Music Week: Hip Hop Obsession in Japan

Today, I was so ready to insert  a Throwback Thursday musical tribute.  But out popped this video…oh this video.  I’ll let you watch then give my opinion.

 

Black Lifestyle!!!

Initially, I couldn’t help but laugh out loud.  Then, I didn’t know what to feel.  Should I be flattered?  Should I stage an intervention for the B-Gyaru girls (j/k)?  Is this stereotype insulting?  Finally, I had to say, “whatever makes you happy…”  They’re following a trend, as many of us do and some of them wear it well.  I don’t find it insulting.  Hip Hop/R&B are widely known genres of music and in some countries, stand as the only perception its inhabitants have of Black culture.  Apart from that, one short video is never enough to formulate an educated opinion on any subject.  I would love to hear from anyone that has more first-hand knowledge of the ‘Black/B-Gyaru Lifestyle’.  Please comment if you do!  Thanks 🙂

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Music Week: Emeli Sandé

Emeli Sandé

Music on my mind all the time.  When I hear my favorite song, it’s like a gold mine.  Hahaha!  I might need to copyright those lines.  That was my lyrical attempt during this week of rhyming, melody, and sweet sounds.  Emeli Sandé does it a little better than me.  My li-le (little) Brit has been an obsession for about a year.  Her first single, Heaven, debuted in August of 2011 and her album, Our Version of Events, subsequently rose to number one in the UK.  Sandé continues to gain positive responses from other musicians and music-lovers all over.  She officially won me over when I heard her cover of Coldplay’s Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall.  Please listen if you haven’t already and fall in love!

Eye Candy Week: Who’s the Boss?

The CEO’s, Founders, Co-Founders.  Just true bosses, all of ’em.

Scottish founder of mashable.com, Pete Cashmore

ECB Pete CashmoreSean Combs, founder of Bad Boy Records, Sean John clothing, Ciroc etc…

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From Japan, Kazuo Hirai, President & CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment.

 ECB Kazuo Hirai

Nicholas Woodman, founder of GoPro cameras.

ECB Nicholas Woodman

Louis Moore Bacon, founder of Moore Capital Managment

ECB Louis Moore Bacon

Chief Creative Officer & CEO of Doner, Rob Strasberg

ECB Rob Strasberg

Founder of Napster, President of Facebook, Co-Founder of Airtime, etc., Sean Parker

ECB Sean Parker

THEEEEE BOSS, Commander-in-Chief, President Barack Obama

ECB Mr. President

Eye Candy Week: Actors’ Corner

Lights, camera, action!

Idris Elba

Idris Elba

Vasiliy Stepanov

Vasiliy Stepanov

Adam Rodirguez

Adam Rodirguez

Chris Evans

Chris Evans

Gael Garcia Bernal

Gael Garcia Bernal

Jamie Foxx

Jamie Foxx

Tolgahan Sayışman

Michael Ealy

Michael Ealy

 

Kerem Cem

Kerem Cem

Ocean’s 3

 

I do not own the rights to any of these photos.

Eye Candy Week: Futbolistas

We could all use a week of frivolous eye candy!  To start, here are some from the soccer field.  Bon appetit 😉

Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo

David Beckham

David Beckham

Armand Traore & Moussa Sow

Armand Traore & Moussa Sow

Ezequiel Iván Lavezzi

Ezequiel Iván Lavezzi

Eye Candy Fabio

Hulk

Hulk

Itay Shechter

Itay Shechter

I do not own the rights to any photos.

Lipstick Movement: Tory Burch

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     Born and raised in the greater Philadelphia area, Tory Burch is not only a trendsetter, but a mother, philanthropist and great entrepreneur.  Despite not having formal training in fashion, she launched a now widely successful apparel and accessories line in 2004.  As of this past January, Burch’s company grew to 83 stores nationwide! Department stores including, but certainly not limited to, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue and Bergdorf Goodman caught onto her classic style and became key distributors.

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     It’s safe to say you’re a trailblazer when you are endorsed on The Oprah Winfrey Show, as Tory Burch was in April 2005, just one year after introducing her brand to the world.  To date, she has also received numerous fashion awards, including the 2007 Brand Launch Award and the 2008 CFDA Accessories Designer of the Year Award.  Financially, she seems to be doing pretty well too.  Forbes estimates that she is now a billionaire.

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     Burch is equally committed to fashion as she is to helping others achieve their goals.  In 2008, she partnered with ACCION USA, an organization that helps low-income entrepreneurs, and launched The Tory Burch Foundation, providing economic opportunities for women and their families.  Oh and let’s not forget she is the mother of three sons. Whew!
All in all, Tory Burch is doing her thing!  Lipstick love from us to you!!
“Work hard, think long-term, and be patient.” – T.B.
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Throwback Thursday: Audrey Hepburn

Humble.  Angelic.  BeautifulSelfless.  Woman.  Belgium-born actress, Audrey Hepburn, stands out in the Lipstick Movement lineage.  Her words and elegance are timeless.

For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only  words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never  alone.”

I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe  in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be  going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that  tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.”

“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!”

“The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mode but the true beauty in a woman is  reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives the passion that  she shows. The beauty of a woman grows with the passing years.”

“As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping  yourself, the other for helping others.”

“I heard a definition once: Happiness is health and a short memory! I wish I’d  invented it, because it is very true.”

A.H.

Lipstick Movement: Style Network’s Salaam Coleman Smith

        In an industry that tends to follow set trends, Salaam Coleman Smith, President of Style Network, is establishing her own media paradigm.  Responsible for rebranding the network, she has created a station that embraces diversity, real women and an unquenchable thirst for all facets of style.  Within six years of her as chief, Style Network reached its highest viewership and is now a global brand, having channels in Australia and the UK.

        Although Coleman Smith studied engineering, she only spent one year in that field, then jetted to chase her passion in entertainment.  Determination will forever be key in one’s pursuit of fulfillment.  I respect all professionals that take a leap of faith and discover their personal legend.  Along the way, she has also worked with various charities and and non-profit organizations.  She’s a global woman doing it all and doing in style.  Work!

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Photo credit: Glamour.com, Style Network