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There are days when I wish I could log into my old myspace account (dating myself, I know). Myspace was not only the first place my freak ass sent and received nudes, but also the first place I got to talk to a lot of really talented artist. I remember being in college and coming across some work that really spoke to me. I messaged the artist to see what I could get on a college student budget. We worked out something for a small piece and the artist was only going to charge me a couple hundred bucks... Sadly I didn't buy it. I probably got shoes or something...Maybe even spent it at Wal-Mart or the club. Again, I was a young wild college kid. Fast Forward a few years and Hebrew Brantley, the artist, is now a worldwide name. Kayne and Chris Brown are just a few people who collect his work. His paintings tell the story of black kids (to me). I do kick myself every time I think about it because his work is worth thousands now. One day I will add him to my dream collection!
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What's the hottest ticket for a Thursday Night Boy's Night Uptown? Trappy Hour! It's a great underground party...where you just may meet the love of your life...or maybe just your love for the night. There are photoshoots, performances, and the best part is....You will end up with someone pouring a bottle of Tequila and or Vodka directly down your throat! These images are from last Thursday when they Threw Beyonce' a baby shower! Follow on insta @TrappyHourHarlem
Looking for bomb back up visuals to play during a function....Go to Youtube and watch Samsara. It's considered one of the most beautiful movies in the world. Trust me....It is beautiful.
Tim Maia is a Brazilian crooner with such a crystal clear voice. I stumbled across these remixes of his classic songs and I am in love!!! A good lil bop'
This is an absolute summer must have! It's a dry oil with a light floral scent. The texture is smooth and not sticky or heavy at all. The greatest part about this dry oil is that it leaves your clothes smelling like a garden of white roses even after a long hot day.
The goal for a summer weekend in the city is to look effortless with some points of interest... the art of put together dishevelment will stylishly take you from day to night. Somewhere between brunch and the hotel rooftop party you will most likely end up at you will probably want to have a light snack in one of New York's beautiful parks (Washington Square Park is one of my favorites). Since we are trying to keep it light...The perfect in-between event snack is Watermelon Salad and canned Rose'. This salad is tasty and will help you stay hydrated, while the Rose' will help you maintain that buzz. You can not beat the simplicity of this dish. It's easy but far from basic. Lets not forget about your skin! It can get pretty muggy out here but you can maintain your skins cleanliness and moisture but spritzing with my favorite facial product...Rose water.
Something beautiful for you! great song to smoke to, to love to, to vibe out to!
This little baby right here will def elevate your selfie game. In to times we live in your instagram page is just as important as your LinkedIn, so why not make it FLY? Literally. Whats next in Cell accessory tech...well you see it don't you? Selfie Drones!!
I like some subtly crazy shit. Ben Hopper has created just that. Beautiful images of calm chaos in my eyes. Simplicity that is raw and beautiful. Look at how well all the elements blend as if its existence was meant from the beginning of time. The dancers, the ash, the white space. Perfection!
I am an art lover. My favorite periods in art def have to be the Art Deco movement of the 20's and also the Italian renaissance. I can't say I love those eras because the art itself but more because where creators were mentally at the time. For me to love a piece it has to move me. A few years ago I happened upon photographs of pop culture life in Africa during the 70's. The pictures had so much life and history AND totally not in step with my mental picture of Africa. As I researched more I found the artist, Malick Sidebe, was doing something very familiar to me. Open a fashion magazine...
Mr. Sidebe is the father of modern fashion photography in my eyes. One of my biggest regrets was not saving up to purchase one of his pieces while he was still alive.
Ever since I stumbled across it I have been OBSESSED with this exquisite Pedro Friedeberg gold hand chair. It's quirky, which I love in decor, but also refined. It is sculptural and functional. Actually it puts the FUN in functional. This chair is rare, expensive AF, and totally trippy like most of, Mexican born, Friedeberg's art is.
Solomon Ray said it right....
What do you know about love? Back in the day (80's and 90's) it didn't seem like such a bad thing to be in your feelings about someone. It didn't seem like a bad thing to tell someone you love them in an eloquent, creative, and non-degrading way. I wouldn't say we lost it completely...but Black Queer love with no limitations def needs a resuscitation. This is an excerpt from a book of poetry from the 80's premised around black gay love.
Even though the stigma about marijuana is fading...the tacky paraphernalia seems to be a mainstay. Is it really hard to believe not all smokers are into tie dye and lava lamps? Where are the bongs, pipes, hookahs, for the more discerning stoner? Steamulation set out to solve that problem with its minimal and sculptural hookahs. They are beautiful to look at and I hear they smoke like a dream. I believe in collecting special things and this is def a piece for your personal archive.
First....Let's start with this insane beat!! To all the 80's and early 90's babies out there who have unbound love for Ms. Erykah Badu, you will absolutely love this song. It's been on repeat for days now!
Every now and then there comes an app that you must have...and will even pay for. Well today is that day! We all know and love the iconic internet sensation Joanne the Scammer, we have their gifs and memes probably saved in our favorites folder just waiting for a gif war to pop off. Today Joanne has scammed their way into their own app! Scamoji! This app is your one stop Joanne tech stop. And the scam (and part of the satire we like to believe) is that it cost $1.99. Brandon we love and support you!! Download it in the app store!!
I love that BEAT! Bounce music is a unique art form in that it has pretty much stayed exclusive to New Orleans. Unlike other genres of black music that have traveled and adapted into other cultures, bounce, due to copyright issues is almost a last frontier of untouched creativity in music. It's energetic and even healing when you are busting a twerk after a long day of putting up with BULLSHIT!! My favorite Bounce track is Rock Like Cree by the late Messy Mya. I love it because, like classical music, it has movements that transport you to a different place. Take a listen and search the web for more Bounce!
Harlem is one of the coolest places in New York. Form Langston to Big L, Harlem has been home to some of the world's greatest artist. The architecture, the vibe, the coolness that is Harlem is the backdrop for our latest editorial. Photographer Larry Rosalez
Homme_Boy shows us who is boss in his sheer cropped tee by Pas Le Mode