Curlfest 2017 ~~ Prospect Park –Brooklyn NY


 

Curlfest 2017 ~~ Prospect Park –Brooklyn NY

 

A Celebration of Black Women. Black Culture and Black Hair in all its Glorious Forms and Textures!!

Black Girls Rock!

Sisters and Brothers, Welcome to Radio Station W.E.B.B.

We Enjoy Being Black!

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Ladies and some Gentlemen from across the Diaspora to Celebrate the Beauty and Intelligence of Black Women.  Representing Africa, America, and the Caribbean. A salute to All Shades of Black and All African textures! We gathered once again in Prospect Park located in Brooklyn, New York not only to dance and get our groove on but to support Black business and Black Entrepreneurs.

Here are some Highlights from today’s event!!  ❤

 

 

 

Spike Lee was in the House!!

 

Fun in the Sun!!

 

 

On the Way there!!

 

Arrival and Let the Fun Begin!!  Wobble Baby! Wobble Baby!! Wobble Baby!  Wobble!!

 

 

Flexin’ In Her Complexion


KHERIS

Ten Year Old Girl Bullied by Teacher and students because of her Dark Complexion.

https://www.flexininmycomplexion.com/

 

 

To All My Readers of African Descent Please Support this ten year old entrepreneur! Also to all my subscribers of Color I know that many of you can relate.  It is sad to see that Colorism is still going on in 2017. I had hoped those negatives would have been left behind because as a Dark-Skinned Woman who was a bullied dark-skinned little girl I know exactly how little Kheris felt. It was years even with my Dad’s support that I was able to accept and glory in all those God Given Melanin.  Now that I’m almost 60 I realize the truth of the statement, “Black Don’t Crack.”  No wrinkles. Very few lines.

I am also very Thankful for Lupita Nyong’o.  Dark Skin Ladies Let’s Celebrate our our Skin color and encourage our daughters and sons who face rejection.

Black is Beautiful. As my Dad used to tell me when the kids on the playground made fun of my dark skin, “The Blacker the Berry the Sweeter the Juice. If the berry too light it has no use.”

Kehris you are our 10 Year old African Goddess!!  ❤  We are Melaninated Queens and Goddesses!!

Lupita Nyong’o

 

DeBorah Teen Angel

School Days
Me. Easter 1964

Me in 1961
1961- A Very Good Year

 

Sartorial Splendor


 

 

What’s my Style?

http://www.jtouchofstyle.com/

Friday Fun: Fashion and Shopping

Sartorial Splendor

Classy with a hint of Sassy!!

I was always a bit of a clothes horse. Looking good means a lot to me. Now I no longer have the chance to dress up as I did when I was young I still like to express my fashion sense when the opportunity arises.  I’m not hitting the club anymore, dating or even hanging out with my girls because #1 I’m older and #2 my job is not conducive to socializing.  As a museum guard I wear a non-descript ugly blue uniform that fits poorly and has me looking like a poor man’s Charlie Chaplin. Basically the uniforms are to make us visable to the public when they need assistance and the rest of the time fade into the background. Most visitors to the museum have no idea that most of the guards are visual artists, painters, sculptors, film-makers, musicians and photographers. Why are we museum guards because we can’t make a living with with our dreams and passions, we need to pay our bills and we need health and dental insurance.  Therefore when I get off work and change into my street clothes I go from being a nobody back to me, a human being.  Many of my guard co-workers express ourselves through our clothing, tattoos, piercings projecting an artistic vibe. Then we are on display as the creative human beings we really are.  Hopefully during my vacation in May some of my museum guard buddies will allow me to share their sartorial expressions. Will let you know if that happens.

 

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2002 Marymount Manhattan College Graduation photo @ Age 42

Don’t Mess with the Lioness!!  Africa meets India.

 

 

Majical Mystical Poetry Goddess

My Lumpy phase. As you can see I was growing out of the dress.


As a photographer I wanted to honor this photographer and artist who passed away. His specialty portraits, mine Urban or Street photography.  He also speaks about the influence of fashion in his artworks.

Roaming Urban Gypsy:  https://roamingurbangypsy.com/

Painter Barkley L. Hendricks Dies at 72

The artist, best known for his bold portraits of Black people, passed away early this morning.

 

https://hyperallergic.com/373045/painter-barkley-l-hendricks-dies-at-72/?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Painter%20Barkley%20L%20Hendricks%20Dies%20at%2072&utm_content=Painter%20Barkley%20L%20Hendricks%20Dies%20at%2072+CID_1b93ad54592e7bfbde802ea51e77e67a&utm_source=HyperallergicNewsletter&utm_term=Painter%20Barkley%20L%20Hendricks%20Dies%20at%2072

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fashionista Forward!!


Curlfest Prospect Park Brooklyn 2016

Kudos to my blogging buddy whose post on clothing inspired my post!!  She is a breath of fresh air!!  Way to go    Madelyn Griffith-Haynie!!!  Hands Clapping!! Two Thumbs Up!!

Check it out:  https://addandsomuchmore.com/2017/04/17/clothes-brain-change/

Ladies and Gents this is just the appetizer!!

More Sartorial Splendor to come!!

Introduction

Great minds think alike. When I was younger I was a real Fashionista as the saying goes. Of course when I was a little girl my Dad would take me shopping in Macy’s and basically he picked out all my clothes. Fortunately Daddy had good taste. I also picked up my sense of style from my mother and my paternal aunts. I idealized my late great Aunt Thelma a great deal. She would take me shopping to Syms and other downtown lower Manhattan stores back in the 70s. Aunt Thelma was a Fashion forward Lady. There was a running joke in our house that I had to get dressed up to take the garbage out!! LOL!!

Then in my 20s obviously I was picking out my own clothes and my favorite color was Black. In fact nearly everything in my wardrobe was Black and I had what looked like a million pairs of shoes!! My Dad asked me if I was practicing to be a Ninja and felt I was a follower of Imelda Marcos who was famous for all her pairs of shoes.

I also tended to be Matchy-matchy in my 20s & 30s perhaps a little into my 40s I suppose because at that time I was a manager at a Non-profit and I wanted to look professional. I did spice things up when I went out with my friends. Now as I make my way through my 50s getting dangerously close to 60 I’m all for the bright colors, patterns, loose fitting (my tummy is no longer flat), African, American-Indian jewelry, Clothing made in India. The clothing cannot be too loose or too big as I’m petite and I believe a Woman should wear her clothing. The clothes should not be wearing her. I’ve seen the now grown up Full House twins at museum special events and they are really small petite ladies and they looked like they were being swallowed up in their outfits.

I’m no longer afraid to mix what most people would call opposing patterns for an eclectic look. I’ve received many compliments from co-workers and friends on my outfits. Spring, summer and fall are my favorite seasons because I can really cut loose with outfits and I’m Thankful to the WWW/Web because I can get so many new and interesting ideas for what looks best on me.

I’m even doing a little more experimenting with make-up. I was never really big on make-up even when I was young, but adding a little color to my face to avoid looking washed out.  And of course there is the Manic Panic Red Hair!! Yes Always the RED HAIR!

 ♡ ☆ Fabulous Fifties


As you can see Purple is one of my favorite colors! ♡ ☆ 

 In these two photos taken at a friends birthday party I’m rocking the Royal Purple! ♡ ☆ 

I kinda look like on of those Bratz dolls. You know. A great big head and a little bitty body!!

 

Cannot forget or leave out my brother Stephen Palmer who is the most Amazing Awesome Autism Guy on the planet!!

Here you can see Stylin’ and Profiling!!  A mixture of Frank Sinatra, John Shaft, and Joe Cool!!  My brother Stephen is the Birth of the Cool!!

Ode to My African Goddess


 

 

 

Oh Goddess of WonderS

Orisha Oshun

My Sovereign Lady

Mother Goddess first in Line Birthing All Others

Whose Arrival in Our Lives signals New Seasons of

Nuturing Grace

Revealing Your Presence through budding flowers and Mother Natures Sweet Blooms

In You Comes Our Reason for Being

The Goddess Plan

Returning to My Yoruba Soul Roots

We take Our Desired Place within New Seasons

Goddess of the Sweet Waters Verdant Forests and

Abundant Gardens

May Your Anointing Rule in Our Lives

Praise to the Goddess

I am Leaves

I am Roots

I am Sun

I am Sky

I am TreeS

Mother Africa is Calling Me Her Displaced Child to Return Home

Ibeyi – River

 

 

 

No Apologies


 

Rant

At my age I’ve earned the right to speak out to speak my mind. I’m not particularly concerned about losing or gaining subscribers/followers. Nor am I trying to appease white folks.

Mostly I write this blog for me. If people like it. Good. If they don’t well they can go somewhere else.  If you feel I’m that “Angry Black Woman” or that Black Woman with an Attitude then feel Free to go somewhere else. Find somebody more in line with your fantasy thinking.

Those who decide to Follow it’s all good. If they leave that’s good too. I stopped looking for affirmation or validation from people a long time ago and I never sought it from white people. I can be brutally blunt and Following/Subscribing to Blogs is like watching TV shows. If you don’t like what you read then turn it off. I’ve got a very thick skin.

My comments describe the Collective Thought process of many whites not particular individuals. In my nearly 60 years of living 99% of the stupid things said to me come from white Americans. Some people want or accuse me of painting with a wide brush well if the shoe fits wear it. I’m a Rebel with a Cause!! Black Power Salute!!

No apologies. Don’t really care what other people think of me because like I said I don’t need the affirmation. Now you don’t have to agree with me and I don’t expect most white Americans to agree with me because we are living in two different worlds.  To me your world is filled with Fairy Tales but Fairy tales don’t have any people who look like me.

Pretty much I have a Fuck You Attitude towards the ruling class. I have No faith in the racist American system nor do I expect things to get better. Pretty much they’ve steadily been getting worse and as for the Joker in the “White House.”  I did not vote for him. Nor did probably most African-Americans. We are only approximately 12% of the population. Therefore you know why Mr. Asshole is in there.

Yup! I’m unapologetically Black and don’t care who knows it! I Own my Race and my views! I don’t make nice!

If you feel Offended Feel Free to Leave because if you’ve looking for an apology you won’t get one from me. No sympathy nor any understanding.  Middle Finger Up!! By the way I’m not going to argue with you or answer any foolish idiotic comments. They will be read and deleted. I encounter enough dumbfuckery from the workplace.

Drops mike. Leaves Room.

Share Your World – 2016 Week 51 – Favorite Holiday Edition


 

Share Your World – 2016 Week 51 – Favorite Holiday Edition

Share Your World – 2016 Week 51 – Favorite Holiday Edition

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What is your favorite holiday?

Halloween. But during this season I choose Kwanzaa which is an African-American Cultural Holiday celebrating Black culture and Unity. Actually it can be observed by All persons of African Descent. Kwanzaa enables me to return and honor the traditions of my African Ancestors.

Official Definition

Kwan·zaa
ˈkwänzə/
noun

NORTH AMERICAN
  1. a secular festival observed by many African Americans from December 26 to January 1 as a celebration of their cultural heritage and traditional values.

What types of food is associated with your holiday?

Unfortunately since I’m always at work I don’t do any cooking nor do I get to attend the Kwanzaa celebrations I’m invited to.  However I do have some African garb which I plan to wear and I will post sometime between December 26th and Jan. 1st.

http://www.officialkwanzaawebsite.org/index.shtml

Do you travel for your holiday?

No. It’s not necessary.

Is it a religious or spiritual holiday?

It does have spiritual aspects but it can be celebrated by African-Americans of all faiths and belief systems. It is a way for Black people to celebrate Our African Heritage! Celebrating Family, Community and Culture.  Kwanzaa means First Fruits!!

http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/kwanzaa-history

  • The Nguzo Saba of the seven days of Kwanzaa:
  • Day 1. Umoja means unity.
  • Day 2. Kujichagulia means self-determination.
  • Day 3. Ujima means working together.
  • Day 4. Ujamaa means supporting each other.
  • Day 5. Nia means purpose.
  • Day 6. Kuumba means creativity.
  • Day 7. Imani means faith, especially faith in ourselves.

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Is there a gift exchange?

No. Kwanzaa does not focus or greed or gift giving. It is all about Black Unity!! Umoja!!

How long does the celebration last?

Seven days.

 

 

 

 

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? 

The job is going well. People like me and I’m accepted at my workplace. Looking forward to Kwanzaa!!  May the Seven 7 Principles Live Strong and Proud in All Peoples of African Descent!!  Ase!!