Archive for April, 2010

Diva Spotlight: Keri Hilson Flaunts It!

I was catching up on my Google Reader this morning and saw the new pics of Keri Hilson from her FLAUNT Mag shoot! I’m not only a fan of Ms. Hilson because we spell our first names the same way, but b/c she’s humble, beautiful, has great style, talented and is grindin’ in the music industry.  The essence of a true DIVA!

For your guys out there, here are some pics to put you in a good mood this morning!

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 You better work it MS. KERI BABY!

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Laureluxe Metal Couture & Jewerly

To call the Laureluxe collection a collection of statement pieces would be an understatement to describe this jewelry collection.  When you shop Laureluxe Metal Couture & Jewelry, you’ll not only find silver and gold necklaces, rings and earrings, you can also find dresses, hoodies and even bras.  The collection also includes leg jewelry (something I’ve never seen before).  The accessories are  described as edgy, chic metal couture designed from recycled aluminum geometric shapes.

 While most of the over-the-top pieces are not appropriate for the work place, you can definitely be bold and wear them during a night out on the town.  You’ll definitely turn heads, make a statement and you may even become the center of attention. Now who wouldn’t want that?!

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If you’re going to make a bold move and wear these pieces, be sure to wear them over a black canvas.  The jewelry speaks for itself, so adding any other color just isn’t necessary.

 To check out the entire Laureluxe collection, visit www.laureluxe.com.  They have a men’s line too lol

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Whitney Houston SIT DOWN!

The second video of Whitney performing at a UK concert has been spreading across the internet like wildfire.  Whitney Houston sounds HORRIBLE!!   And her fans didn’t appreciate paying $200 per ticket for a performance like this either!

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I remember when Whitney Houston was the princess of the 80s and early 90s! Her voice was one we hadn’t heard before.  And unfortunately she made the terrible decision to marry Bobby Brown and her career ended prematurely.

Now, like most artist of the 80s and 90s, she’s been trying to make a comeback. Well Ms. Houston, I hate to say it, but your time was up when you decided to start smoking that crack with Bobby talking about “show me the receipts” (yall know you remember that interview!).  It’s time for you to sit down!

Let us reminisce about the old Whitney Houston who had every woman trying to reach that note in “I Will Always Love You;” the Whitney who gave us ballads like “Saving All My Love For You,” All The Man That I Need” and “Where Do Broken Hearts Go.”  Let’s remember the Whitney Houston who starred in Waiting to Exhale and The Bodyguard.  Can you even imagine how many more movies we would’ve seen her in had she stayed on the right path?

Ms. Houston, don’t tarnish your musical legacy with a “comeback tour” when you haven’t made a comeback. Your performance was nowhere near the caliber of what we’re used to or expect, so save yourself the embarrassment and exit stage left!!

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T.I. New Video “I’m Back”

T.I. is back with a vengeance.  Here is his new singe “I’m Back” off his upcoming album which will be released this August.

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Plus Size Lingerie Not Sexy for ABC & Fox

From Clutch Magazine:

Plus-size retailer, Lane Bryant says ABC and Fox didn’t want to air the label’s new Cacique line of lingerie.

Lane Bryant took to their “Inside Curve” blog complaining that “ABC and Fox have made the decision to define beauty for you by denying our new, groundbreaking Cacique commercial from airing freely on their networks.”

The brand alleges ABC restricted their airtime and refused to air the spot during “Dancing with the Stars”. Although Fox News calls out ABC on it’s restrictions, Lane Bryant says Fox “demanded excessive re-edits ad rebuffed it three times before relenting to air it during the final 10 minutes of “American Idol”, but only after we (Lane Bryant) threatened to pull the ad buy.”

The retailer calls to question the racy Victoria Secret ads both networks air regularly asking “does this smack of a double standard?”

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Vivica A. Fox Has A Wig Line!

I don’t know what I can really say about this one! The infamous cougar Vivica A. Fox has fallen off in the entertainment industry so I guess she decided to create a wig line to revive her career.  I’m not even mad, cause everyone needs a hustle! lol

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Fox is releasing her very own wig line this summer called “The Vivica A. Fox Hair Collection” which will feature a full line of wigs and extensions. I’m not surprised at all…

Check out pics that were featured on The YBF. What do you think??

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6126 Fall Collection Is Here!

I know what you’re thinking, who can think about fall when Spring just arrived!! But as you know, in the fashion world, spring lines are introduced in the fall and new fall lines are introduced in the spring.

I introduced you to the 6126 Collection in February. At the time, the line focused primarily on leggings. Since that post, I was able to get my hands on the sketches of the 6126 new fall collection. I wanted to wait a few months before I introduced a new fall collection to all of you. It’s hard to get ready for fall when I’m sharing with readers what the hot new spring trends are for the season. But I’m glad I waited to post the sketches, because I was able to find real pictures of the new line and I like what I see so far!

As posted on Instyle.com, “the inspiration behind the line? The iconic Marilyn Monroe and the timeless, confident glamour she represents,” reads the lookbook’s introduction.” The fall collection features 280 pieces, ranging from $60 to $1000, offering something for everyone. These new collections will continue to be distributed and marketed to the better contemporary market segment shipping to better department stores and to the best specialty boutiques in the world. What does that mean? It means we can expect to see the line featured in stores like Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Bloomingdales and high end boutiques in LA and NYC.

Here’s a sneak peak at the new collection:

 

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Sidenote: These are some BADDDDD boots!!!

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Ciara “Ride” Feat. Ludacris

Ciara is an artist who knows what her best features are and how to flaunt them. I guess she figured out, like the rest of us, that her voice isn’t the best, so she uses her gyrating moves to grab our attention since I’m sure the release of an album is soon to follow.

The song is ok; it didn’t really hold my attention.  But I can say that her new video is motivation for all of us women to get back in the gym!!!

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Successful & Single: The State of Black Women

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What new information can Sherri Shepard (has she finally stopped talking about her ex),  Jackie Reed (she interrogated her dates on “Let’s Talk About Pep”,  writer/journalist Jimi Izrael and actor/author Hill Harper, who both always have a lot to say about black women and relationships, really give us?.  I”m sure whatever their thoughts and opinions are, I’m sure we’ve heard it all before.

 We all know the statistics. As posted on ABC News Nightline, “According to a recent Yale study, 43 percent of African-American women over the age of 16 have yet to be married, compared to only 23 percent of white women. There’s also a gap in numbers. The 2000 U.S. Census counted 1.8 million more African-American women than black men.”

Now when you look at those numbers, you can’t help but to think DAMN, the odds are against me!!  But instead of dwelling on how there aren’t any black men out there, are we doing all we can to meet eligible men that are out there?

Here is some advice for you single and successful black women out there.  And now that summer is approaching, it’s a great time to meet new people!  

1.   Since there is a shortage of good black men, let’s be more open.  That means, don’t turn down a date if he doesn’t fit your list of 99 qualities you’re looking for in a mate.

2.   Contrary to what some women think, if you’re interested, make a move.  My guy friends tell me they think it’s attractive when a woman asks them out.

3.   Let’s change our face! I know I have a habit of looking mean and unapproachable.  Change your demeanor.  You can still be an assertive, strong willed woman without looking like you’re.

4.   Search outside of the club scene.  Well first of all, if you’re in your mid twenties, you should be attending lounges and not clubs! I’m just sayin…but anyway. This means, you’ll need to find the single black men where they hang out other than Ozios and The Park on the weekend.  Try places like a sports bar or gym

Now I’m sure you’re all wondering, since I’m giving this advice, does that mean I’m in a relationship.  NOPE! I’m still single, but I am taking my own advice and look forward to having a summer filled with meeting new people icon wink Successful & Single: The State of Black Women   

Do you ladies and gents have any other suggestions on how single and successful black women can meet those eligible black bachelors??

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Keep Your Cookies

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For as long as I can remember, there’s been some older female role model in my life re-iterating to me that phrase that we’ve all heard a 1000 times.  “Who’s gonna by the cow if they can get the milk for free?” But what seems like an out-dated frame of thinking actually has some validity to it.  I know now days, especially for the 20 to 30 something’s, it’d be an easier task to get the NRA to sign anti-gun legislation than it is to withhold the cookies, especially from a dude that we’re really in to.

  But we have to.

And I’m not coming from a moral stand point – (I mean morality is cool an all) but I’m talking about not relinquishing our power when it comes to relating with men. I think over and over that’s where we go wrong. I mean really how many times have you and your girls dealt with the Houdini’s of the world. You know the ones you hit it off with, have crazy sex with and then they just vanish into thin air after a few weeks of  “dating J”. That’s because after a few rolls in the hay, what started out to be mind altering sex, really just became routine. And we all know what routine is code for –boring.

It’s a fact. Men like to keep it simple. They don’t think like we do and we have to stop convincing ourselves that they do. Men don’t always automatically fall into like with women they sleep with and I don’t believe they walk around trying to turn booty calls into relationships. It’s all about starting how you want to end up. And if you’re out there trying to find more than someone to burn up the sheets with (which in all honestly is exactly what some of us want from time to time), then you have to keep in mind one key thing. The fun for them is trying to capture the flag. If you just stand there holding the flag out for them, yea they’ll run to it, but then they’ll grab it and be ready for the next score. The longer you hold on to your flag, the more time there is for these guys to actually get to know the amazing, irresistible you, and fall for more than what’s  hiding underneath your Victoria’s Secrets…and think about this too. What kind of men are we looking for? Young, successful and driven men, right? Men who have dreams and goals and go out on mission to reach those aspirations right? So what makes you think a man like that is going to want anything less than a challenge when he’s looking for a woman? If you don’t think that’s true, you’re playing yourself.

Now I’m not recommending that you play games. That’s not what this whole thing is about, because in all honesty, playing games leads to far more trouble than it ever does good. I’m just saying, take your time with it. Allow him to actually work for the platinum, and once you’ve developed a little something between the two of you it may just be a little bit harder for him to bounce to the next booty. Give it try, you may just surprise yourself.

~~By Guest Blogger, LB!

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