a way that affirmed her womanhood, her blackness and her black womanhood. Since watching I've been listening to Nina Simone songs on replay, my three favorites being: Young Gifted and Black, Backlash Blues and I Ain't Got Nothing, I Got Life. For some words of affirmation, I'll end this this post with Nina Simone Singing a live performance of Young Gifted and Black. 

Monday, June 15, 2015

Style Photos from the Everyday People Brunch, NYC

Yesterday I attended Chef Roble's  sought after Everyday People Brunch Party at the DL in NYC. The series grew out of a desire to celebrate an artistic and eclectic demographic with good food, great music, dancing, mingling and live performances. I'm a foodie so I initially went for good food and conversation. My eggs, toast and bellinis were tasty, but I was soon swept away by the music and uber stylish crowd.  

Here are some photos from the event: 

Here with my friends. I wore a simple and chic summer blue dress (similar HERE).

Individually Curated  Style

Friday, June 12, 2015

This Week in Black Celebrity Style

Jada Pinkett Smith in NYC (she looks great! Makes me want to hit the gym)

Kerry Washington at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards.

Chanel Iman stuns in cropped top and midi skirt

Zoe Saldana arriving at Jimmey Kimmel live - I really like the pairing of white shoes with this dress!