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Sunday, September 25, 2016

It's Freeing To Simply Just Be.


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Let me describe us as women. As women and women of culture at that; we are vivacious, adventurous, creative, and liberated souls. We are the cream of the crop, inspired by the winds that blow, free to come and go and move as we please. As women we are looked at in a way that can’t be interpreted with words alone. We inspire different beings, arts, and genera. Being a women of culture symbolizes strength and freedom and this, this sense of womanhood has allowed us to just be.


Sunday, September 18, 2016

Dear College Freshmen: 7 Tips for a Successful School Year



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Dear College Freshmen,

Congrats on making it through four years of high school in order to get to graduation—you guys are the true MVPs. All your nights of studying for SATs, cramming for a perfect score on the ACTs or even understanding what information to omit from your index card have paid off. However, don’t get too excited for this is only the beginning. You still have another 4, 5 or even 6 years of college ahead of you.

Monday, September 12, 2016

"Let Me Tell You About Why Black Girls / Women Are So Angry" -Solange Knowles



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 My thoughts on Solange 's thread on her experience at a concert. 

I read this live, as Solange tweeted this and got so angry! The many times I'm been in white spaces treated poorly cause the people in the environment are shitty THEN when I react I'm this angry Black woman acting ghetto.

Now, we've seen Solange put in work on an elevator so we know exactly how she serves it, but we also know that in the end, she would've been slandered in the headlines, not those rude ass lime throwers who for some reason didn't care that Solange was at a CONCERT, doing what concert doers do, and also with her child. Are you really that shitty?

The Thrift Splurge- Ms. Vixen Fundraiser


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So it's happening again! Im having another thrift swap, and this time around I'm giving some back story. My first thrift swap event was actually a rent party, I was unemployed for about a year living off my writting and I happened to have more month than money a few times, plus a whole lot of pride. I needed to do something so I wouldn't get evicted, the business for my thrift store was slow as hell and I needed a quick way to make a lump some of money, I threw a thrift swap, and suprisingly lots of people came, and with the help from my mom, my freind best friend Terrance and the money from the swap I avoided eviction. I am forever greatful for everyone that came, and helped me through a very trying time, without even knowing it. 


Friday, September 2, 2016

It's Never "Just Braids":Braids and it's Cultural Impact in Art and Culture



Above All. 2016

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Regardless of you specific background in the Black diaspora, braids and the ritual of getting them done is a common thread we all have. A cultural marker that has been embraced and passed on as a beauty standard among us regardless of European influence or beauty standards. Black hair adds another layer on race, and how we are treated. 


Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Watch: Beauty Journalist Pepper B. Shares Her World


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In our last interview with makeup artist and beauty journalist Pepper B. Allow Her to Reintroduce Herself: Meet Pepper. B,  we asked her what's next. She replied with "I have project coming that I want to leave for excitement. You can't give away all your magic :)" 

We'll she recently gave us a video update, sharing her beauty inspirations, a break down of her website MeetPepperB.com, and information on who she's been interviewing.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

When Words Do Hurt: Can We Please Leave Gabby Douglas Alone?

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One of my favorite things about the Olympics is seeing the plethora of talent, commodity and of course, the uniforms from each respective team. In addition, it is cool to see an entire stadium filled with fans roaring with excitement and glee for their favorite athlete(s). However, recently I noticed that Gabby Douglas has become the latest victim of harsh criticism and Internet trolls. Did we forget that Olympians are people too?

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Women at Work: Day in the Life of Creator of the Lost Queens Jewlery Line, Eboni Merriman



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Name: Eboni Merriman
Title: Founder of Lost Queens
Location: NYC/ RVA
Age: 24

Known as a unique boutique that features body jewelry, bangles, septum clips, statement necklaces and more, Lost Queens brings out the inner goddess in everyone that wears their pieces. Although they officially launched in 2014, Lost Queens has amassed quite a following—both on and off the web. Read on to know more about the woman behind this amazing brand!

    
Eboni Merriman
 One day, Eboni Merriman and her friends were discussing media representation and how so much pressure is placed on women to be the “right” kind of woman. Minutes later, Merriman took to her blog and began lamenting on exactly how she felt about such pressing issue(s). “I wanted to stop complaining and defending myself as a woman but instead create a safe space for us, a movement to celebrate all aspects of ourselves,” she said.


   
 Lost Queens was officially birthed in 2014 and Merriman knows the challenges of owning, operating and running her own business.

“There are so many moving parts with owning your own business, so many variables. At any given moment, I have to cater to customer inquiries/issues, pack orders, order inventory, run the social media, answer press and stylists requests; all while trying to grow the business,” she said.


The Body Shop


Between all the things she has to do for her business and personal life, Merriman is constantly super busy; finding a sense of balance is a real challenge for her. Despite her success thus far, one would be surprised that Merriman actually doesn’t have any formal business experience—so everything is trial and error. “Being taken seriously is a real challenge. People sometimes feel like I have all the time in the world or that I just don’t have a job,” she said.
     
Before Lost Queens, Merriman’s entrepreneur spirit started when she was 16-years-old. She created a company called “Innocent Beauty Collections,” but it reluctantly was not successful. But despite this initial failure, Merriman was able to learn something important through it all. “I hate that I was afraid to really do it, that I talked myself out of it and let my brain convince me that no one would support or that I didn’t have talent,” she said. 


Fast forward and Merriman still imagines what her brand would have evolved to if she kept working on it. However, her biggest take away is this: “Keep working even if you are fearful, inexperienced or don’t have a large network. Build it and they will come,” she said. If you’ve ever seen any Lost Queens items, you would notice that each is different from the one before. Another thing that makes Lost Queens so special is that Merriman sources inventory herself and it’s a very personal yet thought out process. 

“The pieces to me are secondary to the woman wearing them. What will make you feel good? Catch light in the sung to cast a glow on your skin? Make you take a second look in the mirror as you pass by or pull out your camera for selfies? It’s about the experience and what really speaks to me at the time and not about trends,” she said. 
   
The other special thing about Lost Queens is that each piece is named after a notable Black woman while 10% of proceeds go back into the community for tuition assistance, activism, domestic violence and more. According to Anxiety and Depression Association of America, depression affects approximately 14.8 million American adults, or about 6.7 percent of the U.S. population age 18 and older in a given year. Depression is something that Merriman lives with and boldly faces. Sometimes talks of mental health within the black community goes unnoticed; but Merriman believes that there are a few things people can do protect their mental health. 

Create a safe space for yourself. I throw myself into my work when my mind starts to turn against me. Have a support system, at least one person you can be completely honest with,”  “I’m still struggling with figuring it all out for myself but understand that it is necessary to get the professional help needed,”



Merriman believes that mental health goes unnoticed for a variety of reasons but the one that stands out the most is its effects on Black women. 

“A lot of times Black women are taught to be strong, so we hide our pain and sweep it under the rug. We’re not always knowledgeable about mental health and brush it off. We’re told to pray and not really seek a doctor’s help,”

   
 Surrounding mental health, there seems to be a stigma placed on people who suffer from it. For Merriman, more education and understanding surrounding mental health needs to take place. “When you know better, you tend to do better,” she said. She also wants people to remember to take care of themselves first and foremost. 

"You can’t serve others if you don’t first serve yourself. Do your personal best, but don’t beat yourself up if you don’t get EVERYTHING done,” she said. “Empires aren’t built overnight. Don’t let your mind talk you out of opportunities or make you feel that you have no support. Just do the work and trust the process,”

   
Eboni Merriman is paving the way for future goddesses. She may be twenty-four but her age doesn’t predicate her capabilities for sure. To shop Lost Queens, visit here.

Words she lives by:

Dreams don’t work unless you do. 

















By: Ajea Nicole

Ajea Nicole is a 20 something from Boston, MA who craves anything style related. Though her love of style originated from scouring her mom’s closet, she often gleans style inspiration from Solange and June Ambrose. When she is not catching up on Project Runway, she can be found working out at the gym, reading a good book or
somewhere in a sushi restaurant.

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Twitter: @ajeanicole
Instagram: @ajeanicole

















Saturday, August 20, 2016

How Daily Positive Mantras Can Change Your Life

Every morning I try to affirm something positive affirmation to start my day. I notice that these mantra, or affirmations keep me in a great head space even when my day isn't too great. Although I love the idea of a new affirmation daily, there are many times I can't think of any, Because  I am new to this process.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Blacked Owned Hair Care Brands You Need To Know!

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Huffington Post Writes: The Black haircare industry is grossly underestimated, and knowingly so. Market research firm Mintel estimated the size of the 2012 market at $684 million, with a projection of $761 million by 2017. But Mintel also wisely notes:

What’s missing from these figures are general market brands, weaves, extensions, wigs, independent beauty supply stores, distributors, e-commerce, styling tools and appliances. If all of those things were to be taken into consideration, the $684 million in expenditures could reach a whopping half trillion dollars.

With such a large amount of money Black women spend in the hair industry we decided to put together a list of Black owned  hair industry businesses. They're out there so lets support them!


Want natural textured clip ins, try Big Chop Hair


Image of Kinky Curl Clip Ins



Heat Free Hair is the number on company for 100% virgin hair extension designed to perfectly match our natural kinks and coils






High quality hair extensions that look like your real hair, Kinky Curly Yaki

Vivian Kaye of KinkyCurlyYaki









They have everything, from bundle deals to eye lashes!

Coda Hair


CODA Hair Zanzibar Body Wave





These sisters began making hair product when they left the creamy crack alon

Sisters Natural Hair






Organic hair care products from Melanin Queens


Melanin Queen's 100% Organic Curl Cream





What are some of your favorite Black owned hair proucts? Let us know in the comment section below!


By Queen 
Queen is a 30 something from the Bronx, NY. She created Ms. Vixen to spread her thoughts on feminism, Black pride, it's the first stop on her quest to be a media mogul. 
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