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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Design Destiny

Design Destiny: Michelle Manier Interview

Whether or not you believe it's someone's destiny to find there passion, there are some uncanny instances that are just too obvious to pass up. Take for example Michelle Manier, the nineteen year old (no, it's not a misprint, she's only 19!) President & Founder of Manier Collections. Her father Eric Manier had been designing furniture and clothing for thirty years. So Michelle was bound to take over the design empire but she's trying to take it to new heights. When I met Michelle again, we've visited her before at the launch of Design Gallery, there was cool resolve to her. She's just as bubbly as any other teenager but her calmness and maturity are on fully display when describing her ultimate desire - making an impact on the fashion world. 

Still attending college for her business degree, Michelle has sharpened her eye for style with combining her real life experiences  being of mixed heritage - Filipino and African American- and her affinity for classic looks. Her fingerprints are all over the new designs of handbags, everyday-wear, and the breathtaking couture dresses. For 2017 you will definitely see Manier Collections at Fashion Shows across the country. With a fresh perspective and outlook Michelle Manier will definitely make that dream come to fruition. 


              Michelle Manier Speaks  On Making Her Mark 
              In Fashion &  Her Personal Style 

Michelle Speaks On How Her Mixed Heritage Being Black & Filipino Influences Her Designs

                Michelle Gives Advice On Starting A Business

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Original Swagger: Naomi Campbell

Original Swagger: How Naomi Campbell Redefined Being A Supermodel 

As the first Black woman to grace the pages of French Vogue in the August 1988 issue Naomi Campbell has continued to redefine what it means to be a Supermodel. The London born beauty with Jamican roots splashed on the model scene at an early age  Naomi has been breaking barriers her entire career. like being the first Black cover girl for British Vogue, in the December 1987 issue,  since 1966. Appearing such fashion shows for Alexander McQueen and the Victoria Secret Fashion Show, Noami ushered in the era of the "Supermodel". 

Not only is she making history on the runway her charitable organizations Fashion Relief and We Love Brazil have raised millions for causes around the world. She also actively speaks out again the discrimination faced by Black models saying once,"I won't stop talking about diversity until I see improvement." She along with model Bethan Hardison and Iman created the "Diversity Coalition" and they wrote to designers of the industry imploring them include women of color in their shows. Creating new lanes for Black Supermodels, her charitable efforts, and her activism to include other women of color has made Naomi Campbell a one of a kind Icon of our generation.


Thursday, December 8, 2016

'Black Coffee' Show Premiere

'Black Coffee' Show Premiere: Creating Laughs, Blending Talent And Breaking Stereotypes
Cast & Crew of 'Black Coffee'
Known for his stand out Drake parodies on YouTube that have skyrocketed George Khouri rising star you would be pleasantly surprised that he is also a writer and director. Venturing into his first original creation George has made the innovative new comedy show Black Coffee. It centers around four hot-shot Black entrepreneurs in the D.C. area coming together to co-own a coffee shop. 

George discussed all the characters in his series as being a culmination of people he came across when he was in D.C. Interesting enough George does not have the majority of scenes yet he his standout character steals the show. He serves as a comedic touchstone in a landscape that is more true to form them its web series counterparts.  Support this new comedy that exemplifies diversity and sure to provide many laughs.

Instagram: Black Coffee Show

Facebook: Black Coffee Show  

'Black Coffee' Writer & Director George Khouri

Actors Doug P. and Norman Towns, Producer Gabe Griggs, Actors Norman McKenzie, Keith Cherry, and Joshua Triplett

Actor Norman Towns and Assistant Director Jasmine Hester

Actor Joshua Triplett and his daughter Jaidyn Triplett

Assistant Director Jasmine Hester, CEO of Young, Bold, And Regal Evan Jackson, Actress Rayven Nicole, Bisou Body CEO Fionna Wright

Q&A with the Main Cast

George Khouri On Choosing D.C. To Showcase Diversity on Black Coffee:"Let's Show The Success"

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

WOW Factor:Women of The Week- Serena Williams and “To All Incredible Women Who Strive For Excellence”

This week tennis superstar Serena Williams penned an open letter for Porter Magazine's Women of 2016 Issue where she challenged women to dream bigger and praised incredible women defying the odds. Standing up for equal pay Serena said,"When the subject of equal pay comes up, it frustrates me because I know firsthand that I, like you, have done the same work and made the same sacrifices as our male counterparts," She continues. "I would never want my daughter to be paid less than my son for the same work. Nor would you."

She also talks about the media an people not giving her due as one of the greatest athletes period.  "People call me one of the “world’s greatest female athletes,'" Also saying,"Do they say LeBron is one of the world’s best male athletes?.... We should never let this go unchallenged. We should always be judged by our achievements, not by our gender."

My favorite quote from the open letter is  where touches not only on her gender being seen as a flaw but her race. So many times Black women get a double bearing of being discriminated against or are the ones who taking the brunt of racial remarks. 

"What others marked as flaws or disadvantages about myself – my race, my gender – I embraced as fuel for my success. I never let anything or anyone define me or my potential. I controlled my future."

This open letter is an ode to women all over the world striving for excellence despite those 
  trying to stop them.

For the full open letter visit The Gaurdian website

Saturday, November 5, 2016

2016 L.A. Comic Con

2016 LA Comic Con 

As I descended upon the Metro to attend Stan Lee's Los Angeles Comic Con previous named Comikaze and dubbed LA Comic Con I thought how much awesome  cosplay I would see and fun moments I would have at this annual comic convention. So while I was respectfully nerding out a group boarded the Metro I noticed they were decked out in their favorite super hero/tv show character's attire. Then it clicked, 'Oh snap, they're going to Comic Con'.

They ended up sitting next to comedian, writer, and fellow convention goer Chris Gore. Appearing in such YouTube channels like Collider 'Hereos', he know his comics and conventions well. As they all engaged in what was featured in this year's LA Comic Con another rider on the Metro inquired about why the group was dressed up and what exactly is LA Comic Con. They all had a smirk on their face as if they were initiating a new member into the geekdom that is Comic Con. Chris Gore explained it perfectly- describing it as a super fun convention that is everything comic books, superhero movies, and people enjoying cosplaying as iconic characters in movie lore.

And that's exactly what it was, each hour at LA Comic Con brought in a slew of cosplayers in different iterations of Harley Quinn, Storm, Negan from the Walking Dead, and Storm Troopers. Plenty of families joined in on the fun as well as man was talking about how long it took to make his Judge Dredd outfit with his little baby also sporting a Judge Dredd helmet. Stan Lee's appearance kicked off the event. The day included panels discussing the psychology of superheroes, panels with comic book artists, and Luke Cage actor Michale Colter at the main stage joined again by Stan Lee.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

2016 Africa Fashion Week LA

Heaven On Earth: 2016 Africa Fashion Week Los Angeles

    Immersed in African Fashion, Black culture, and drop dead gorgeous Black women you would of thought I was in heaven. I was actually at African Fashion Week LA held at the Playground Studios in Downtown Los Angeles, California. Fellow CEO Miranda Morowa of Unexpected Magazine enamored as did I about the richness of culture we had soaked ourselves in. We both agreed this was the most lit fashion show we've ever attended.
      The night had kicked off with the DJ dropping the hottest songs out now combined with exclusive mixes that set the tone for the fashion show. Koko Nanga's collection was ornate, decorative, and true to form with African prints wonderfully worn by the models on the runway. The Tina Summers line was lush, lavish, and streamlined. A clean lineup of dresses and evening gowns. You could tell the models loved the cut of Tina Summers dresses by the way they sashayed down the runway holding back their gleeful grins while striking a signature pose. The O L U collection was pure royalty with brocade skirts and shorts with a maroon and gold themed look. Josefa DaSilva had the most risque line of the night. Model Alexis Jones is seen in a see through top - her unmentionables covered by pineapple pasties, her natural hair help up pineapple style by a sea green and pink head wrap, and a black patterned skirt. It was sexy, sophisticated, and fit right into what Josefa was saying with her collection. It's not only about the collection line it's about how you style the model's hair, the confidence in the model's walk, and the overall message the designer is trying to convey. Style speaks volumes.   
     When you mention  LA Fashion Week, Style Fashion Week LA, and Fashion Week LA please do not forget about Africa Fashion Week LA. Matter of fact put that at the top of your list when you think Los Angeles and fashion.

Koko Nanga 

Tina Summers


Josefa DaSilva





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