• Asian,  Austin,  London,  Los Angeles,  New York,  Toronto,  WorldWide

    New Product Alert: Coconut & Moringa Oils Curl Refresher Mist

    MCJW_BLUE_REFRESHERMIST_1240px-557x1240As a shine-boosting refresher spray, Madam C.J. Walker Beauty Culture Coconut & Moringa Oils Curl Refresher Mist is like an instant espresso shot for tired curls. With each spritz, flat waves and spirals spring back to shape, creating a recharged style for second day hair and beyond.
    In between washes, dry hair may need a boost of moisture to maintain a smooth, silky style. Madam C.J. Walker Beauty Culture Coconut & Moringa Oils Curl Refresher Mist accomplishes this with the highest quality natural ingredients – including first-to-market dual oil encapsulations – and performance-driven innovation. This Dual Encapsulation Technology ensures a frizz-free finish as tiny microspheres deliver moisturizing coconut oil and humidity-blocking moringa oil right where hair needs it most.
     Coconut oil, a fast-absorbing, nutrient-rich miracle oil, will deeply penetrate to support hair’s natural protein structure and revitalize. Moringa oil, rich in vitamin B5, will help to improve manageability while providing a protective barrier that blocks humidity. Together, these time-release actives help control frizz and extend the life of your style with a brilliant shine that is never greasy or heavy. Paraben, Sulfate, and Phthalate Free.
    Price: $26.00 exclusively at Sephora and Sephora.com
    Suggested Usage: Spray evenly throughout hair to infuse moisture. Then, use fingers to reshape waves and curls.
    Ingredient Highlights:
    • Coconut Oil: Adds luster, shine, and softness to the hair; helps prevent hair breakage and split ends.
    • Moringa Oil: Delivers rejuvenating vitamins and minerals to the follicles of the hair.
    • Sunflower Seed Oil: Adds moisture and shine without being heavy or greasy.
    • Panthenol (Provitamin B5): Blocks moisture and keeps hair shiny.
  • Austin,  London,  Los Angeles,  New York,  Toronto,  WorldWide

    When Life Gives You Lemons….

    If you’ve ever had a doubt about Beyonce’s artistic ability and position in the music industry, #LEMONADE is here to help. Tonight, Beyonce released her highly anticipated HBO Special Lemonade and she didn’t disappoint. This full on experience takes us through some of her most intimate moments, something that we aren’t use to seeing. With the use of powerful spoken word and dark vivid visuals she illustrates a story. A story that many, including myself, can relate to. Life gave her lemons, and she served us the best lemonade I’ve ever tasted. She is unapologetic about being a proud black women who goes through different emotions just like the rest of us. She shows us the silver lining between vulnerability  and power and the fine line between love and hate all at the same damn time. This is more than just an album and HBO special, it is a celebration of her culture, love, and women all around the world. Throughout the years Beyonce has served as inspiration for myself and many others, and this art piece was nothing short of that. Safe to say, there are no passengers on her plane. Congratulations Beyonce, you have done it again.

    Let us not forget to mention her choice of wardrobe throughout the entire special (I am a fashion student after all). Below are some of my favorite moments from Queen Bey’s #LEMONADE!

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    Be sure to take a listen and watch her visual album streaming exclusively on Tidal!

  • Asian,  Austin,  Bitty,  Las Vegas,  London,  Los Angeles,  My Dog Jacob,  New York,  Toronto,  WorldWide

    NYFW Round Up- Claudia Li and Rubin Singer

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    For fall/winter 2016, Claudia Li wanted to express self-preservation: the idea of preserving oneself after an emotional and mental destruction; the collection embraces the period right after. The process of recovering and the past seemingly becoming an illusion is shown through wrapped silhouettes, origami knots, panels and layers of fabrics.
    Vegan leather is introduced in tops, culottes, skirts and appliques on cotton pullovers. novelty yarns, cashmere wools and layered sheer fabrics enhance the collection. Denim continues to play an important role in knotting details, yarn sleeved jackets and bandeau tops. leather accessories are re-introduced in the fall/winter 2016 collection with clutches and multi-purpose arm bands.

     

    Rubin Singer

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    Rubin Singer’s fall / winter 2016 collection began with an exploration of his intentions as a designer. Staying true to his core image of architectural femininity, Singer delves into new categories, new shapes, and new fabrics for the new season. Unique in his approach to designing, Singer starts with an inspiration, such as the mathematical formulation “Homomorphism” (that any given formula ends up in the same place no matter how many times you change it), which is the hallmark for the fall / winter 2016 season, and then moves to fabrics – textures & colors – and from there the shape and pattern of his creations are revealed.

    This collection, which debuts knitwear and more ready-to-wear separates, is a continuation of Singer’s spring / summer 2016 mathematical inspiration “vector.” Late 60’s and early 70’s undertones echo throughout the collection in the form of separates, day dresses, and dramatic evening gowns.  Multi directional silk chiffon dresses, glass embroidered eveningwear, and duchess satin jackets continue to show Rubin’s technical use of classic fabrics. Touches of Indian lamb, python, and velvet add to the sophistication and drama seen in a Rubin Singer collection, and geometric shapes and silhouettes convey the overall season inspiration.

     

  • New York,  WorldWide

    Taking it Uptown: Art for Change

    On Friday I took the hike uptown to East Harlem for the Art for Change “Noche Clandestina.” Tucked away in an unassuming basement gallery, the night was full of art, spoken word, and a special burlesque performance by Brown Girl’s Burlesque.

    Art for Change encourages the advancement of progressive social change by using art as a catalyst for disseminating information to people.

    Artists used various mediums to convey experiences, struggles and aspirations, inspiring people to consider, with a questioning eye, their ways of life, their environment, their roles, how various systems work, and ways to improve their lives and environment.

    For more event and gallery schedule: www.artforchange.org

    Beginning of the burlesque show

    Art for Change Executive Director: Harry Jean-Pierre

    kisses, Olisa

  • WorldWide

    “Secrets of a Black Boy” by Darren Anthony

    Last week I saw the entertaining and thought-provoking reading of Secrets of a Black Boy, by Canadian writer, Darren Anthony and directed by Kehinde Koyejo–part of a 4-day mini-festival fundraiser, “New Voices in Theater,” by Brooklyn’s ActNow Foundation.

     

    The play focuses on a group of five young, black men whose bond is the rec center they frequented growing up, which is slated to be demolished in order to make way for a new high-rise condo.  The rec center is one of only a few buildings from their familiar neighborhood still standing as gentrification sweeps through.  As a New Yorker (I’ve been here 5 years, so I earned the right, no?), it is easy to relate to this double-edged phenomenon.

     

    The men recount experiences of the past and present, from sex to interracial dating, to untimely death and struggles.  One moment I was laughing and the next I found myself engrossed in a heart-wrenching monologue.  What I really liked about this piece is that it was so easily relatable.  Even if you don’t share any of the characters’ experiences firsthand, their raw and matter-of-fact accounts sure do make you think!  Whether you’re from the suburbs or the city, from the U.S. or Canada, and regardless of your ethnicity, you can relate to the vulnerability shown by the characters and their nostalgic reminiscences.





    Last week I saw the entertaining and thought-provoking reading of Secrets of a Black Boy, by Canadian writer, Darren Anthony and directed by Kehinde Koyejo–part of a 4-day mini-festival fundraiser, “New Voices in Theater,” by Brooklyn’s ActNow Foundation.

     

    The play focuses on a group of five young, black men whose bond is the rec center they frequented growing up, which is slated to be demolished in order to make way for a new high-rise condo.  The rec center is one of only a few buildings from their familiar neighborhood still standing as gentrification sweeps through.  As a New Yorker (I’ve been here 5 years, so I earned the right, no?), it is easy to relate to this double-edged phenomenon.

     

    The men recount experiences of the past and present, from sex to interracial dating, to untimely death and struggles.  One moment I was laughing and the next I found myself engrossed in a heart-wrenching monologue.  What I really liked about this piece is that it was so easily relatable.  Even if you don’t share any of the characters’ experiences firsthand, their raw and matter-of-fact accounts sure do make you think!  Whether you’re from the suburbs or the city, from the U.S. or Canada, and regardless of your ethnicity, you can relate to the vulnerability shown by the characters and their nostalgic reminiscences.

     

     

    Writer Darren Anthony

     

    Aaron Ingram of ActNow and Director, Kehinde Koyejo

     

    For more information visit: www.secretsofablackboy.com and actnowproduction.org

     

    kisses, Olisa
  • Toronto

    The Prospects

    The relationship between HDY and What’sGoodToronto.com has always been one of mutual love and support that’s why I am so excited to share the next event with all of our HDY readers!

    The bowys of WhatsGoodToronto are about to launch their first of many concert/contest series called… The Prospects! Teaming up with Black Leaf clothing, DC Music and The Prospects Media group tomorrow night will bring out some of Toronto’s freshest MC’s!

    Come support your city, Toronto… all of the info below! #xoxo

    WhatsGoodToronto.com