Tuesday Tunes & Soothing Scenery…13 June 2017

To counter the ugliness that is rampant here in the USA, around the world, and everywhere on the Interwebs, I offer up some soothing scenery of beautiful people and beautiful places, along with some relaxing music. Enjoy…

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The daughter of a street vendor, Mahany Pery from São Gonçalo in Rio de Janeiro, becomes the darling of the fashion industry

It’s always inspiring and refreshing to see a new (super)model, who I can relate to, breaking into the fashion industry!
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Note from BW of Brazil: What words come to mind when you look at this young lady? Gorgeous? Striking? Lovely? Stunning? I’m sure as people fixate on her photos, more adjectives will surely emerge. It’s been a while since I’ve posted a story about a Brazilian-born black model and when I come across them they automatically receive a place here! What I find even more newsworthy about Mahany’s story, besides her humble origins, is the fact that she’s found such success with such an African phenotype. As Brazil has always favored its more European-looking African descendants, her arrival on the world stage should be celebrated even more (see note one). After all, if the dreams of the nation’s 19th-century elite had come true, people who look like Mahany wouldn’t even exist! This planning for a whiter Brazil has been discussed in a number of previous posts, so today, let’s…

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Midweek Music…31 May 2017!

I felt like posting some pictures and music for this final day in May, 2017…enjoy!

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“I want more Black women to feel beautiful just the way they are”: With inspiration from Mozambique, Ana Paula Xongani’s clothing line focuses on Black beauty

I love this! Uplifting and inspiring.
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Black Women of Brazil

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Note from BW of Brazil: If you’ve been following news out of Black Brazil for any amount of time you must’ve noticed that there is a sort of ‘fever’ catching on among Afro-Brazilians. Particularly among entrepreneurs, this fever that continues to spread is leading more and more Afro-Brazilians to stop waiting on a market that seems intent on ignoring their existence, culture and particular tastes, doing for self and tapping into a segment of consumer that is starving to represent with African and Afro-Brazilian styles that proudly show off ancestral origins. Designer Ana Paula Xongani is one of the women leading the charge and judging from the piece below, it’s only a matter time before her business blows up! Much success to you Ana Paula, keep it movin’!!

“I’ve never straightened my hair”, says afro fashion designer

Get to know the story of Ana Paula Xongani, whose clothing brand…

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11 Affordable Coffee Table Books That Celebrate Black Beauty

I’m definitely buying these…they’re perfect, and long-overdue, conversation-starters!
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GOOD BLACK NEWS

Being natural is a gift, and in this book, author Michael July explore the progression of natural hair into mainstream culture and media.

article by Alexis Webb via essence.com

These are the perfect conversation starters for your house guests. 

What happens when you combine your love for literature with an interest for beauty and hair? Well, tons of fun and interesting home décor that can inspire your daily routine!

Coffee table reads don’t always have to be mundane. They can often also offer some lighthearted relief, much needed pick-me-up or an education while chatting with friends and family over the latest “tea.”

Vintage Black Glamour

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Black Love Day…2016!!!

This warrants a repost today, for 2017…so, share the love!
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Random Ramblings; Myriad Musings

Today marks Black Love Day! Here’s a bit of info, for those who are wondering what it is and what it celebrates:

BLD is an African-centered, alternative to the commercial Valentine’s Day with the wholistic goals of encouraging: 1) Black self-love instead of self-hatred; 2) Racial healing to stop White supremacy, racism and entitlement; 3) The return to Love to heal all relationships for increased peace to stop violence!

BRIEF HISTORY: BLD was founded in 1993 by Ayo Handy Kendi, founder/director of the African American Holiday Association (AAHA), and CEO of PositivEnergyWorks. Founder of Optimum Life Breathology, Transcendence Breath Worker, Sound Healer, Speaker, Storyteller, Author, Host- “The Sage-ing Baby Boomer Show”.

Yearly, Black Love Day has grown in popularity similar to Juneteenth and Kwanzaa. It has become recognized on many college campuses, notably FAMU, Morgan State and Howard U. as well as in many communities.

Black Love Relationship…

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Nomine Michelle Obama – Named after Michelle Obama

I meant to post this on Mrs. Obama’s birthday…but, no harm done in re-blogging it now!
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Happy Belated Birthday, Mrs. Obama – 2017!

Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama: 17 January 1964 – Present

Yesterday, 17 January, was the birthdate of current but outgoing First Lady of the United States: Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama. She was born on this day in 1964 in Chicago, Illinois, which makes her a steadfast Earth sign – the “Water-Goat,” Capricorn.

I will miss her when she and her family officially leave the White House. It was refreshing to see, in my lifetime, a first lady that I could look at and draw inspiration from – because she resembles me. She knows the struggles of, and the roadblocks faced by, women of colour. These issues are generally minimized and dismissed by most, even by other ‘marginalized’ groups.

She is educated. Intelligent. Elegant. Classy. Caring. Statuesque. Beautiful. The love she has for her husband and her daughters is apparent and genuine. She is committed to good health in a way that isn’t preachy, arrogant or self-centered. She stands up for what she believes in, and speaks out openly and honestly about things that matter. I look at her and see myself – and see a woman that I can look up to. She represents myself, my sisters, my niece, my aunts, and my mother. She represents the dreams of my grandmothers and great-grandmothers. I sure wish that they’d lived to see President Obama’s election – they certainly would have felt as proud as I did when I watched his inauguration.

I can’t help but note that she is the same height as I am. The comparisons don’t end there; I was pleased when a former co-worker of mine came up to me at a company picnic one year. I was wearing a sleeveless leather vest with jeans and chaps, as I was on my motorcycle. He looked at me and blurted out: “You have Michelle Obama arms!” A clumsy compliment, to be sure – but a compliment nonetheless, so I accepted it and went on my merry way.

She is a lawyer, educated at Princeton and Harvard. She isn’t a model, but very easily could be – her sense of style and fashion is enviable, and some of the outfits she has worn are phenomenal.

Happy belated birthday, Mrs. Obama. I hope that you and your family have a nice, long, quiet, relaxing, well-earned and well-deserved vacation! Your presence in the White House meant quite a bit to myself and many others. The historic significance of your tenancy cannot be denied – the magnitude is immense.

Thank you.

Monday Music: 16 January 2017

I’m working on a post about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on this national holiday, keeping in mind that not all states, districts, or even industries celebrate it. Here’s a bit of music to keep you entertained while I get it completed.

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Demanding respect and more space in society but why does black women’s activism bother people so much?

Yep – this is what I live on a daily basis…and I refuse to be silenced.
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Black Women of Brazil

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Note from BW of Brazil: Well, one must admit that this seems to be the case. For the decades and in fact centuries that black women of Brazil simply accepted the position that Brazilian society reserved for them, no one really said anything because, well, it was just the way things were. But times have changed and continue to change. Black Brazilian women want representation in ALL areas of Brazilian society as well as a voice at the table to discuss her role and how she will be portrayed. But with this activism has come all sorts of complaints and push back. Black women and the black population as a whole has been accused of “seeing racism in everything”, “whining” and forgetting “their place.” And we also note these attitudes in the increased racist internet attacks on black women who have prominent public profiles (see here

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