Black identity in the United States is multi-faceted, yet is often reduced to a few clichés in popular culture. When I was growing up - outside of America - my perception of my brothers on the other side of the Atlantic was shaped mostly through hip hop and sports. I, along with billions of kids worldwide was presented with very few aspects of the African American culture. The reality it turns out, is more nuanced. And now that African Americans are re-taking control of their narrative, they get to shape perceptions more accurately.
With #TimeIsUp we'd like to join the movement and let all the women in the world who have suffered abuse know that we stand in solidarity with them. We wouldn't be anything without your courage and unconditional care for all of us.
Art Basel is here! Therefore, this week's ego infused entry is about excess and materialism. Both themes were central to the work of Jean Michel Basquiat, who is arguably the best known artist of color in the world. The journey ends with some philosophical remarks by Yeezy about the shortcomings of it all. Turn up!
Just in, clean skin can be the all around best accessory for your fabulous, scintillating, ‘it girl’ spring look. What’s more “in” than sexy athleisure and denim? Clean skin to go with your to-die-for joggers. So grab your favorite facial toner (mine is Eben’s purifying tonic lotion) and get ready to strut your stuff.
America was a very different country when Martin Luther King gave his legendary ‘I have a dream speech’ in 1963. Fast forward 54 years later, and I’m not sure how he would feel knowing that his people are still in the streets asking for basic civil rights. I say new times call for different methods.
The first installment of our playlist series is called‘6pm in Brickell’. Brickell is the bustling economic heart of Miami. It is filled with businesses, shops, galleries and a bunch of young people excited about what the future holds. Unlike any other downtown areas of the continental U.S., Brickell has an exotic feel to it – courtesy of its endless rows of palm trees and the surrounding turquoise waters. the vibe is real!
Milain David, the Founder of Eben Naturals, has created a line of products intended to cleanse, moisturize, and refresh skin for people of color. His story is compelling. Listen to it here. David’s story and mission of intentional problem-solving coupled with understanding and passion resonated with me. Getting ahold of the line was not just a ‘want’; it became a ‘need to have.’