“TAINTLESS COLLECTION,” S/S 2016 LOOKBOOK FROM CAPE TOWN DESIGNER LUKHANYO MDINGI
Photographer: Travys Owen
Models: Toyin Oneyene (Ice Genetics) and Gandhi Mukiza (Wicked Talent)
Art Director: Gabrielle Kannemeyer
MUA: Amori Birch
Assistants: Miguel Brown and Jasleen Matharu
God created black people and black people created style.
–George C. Wolfe, The Colored Museum
Photo: Shola/Instagram: @aqut
Watch this video.
Viola Davis has a discussion with Tom Hanks and around 30:31, which is awesome and if you want to just hear to people who are excellent at their jobs talk about it, you should listen. But around 30:31, they start to talk about fear, and Viola quotes Lisa Nichols, who you can see here, and paraphrases her, saying “If you’re afraid to dive, just dive afraid.”
Now I didn’t go into that video expecting to get A Word. I really just stan for Viola Davis (since King Hedley, fam), and the prospect of listening to the Bay Area’s Finest, Tom Hanks and Viola was enough for me.
This year saw a shift in my spirit. I’ve felt defensiveness seeping back into my decision making, and that goes against my nature. I have always been proactive, decisive- even on the fly. This year though- this year, I’ve spent a good portion of the year waiting for “something.” Now, I’ve always averred that my decision making process has improved over the years- no more eloping to foreign countries on a whim, or skipping interviews with law firms to go on vacation lol- but I have always had the ability to see through the uncertainty, and focus on my goal. And then life seemed uncertain, and fear started to sap my energy and permeate my thoughts.
The ship has righted itself, somewhat, and while the pressure still exists, a new job and some personal centering did wonders. But I still have decisions to make, personally and professionally, that involve a bit of discipline AND more than a little of the unknown.
I’ll be okay though. Time to step onto the platform.
Caged in your sleep may the great beasts
bless and protect you always the bears of
loving kindness the wise Blakean tigers
of wrath & the horses of
instruction Dream untroubled
by paradox of proportion – the ladybug
bigger than the cat the mouse
as large as the elephant
& wearing pants In their all-forgiving silence
may they love you in ways we fail to
these friends of first refuge
the peaceable kingdom
where the lion lies down with the lamb
Guess who’s bizzack??
My little time away was perfect. Just sun, hot days with cool drinks…getting a new temp gig…
Right?!?! Swag me out. No deets yet, but just know that #BlackGirlMagic is real and making moves. I SEEN’T IT!!
Speaking of additional Black Girl Magic, 3 things-
I saw Daughters of the Dust last weekend. Stunning. And I met Julie Dash.
Oh. Yes. DoD was made in 1991, and yet people are viewing works done this YEAR that references her film, and realizing how dope it was. Why?? Because not only are Black Girls Magic, we are also From The Future.
I had the pleasure of attending Gyalcast Live on Wednesday at the Gladstone, as part of ManifesTO. When I tell you- this collective of young, unapologetically black women from Toronto are giving you pathos, positivity, rage, shade, grace, and smarts- all in the same conversation, SENTENCE EVEN? believe me. Find their podcast—> here.
Luvvie Ajayi has written a fantastic book.
Her blog, Awesomely Luvvie, is part of my RIA (Required Internet Allowance). Her links get passed around on my feeds when they drop like Snoop just lit them up on GGN. This book is a sharper, more focused version of her voice. It tackles subjects as diverse as modern-day racism and body-shaming, to the dangers of Island Peen and how Nigerians are always late (She’s Nigerian-save your indignant email.). It’s sold all over the place in the States, but if you want it here in Canada, Amazon is an option; if you are reading this from elsewhere, check Luvvie’s site here for your options. Listen- if Shonda. Ava. AND Oprah (!!!!) give her the cosigns, you know she is legit.
This week has been wonderfully, and utterly black-women centered, and I need more weeks like this.
Black Girls Are Creative.
Black Girls Are Magic.