Nor do they know that dressing like that doesn't represent what it means to be BLACK!

This Friday I would just like to say truly embrace who you are...being Black is great!

It is such a honor when your culture becomes something that other people want to make their own. It is truly amazing when people become upset when they are not able to be apart of what you have.

For years there have been words, clothes, sayings, music, and inventions that others would love to be able to claim. In a lot of instances many of them have been taken away from us and hidden from the masses about where they really come from. We have allowed our culture to be stripped and ripped for years. We have complained and hollered, but still it continues to happen all of the time.

So what still shocks me is the amount of screams and hollers from the other side????

Yesterday I asked, "Is it appropriate for Blacks to be able to sing the song 'My President's Black'?"

A lot of people from other races have been complaining that it is not appropriate and they would not be able to say "My President's White".

And we all know that so many races do not understand why we are able to use the word Nigga and they are not.

Here is the reality: In this crazy country you say is built to give equality to all, hasn't really lived up to what it said it would. We have went so many years without a number of rights that other races have. You want to be able to use our slang and sing the songs we sing? Like Chris Rock stated, lets trade places.

You be Hip Hip...we will raise taxes, live in better homes, have better jobs, go to better schools, have 43 times where the President looks like us, and still come out on top...even during a recession.

You use the word nigga and scream that your President is White at the top of your lungs. We will sit on the other side and cry while sitting in our nice Mansions in the suburbs.

The point is you are complaining about not being able to use things that in the grand scheme of things means nothing compared to all of the millions of things that we have been denied for years. Please try and walk a mile in our shoes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So whether or not we should even say some of these things (that's another topic), let us be happy about the few things that we have left to claim of our own. Let us continue to create moments that we can be proud of without you complaining about not being apart of it. Try asking to embrace some of the things in our culture that have a lot more meaning.

I believe that at the end of the day we should all be equal. But until it is an even playing field and all men are truly given the same rights...then I say

"My President's Black"

Go Rap music

Hooray R&B

No one on the corner has swagger like us


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Friday's Top Way to Keep Up: Embrace who YOU are, respect other people's culture, and just live your life with out worrying about others.

Don't be afraid to celebrate who you are because you are worried about what others might say.

Every culture has their own traditions and practices. We should all be able to enjoy this world together without complaining what the other has as long we all can enjoy the basic neccessaties of life. (And right now you still deny us a few of those..give us those first and we will share our "words" with you)

Come on everyone...KEEP UP!

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…Oh the shoe game is real; she gave him the Christian Louboutin’s with the 4 inch heels… below)


…Oh the shoe game is real; she gave him the Christian Louboutin’s with the 4 inch heels…

Greetings Gentle Readers, Sartorially Savvy here with this week’s way to stylishly “Keep Up…” This week, we’ll focus on putting your best foot forward…Literally. The topic at hand for this week’s column is shoes!! Everyone knows the shoes make the outfit!!! Seriously… you can’t be rockin’ the latest ‘fit, mean and clean in your custom suit, elegant and graceful in your gorgeous gown, cute and sexy in your cocktail dress with dusty, busted, crusty kicks!! On the other hand, if the shoe is right, the ensemble’s tight. Fellas, did you know in poll after poll ladies said that that the FIRST thing they check out is your shoes?!? Not your line up, not your eyes, not your smile, but those busted Timbs you’ve been rocking since ‘01. And you wonder why you couldn’t pull that banger at the bar, and you tried to blame it on the alcohol!!! A bangin’ shoe makes the look that much hotter! For those of us Carrie and Cameron Bradshaw’s out there, we already know the power of a good shoe. As a matter of fact, we have a closet full of them! But, for those of you missing a few quintessential pairs, fear not!! Sartorially Savvy is here to help you “Keep Up…”

The MUST HAVE pair in the closet of those “Keeping Up…” differ for the genders of course. For the ladies, they’re the black pumps, and for the fellas, the black loafer.

The Black Pump: Ladies, this is your go to shoe. The black pump goes with almost EVERYTHING, it is to your feet, what the “little black dress” is to your closet: complements your body, is easy to dress up and dress down, and never goes out of style. Pair with jeans for a dressier daytime look, wear with slacks in the office for that perfect pinch of polish, or put that cocktail dress to add drama and sex appeal for evening.

The Black Loafer: Fellas, this staple is your go to like LeBron in the 4th!! He can do it all!!! Pair with slacks and a sweater on a date to avoid the above mentioned bar scenario, wear to work with your slacks and suits to keep it clean and professional, and pair with jeans while hanging during the day to add an air of sophistication and panache.

(**~SPECIAL NOTE~**, because these are your go to shoe, invest a bit more in them. You’ll find throughout the years they’ll never let you down, and the higher quality the shoe, the more they’ll endure the test of time, and the better they’ll feel and wear. OH! Be sure to take care of them with regular polishes and keep shoe trees in them, they’ll look brand new all over again!!)
In the spirit of offering a casual option, here we go!! The deuce in this collection is the ballet flat for the ladies and the classic sneaker for the fellas.

The Ballet Flat: Ladies, the ballet flat is your option when keeping it casual but cute at the same time. Perfect for running around the city or the country, this classic comes in a variety of colors. To “Keep Up…” try to go for a bold contrasting color, like red, blue or pink. If you have a signature color, here’s an opportunity to put it into play with your outfit. The shoe is so simple that the pop of color will add just the right pinch of personality to your ensemble! Always remember to pair a color that while it contrasts, is still complementary to what you have on. Matching here is not important, but, a cohesive look ALWAYS is.

The Classic Kick (sneaker): Fellas, the classic sneaker is your opportunity to dress it down a little bit, and show a glimpse or two into your personality. And by classic, we mean your Stan Smith Adidas, Jack Purcell’s, Chuck Taylor’s and maybe even your Nike Dunks, or on the high end, for a lil’ flava you can find the shape (slim, non-bulky soles, the classic tennis shoe silhouette) of the aforementioned shoes in designer styles. A few faves of ours are Gucci, Vuitton and Prada, but this is indeed, a recession and everyone might not be on that kind of budget. Just like I told the ladies w/the ballet flats, your kicks are your chance to experiment with a little color and pattern…with a notable exception, keep the Stan Smith’s all white. ‘s just a better look. Chuck’s come in almost every color under the rainbow and here’s where you can have a little fun! Cop ‘em in red, navy, green, tan, your favorite color or a designer signature and play off the colors in your ensemble. As they are the first thing that catches the interested eye, they’ll see your pop of personality, and may even give you an in into talking to the cutie heading downtown on the 2 train from 135th and Lennox, or the banger on the 5:30 MARC to Union station.

And now, for the WILD CARD… While the 1st two options may have appeared a little basic and easy… Here’s a little something a little more difficult for those of us truly “Keeping Up…” Beyond the basic and elementary we go… As always, ladies first:

The Brown suede peep-toe pump: Ah ha! Got you didn’t we? Just when you thought you had ole’ S dot Savvy figured out, we go and change the game on you! Well, maybe not, but, we’d like to think this was a bit of an unexpected twist. The brown suede peep-toe pump is as classic as your black boys mentioned above, only with a little twist. ;-). The peep toe is a classic silhouette in shoes, but the brown and suede bring both texture and sophistication to the shoe. The color brown is very rich and complementary to almost every color. Try it instead of black, you might be surprised, some colors you never thought would go together are quite nice. Brown and pink is a favorite of ours. Suede is extremely underutilized texture in most wardrobes. Suede adds the feel of luxury and gives you the opportunity to break from leather, and variety is after all, the spice of life. The brown suede peep-toe pump is an extremely sexy shoe, so utilize with caution. You can definitely wear it to work, try it with a pencil skirt and cardigan/cami-combo for a little “business sexy”, pair it with your dark trouser cut jeans and a blouse for a little Saturday sexy, and in the evening with an A-line halter dress for a little vintage sexy… Claire Huxtable definitely had the brown suede peep-toe pump in her closet. Just sayin’…

The Brown suede loafer: Fellas, whether your budget is Ferragamo or Foot Locker, COP THESE!!! The brown suede loafer does the same for you as the brown suede peep-toe pump does for the ladies, the long and short of it is, it’ll have you bringing sexy back better than JT and Tim. Think of these as your Kobe’s (if Kobe and LeBron played on the same team). When you want to switch up your styles, add a little different type of sophistication to your roster, break these boys out. As I was telling the ladies, suede is an incredibly luxurious texture that any well heeled man would be a fool not to be seen in. Not only is suede a rich texture, but the color brown adds more richness, warmth and sex appeal to the entire look. Pair these with your heather grey slacks and a jewel toned (emerald green, or eggplant is a good look here!!) sweater for a winning date look, with your navy pinstripe suit for handling business, and with dark denim jeans, a v-neck tee and a caramel or olive colored blazer for a killer weekend look. Swap out the tee for a teal button down for Sunday brunch with the one who’s got your eye… or whose eye you’re trying to get…

So, Gentle Readers, I’ve given you an intro into the shoe game. Use it to your advantage to “Keep Up…” Of course, there are a few more options and tricks, but we’ll save those for our advanced courses. And if there are any specific shoe questions, I’d love to hear from you all. After all, without you, there’s no me!! I’m here for YOU! Until next time…

Stylishly Yours,
Sartorially Savvy
“Fashions fade, but style is eternal…” ~Yves Saint Laurent


Keeping Up Daily:

Apollo celebrated its 75th Anneversairy of its "Amateur Night" on Wednesday. The first 75 tickets went for 7.50 with rapper Ron Browz as the featured performer.

The theater, built in 1914 in the heart of Harlem, was originally called Hurtig and Seamon's New Burlesque Theatre. Blacks were not allowed in the audience then.In 1934, Ralph Cooper Sr. launched a live version of his radio show, "Amateur Nite Hour" at the Apollo. Fitzgerald was among the first winners of the show, which allows young performers to test their talent, with a tough live audience booing bad acts off the stage. (aol news)

Father Kills Wife, 5 Kids and Self

Some people do not agree with the change. Check out one guys take on every ones recent movement towards change. What was wrong with Bush?

Discussion question of the day:

Recently other races have pointed out that they do not think the song "My President's Black" is appropriate to sing. A White lady even stated that they wouldn't be able to say "My President's White", so why should Blacks say it?

Do you agree?


...Let Me Put You On Game...

Greetings Gentle Readers, Sartorially Savvy here, and here’s a slight departure from my usual column (fear not though! I’ll be back later this week with something special for you all!!) but, when things I think will help out my very stylish readers comes across my desk, I feel it my duty to put you all on game!!! A special website was recently brought to my attention, and I thought I’d let you all know!!! Holla at Here’s a little bit about the site:

The Thimbler idea started in 2006. It is strongly rooted in our belief that:

1. Clothing should be made to uniquely fit you, not you trying to squeeze into something pre-made

2. You be able to create your own style.

3. You be able to choose and connect with designers from around the worlds.

4. Provide a marketplace for talented independent designers to connect with customers and to compete with big design houses.

5. Absolutely no child-labor and no sweat-shops, and be environmentally conscious.

6. You be able to choose who and where the goods that you buy are made.

In essence, we are about unleashing the design talent in you, and about democratizing and empowering your choice of how and where the goods you buy are made.

Since then, we have analyzed 3D body scans, shapes and sizes of over 10,000 people; have designed style patterns for over 200 body shape variation with infinite size and shape possibilities; and we have developed methods to combine technology with age-old tailoring techniques and processes to custom-design and stitch your garments in real-time. Much more is to come.

Meanwhile, we welcome and appreciate any suggestions and feedback to help us better serve you. Please email us at .

And you all know Sartorially Savvy is ALL about custom made/custom fitting garments!!! Holla at them!!! They’re definitely “Keeping Up…”

Stylishly Yours,
Sartorially Savvy
“Fashions fade, but style is eternal…” ~ Yves Saint Laurent


All Eyes On Me: Obama's first Rap Mix Tape...

Sometimes when we do things it doesn't always make sense to others or ourselves. For many of us we are looking for a straight path to success, but our paths are not always nicely laid out for us. We go after dreams that seem far away, and sometimes it forces us to settle for things that simply seem easier. That's why this story touches my heart and is a perfect example of how you must go after your own dreams even when it appears that other choices make more sense.

Emeka Onyejekwe graduated from New York University Law School and is a practicing attorney that specializes in intellectual property litigation. At 27 Emeka is at an ideal place in his life that many young Black people struggle to get to.

But Emeka has a dream that takes him off of this "ideal" straight path. He has a dream that makes his roads a little rockier, and the steps he takes a little off balance. Emeka is going after his true love for Hip Hop.

As an educated Black man he faces the reverse challenge of not having street credit, not living the hood life, and not being able to rap about things that mainstream radio expects to hear from its rappers.

But what makes Mekka Don, Emeka's stage name, so amazing is his passion and his eagerness to touch people with his words. Mekka wants to tell a story that inspires people.

Recently, Mekka Don has released a mix tape with Mick Boogie called All Eyes on Me EP. He has already been featured in the Daily News, XXL, The SOURCE, and the NY Post.

Lets take a trip through the beginning of his mix tape:

November 4th- Lets us know that we will be listening to Obama's point of view through the voice of Mekka Don...

All Eyes on Me: Talks about how there are so many people watching Obama. Some have criticized him from the beginning, some still doubt him, many are waiting for him to fail, and others are looking for him to be their savior. He also has to live up to the dreams of the great men that came before him, like MLK. The pressure is on...all eyes are definitely on him!

How do you want it: He talks about how Obama is asking America to compromise on the millions of things they want and be realistic. He ask them what they really want, and do they really believe in him? Or do they want him to just fail? Obama wonders will America stand behind him, because he believes that together they can make a change. He points out how Obama says that he is not perfect, but he will work his hardest for every American.

Heart of Men: Talks about the past President's and all of the issues they had to deal with. He talks about how he has now been passed the torch and all of the issues he must address. He knows he has to take us in a new direction...Its his turn now!

There are of course more tracks, but the first few tracks alone takes us through sort of a journey of what might be going through Barack Obama's head as he takes the role of our Commander- in- Chief. Mekka Don does a wonderful job of helping us relate to what Barack Obama goes through on a regular basis as the first African American President.

Thanks for helping us Keep Up and inspiring us to follow our dreams! Mekka wrote the lyrics, but because the music is sampled from a Tupac Shakur album, the CD cannot be sold.

It is available for free downloading at You can also check out the songs for free at


Keeping Up Daily: The Drunken Negro Face Cookies????

Is he serious?


Malia and Sasha Dolls...Hot or Not?

First Lady Michelle Obama is unhappy about the Malia and Sasha dolls. The first lady's press secretary, Katie McCormick Lelyveld, said in a statement Saturday it is "inappropriate to use young, private citizens for marketing purposes."

The makers of Beanie Babies have created $10 Brown skinned dolls that have been named Malia and Sasha.

Ty spokeswoman Tania Lundeen told a Chicago newspaper, the Chicago Sun-Times Wednesday the dolls were inspired by the first family's daughters. Later, she told the Associated Press the names of the $10, brown-skinned dolls were chosen because "they are beautiful names," and not because of any resemblance to the Obama children.

I agree with Michelle. I understand that the First Family is no longer just regular people. So I understand that it is going to be very hard for Malia and Sasha to live regular lives. And there is going to be so much that happens to them that "regular" little girls probably will never experience. But making dolls of them is something that is not not necessary at their age.

In some ways this could be an inspiration to little Black girls as they carry around little Malia and Sasha dolls, but this is something that should have been approved by the First family. Anything made with Barack's name is probably fair game...but they are little girls. I think that from this point on Michelle should have say whenever Malia and Sasha is going to be used to promote a brand. Mommy knows best on what her daughters can handle.

Lets try and respect their youth and innocence for as long as we can. Trust me soon the press will be all over them as they get older.

How do you feel about the dolls?


Is There Anymore Room for Me, in Those Jeans?? Pt. 2

Greetings gentle readers, I hope this historic week has been as eventful for you as it has for me and the remainder of the “Keeping Up…” staff!! It’s been quite a busy week for yours truly with both the inauguration and the men’s shows in Milan… We have some new loves in our life by the names of Moschino, Ferragamo and Versace. But that’s neither here nor there… We’re here to talk about you all, not me!!! Last time, we had our intro into the world of jeans. If you all recall, we talked about rise and length (check out Part 1 if you need a refresher).This week, we’ll talk about some cut… And get your minds out of the gutter!

There are several cuts of jeans, but the most popular and are universally flattering for all builds and body types, both male and female: boot cuts, trouser cuts, relaxed fits and skinny jeans. That means leave the super-wide flares for the 12 year old girls. We’re own our grown-woman/grown-man steez, and this is not 1997… We’re well past that phase. And now it’s time for a break down…

Boot cut: exactly what it sounds like: cut ideally to fit over boots. From the knee to the waist they’re cut like traditional jeans, creating a more fitted silhouette that usually sits slightly below the waist, and is slightly looser in the leg, this creates longer cleaner line on the leg. These are likely the cut of most of the jeans in your closet; they’re wardrobe staples, easy to dress up in especially in darker washes.

Trouser cut: (also know as the straight leg) once again, just like it sounds, fits like a like a trouser or slack. Properly fitting pairs should create a straight line from the hip to foot. They are extremely easy to dress up, even wear to work because the have the look of dressier pants especially since they usually come darker washes and higher quality denims.

Relaxed fit: Keeping in the trend of things being exactly what they sound like… Here’s another!! Yay! Cut fuller from thigh to hem, for ample leg room and maximum comfort. Just be careful not to get them too baggy, and then we’ll be reverting to that whole Wu-Tang look that we just talked about…

Skinny’s: Once again, just like they sound… They’re skinny. They fit like a pair of tights (for the ladies) and are cut to stick to the calf (for everyone). Ladies these are the ones for you that you tuck into your boots. For the fellas, they typically come in slightly longer cuts because they’re meant to be worn bunched at the ankle. But don’t worry about them dragging on the ground the narrow cut keeps them from falling underfoot.

There are some other fits and options, but these are for the masses. I’m available for personal one on one’s for individual body types! You all know where to find me!
Until next time my well dressed friends!!!

Stylishly yours,
Sartorially Savvy
“Fashions fade, but style is eternal” ~ Yves St. Laurent.


Is the First Family Keeping Up with the Huxtables?

Guess who is Keeping Up? Is it America's First Family?

In a CNN article they pointed out that a guy name Jamall Young had tuned in to celebrate the election of the nation's first African-American president. But he realized that he was witnessing another historic first. A black family was being featured as the first family, not the "problem family" or the "funny family."

Obama didn't shout at his wife, Michelle, to shut up. The first lady didn't roll her eyes and tell Obama to act like a man. No laugh track kicked in, no one danced, and no police sirens wailed in the background.

"The last time we had an image of a black family that was this positive it was "The Cosby Show," but this is the Real McCoy," says Jacqueline Moore Bowles, national president of Jack and Jill of America Inc., a predominantly black organization for youths.

OMG! The Obama's were compared to the Cosby's...You can't be Keeping Up with the Huxtables more than that! lol

No but it is great to finally see a Black family that they do not portray as having all of these problems. They are such a good representation of an ideal Black American family. Barack and Michelle are successful and great parents!

Thanks for truly showing us how to Keep Up!


Young and Keeping Up- Chanel Iman Graces the Cover of Page Six

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This week Chanel Iman graces the cover of Page Six Magazine. If you still don't know about this young model that has taken the industry by storm, then you aren't truly Keeping Up! Chanel Iman had her big break when she graced the cover of Vogue as the youngest model to be on the cover of American Vogue Magazine.

She then joined other great African American Supermodels in Italian Vogue's first "All Black Issue". At age 18 she is known as protégée of Tyra Banks and favorite of Galliano and McQueen.

Chanel Iman speaks on her frustrations at the difficulties that models of color face in the industry.

"It's not just black girls. It's ethnic girls in general: Brazilian girls, Hispanic. You really don't see a lot of Asians either. A lot of designers think that if every girl on the runway looks exactly alike, then people will come to the shows and buy the clothes because they won't be focusing on the models….It's not even just runway either... us ethnic girls should be getting a lot of the covers too! I would love to be on half of the campaigns these [white] girls are booking, all looking exactly alike. It's not right. It's not fair."

Chanel Iman is truly Young and Keeping Up!


Inauguration 2009 Part 1...A Moment to Remember!

As I stand outside in the cold waiting for a man that will finally take the position as the first African American President of the United States, I can’t help but wonder how my elders felt on other major moments in African American history. I take a moment and pretend to flash back to the 50s and 60s. I can hear the sounds of the word nigger rolling off the tongues of angry Whites as Blacks line up outside the voting polls eager to exercise their right to vote. I then begin to hear screams as people start feelings the hard hits of rocks being thrown at them. Election Day would roll around again, and very few Blacks would come out, as if we had never gained the right to vote. The fear of losing your life just to be able to have your voice heard was a situation that people rather just avoid.

So you can imagine how I felt once I came back to reality, and realized that not only were Blacks able to come out in masses to vote for the President, but a Black man had been elected. I must admit that in the beginning I had no confidence that America would let Barack Obama get close to gaining the position as President. I had little confidence that America had moved towards a time where the color of your skin would not prevent you from gaining a much deserved position.

I can’t help but think is this the dream that Martin Luther King once spoke about in the heart of DC? I cannot imagine how it might have felt to hear King speak about the fact that 100 years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed, the Negro was still not free. To hear those words would make me want to scream out words of anger, but oh how I would be shocked to hear my leader not encourage words of hate, but to then say the words that would ring in the ears of Americans for years, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”

I am overjoyed to be a part of a moment in history where a Black man has been judged by his character and not the color of his skin. I am honored to be a part of a moment where people of all shades have joined together to elect a man that speaks about a much needed change in our nation. But I am even more excited that my people will be able to look at their own reflection in the highest position of our nation, and know that they too can achieve anything that they put their minds to.

On January 20th, this was not only the day that Barack Obama took the position as President of the United States of America, but it was the day when we allowed Kings dream to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we were able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, were able to join hands and say that we as a nation have taken one step closer to accomplishing the true American dream.

Keeping Up with the Huxtables would like to say congratulations to President Barack Obama for becoming President of the United States of America. You have already shown us that the dream is alive, now show the nation what they have been missing for years, a man that represents hope, belief, and change. A man that will work towards ensuring that all American’s are able to pursue Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.

My experience was one filled with celebration and excitement. From parties, to hanging out with Sorors, to waiting in lines to get to see Obama, to standing in line for food at the one vendor they had for a million people, to watching the parade by CNN and NBC, to standing in the cold, to taping Obama and Michelle, and finally ending the night with a drink to the new President...I must say it was truly a moment that will never be forgotten.

Take a look at some of my random moments in DC...stay tuned for the video version and a shot of Obama!

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The Socialite and Patricia pose at the taco night for Obama! Friends got together to celebrate Obama the best way we know how....we made tacos and drank wine! Thanks Culinary Goddess.

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The boys and Ish ending taco night with drinks!

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The Socialite and The Culinary Goddess on our way to Young and Powerful for Obama Black Tie Gala

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One of our Young and Keeping Up, Semaj showed up to the Gala also!

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DJ Premonition at the Young and Powerful for Obama Black Tie Gala. He was amazing!

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The Howard University Gospel Choir performing at the Gala. Amazing talent and great way to kick off the Gala.

Millions of people waiting to get in on 7th and D. Many of them had been out there since 4am! We got there at like 9 and found a way to get to the that just isn't

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NBC's Ann Curry watches the parade with us!

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Ann Curry and Ruby (80 year old faboulous lady speaks on how she feels about this moment in history)

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Mission Accomplished...the end of Inauguration! (Joi, Eunita, and the Socialite had so many missions that day...the greatest one finally getting to see Obama and Michelle...we came up!)

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After being in the cold all day we needed to drink to Obama and the warm heat! (Joi, Michelle, The Socialite and Eunita)

Check tomorrow for some video clips!!!!


Friday's Top Ways to Keep up with the Huxtables..

1. If you are attending the Inauguration next week make sure that you use this as a networking opportunity. This is going to be one of the biggest turn-outs of American people. There are also going to be young and old Black professionals, artist, musicians, politicians, and more.

Why would you not take advantage of this opportunity to market yourself to others? Keeping Up with the Huxtables will be there in full force with their business cards ready to pass them out to anyone who is willing to listen.

Never miss out on an opportunity to network with people that share your common goals and interest.

2. What have you learned at work lately? If you go to work everyday and simply do your job, then you will never build upon the skills needed to be successful in life. It is always wise to take time out to learn someone else's job. Ask questions, watch others, and ask for more work to do.

The key is to learn as much as you can so that you can either move up further in your company, or be able to take the skills with you and start your own company. You also don't want anyone to ever be able to box you in one position.

The more you know...the further you will go.

- The Socialite

3. Spend a little more on your shoes and accessories, they add a little extra to your ensemble and usually get more wear than individual items of clothing. Plus, when observers see an outfit paired with expensive, or quality shoes and accessories, they tend to think the whole look is higher end!!

~Sartorially Savvy

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Is There Any More Room for Me in Those Jeans Pt. 1…??

Greetings Gentle readers, Sartorially Savvy here with this week’s way to “Keep Up…” on your fashion and style game. Whether you rock Rock (& Republic) jeans, stick w/7’s, are true to your True’s, jump for Joe’s, go crazy for Citizen’s, die for Diesel’s, or live in your Levi’s… EVERYONE has a few pairs of jeans in their closet. This week we’ll talk about buying the best jeans for YOUR body, and what kinds of jeans fit the look you’re trying to pull off.

First, let’s discuss a favorite of mine: FIT. Fit is AS IMPORTANT in jeans as it is in everything else. If your jeans are too short or too tight, you’ll find people coming at you with questions like, “Where’s the flood?!” and “Dag, can you even breathe?” Too big, and too baggy, (a la Wu Tang circa 1996) and you’ll get the, “Do you own a belt?” “Why do you keep pulling at your pants?” and, “Are you packing heat?!” And the last thing anyone wants is to have everyone around them thinking their carrying a concealed weapon… ‘s not a good look. And DEFINITELY not “Keeping Up…”

Important to both sexes when looking for the perfect pair of jeans is finding the right rise and the right length: The length part is pretty easy, especially for the fellas, jeans come in dimensions of waist size and length according to your inseam, which is exactly what it sounds like, it’s the length inside seam of the jean, from the crotch to the bottom hem, in inches. Most jeans start out at around a 28 or 30 inch inseam and go upwards. For the ladies, jeans usually come in your pants size, 0-wherever you may find yourself. Often times, designers won’t really put the inseam in women’s jeans, some do. Usually the length of a woman’s pair of jeans corresponds to the average height of the woman in that size range. For example, the average size 10 woman usually falls in the 5’6”-5’8” range. So the inseam of those jeans will be cut for her. To aid women in finding the right length of jeans for them, designers will often cut jeans in long or petite lengths. The entire hustle, is to, literally get in where you fit in. Pay less attention to numbers and more attention to what flatters and looks good on you. Whether it is a size up, a size down, a petite, a long, whatever. Different designers cut differently. (pppsssssstttttttttt you can also take your jeans to the tailor in case they’re a little long and have them taken up an inch or two)

Equally as important in that search for the perfect pair is to find the right rise for you. Rises usually come in 3 different variations: low, mid, and high rise. We all remember in the early part of this when extremely low rise jeans were extremely popular and we had an epidemic of exposure to a new kind of crack… Let’s learn from our past and not repeat the same mistakes. The most universally flattering rise in jeans for both sexes falls between low and mid rises. Leave the high rise jeans to the soccer moms and the SNL parodies. A notable exception to this rule are intentionally high waist jeans(for the ladies), which are cut higher than the natural waist and do not follow this doctrine. You want a rise that falls between your waist and hips. You’ll look modern and classic at the same time, and not have to worry about exposure to crack… B/c we all know, “Crack is wack, and crack is cheap!!”

So, gentle readers, take from Pt. 1, length and rise. Next we’ll discuss some cut… Cuts of jeans that is! Get your minds out of the gutter! Until next time… Keep up!!

Stylishly yours,
Sartorially Savvy
“Fashions fade, but style is eternal” ~ Yves St. Laurent


Keeping Up Daily

Roland Burris Sworn in as Senator...Taking Obama's Seat.

Don't forget to check out today's post below on Obama's letter to his daughters and Keeping Up with the Joneses!


Obama's Letter to his Daughters

Dear Malia and Sasha, I know that you've both had a lot of fun these last two years on the campaign trail, going to picnics and parades and state fairs, eating all sorts of junk food your mother and I probably shouldn't have let you have. But I also know that it hasn't always been easy for you and Mom, and that as excited as you both are about that new puppy, it doesn't make up for all the time we've been apart. I know how much I've missed these past two years, and today I want to tell you a little more about why I decided to take our family on this journey.

When I was a young man, I thought life was all about me-about how I'd make my way in the world, become successful, and get the things I want. But then the two of you came into my world with all your curiosity and mischief and those smiles that never fail to fill my heart and light up my day. And suddenly, all my big plans for myself didn't seem so important anymore. I soon found that the greatest joy in my life was the joy I saw in yours. And I realized that my own life wouldn't count for much unless I was able to ensure that you had every opportunity for happiness and fulfillment in yours. In the end, girls, that's why I ran for President: because of what I want for you and for every child in this nation.

I want all our children to go to schools worthy of their potential-schools that challenge them, inspire them, and instill in them a sense of wonder about the world around them. I want them to have the chance to go to college-even if their parents aren't rich. And I want them to get good jobs: jobs that pay well and give them benefits like health care, jobs that let them spend time with their own kids and retire with dignity.

I want us to push the boundaries of discovery so that you'll live to see new technologies and inventions that improve our lives and make our planet cleaner and safer. And I want us to push our own human boundaries to reach beyond the divides of race and region, gender and religion that keep us from seeing the best in each other. Sometimes we have to send our young men and women into war and other dangerous situations to protect our country-but when we do, I want to make sure that it is only for a very good reason, that we try our best to settle our differences with others peacefully, and that we do everything possible to keep our servicemen and women safe. And I want every child to understand that the blessings these brave Americans fight for are not free-that with the great privilege of being a citizen of this nation comes great responsibility.

That was the lesson your grandmother tried to teach me when I was your age, reading me the opening lines of the Declaration of Independence and telling me about the men and women who marched for equality because they believed those words put to paper two centuries ago should mean something.

She helped me understand that America is great not because it is perfect but because it can always be made better-and that the unfinished work of perfecting our union falls to each of us. It's a charge we pass on to our children, coming closer with each new generation to what we know America should be.

I hope both of you will take up that work, righting the wrongs that you see and working to give others the chances you've had. Not just because you have an obligation to give something back to this country that has given our family so much-although you do have that obligation. But because you have an obligation to yourself. Because it is only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you will realize your true potential.

These are the things I want for you-to grow up in a world with no limits on your dreams and no achievements beyond your reach, and to grow into compassionate, committed women who will help build that world. And I want every child to have the same chances to learn and dream and grow and thrive that you girls have. That's why I've taken our family on this great adventure.

I am so proud of both of you. I love you more than you can ever know. And I am grateful every day for your patience, poise, grace, and humor as we prepare to start our new life together in the White House.

Love, Dad


Keeping Up with the Joneses...Reader's Submission

“Keeping up with the Joneses?”
By: Nicole Little

Some may say that the quote, “Keeping up with the Joneses" is a popular catchphrase in many parts of the USA. The quote is often referred to as the desire to keep up with one's neighbors or friends by using the accumulation of material goods. We have even heard the phrase during the world-renowned television show, “The Real Housewives of Atlanta.” Co-star NeNe says, “I don’t keep up with the Joneses, I am the Joneses.”

So why are people so focused on keeping up with the “Joneses?” Has celebs really tarnished the minds of the everyday American? I’m thinking so. To keep up with consumer demands banks started giving people loans that couldn’t afford to pay them back. First time home buyers began purchasing houses that were far beyond their budget. Budget? I think so many people have forgotten about that word. Instead of buying things that are affordable people have opted for buying things that look more appealing to their friends, family, co-workers and or associates. Well, I guess now we all are paying for Mrs. Brown trying to be Mrs. Jones. According to the Federal Reserve, over 40% of households spend more than they earn. Americas' average credit card debt in 2007 was $8400 per household. By the end of 2007, consumer debt in America had risen to $2.5 trillion. The year 2008 brought so much heartache to many Americans. They began to loose their jobs, houses, cars, and etc. Un-employment lines became longer and food banks became crowded. Prominent business began to close and major corporations began to fold. Could it be that we were trying to live like the “Joneses?”

In college all of my needs and wants were pretty much taken care of by mommy and daddy. If I wanted a new dress for that jumping party all I had to do was call home. If my Acura Integra needed an oil change all I had to do was call home. If I needed groceries for my apartment all I had to do was call home. But, I still choose to open up credit cards to purchase items that I truly did not need. I guess I wanted to be a “Jones.”

Right before graduation I told my parents that I was going to move back home. Yes, move back home. Instead of purchasing a brand new car or get a place of my own I wanted to save and pay off all credit card debt. Soon after I got out of college I realized that mommy and daddy were not always going to be able to hold my hand and supply my every need. I had to work hard and come up with a game plan so one day I would be able to supply a comfortable life for me and my family. When I say comfortable I mean having the big house, nice car, nice clothes, being able to travel and still being able to save and invest my money.

The Mercedes, big house on the hill, fur coat, and diamond necklace will always be there to buy. But, our sanity and happiness will be sacrificed if we try to buy expensive items prematurely. I don’t know about you but I will get all that and more but I’ll assure you that I won’t be in any debt because of those items. I refuse to keep up with “Joneses.” So, in 2009 instead of “keeping up with the Joneses” I’m going to keep up with myself. What will you do?

Special message from the Socialite: If we simply learn what makes our race great, and not go after what others have, we will be so much better off. Confidence in yourself is the key!

Keep UP!


Curry Battles Back Against Being Accused of Racial Slurs

A man that worked for Eddy Curry of the New York Knicks is suing him, saying that Curry owes him money, sexually harassed him and berated him with racial slurs. The driver claims that Curry owes him $98,000 in back pay and expenses. He also claims that Curry called him, "cracker,'' "white slave,'' "white devil'' and "grandmaster of the KKK.''

He claims he was sexually harassed by Curry, because Curry took out his private part and asked him to touch it.

Curry said he never made such comments.

"Everyone who knows me knows I'm not a racist. I've never made a comment like that, playing, or nothing,'' Curry said. "Aside from the fact I wouldn't do it because I'm not racist, I wouldn't do it because I wouldn't want someone to play with me like that. That's incredible, man.''

Curry is 26, married with children, and in his eighth NBA season.

"It's like a prime example of you got to watch who's around you,'' Curry said. "This is a guy who I really thought he was my friend up until the last four, five months. I can't even believe this happened. ... I can't believe it went this far. I can't believe someone would represent something like that.''

I am not sure if he did it our not, but I think that our young Black athletes need a few lessons on how to Keep Up! To often they are being caught acting a fool, saying things they shouldn't, and being arrested for something.

1. Understand that once you become a professional player you have now started a career. Act as if someone is paying you to do a job.

2. Know that people are watching your every moves once you become famous; do not give them something to talk about.

3. Watch who you surround yourself with once you get any type of money.

4. You can't do the same things you did before you became who you are today.

5. There are young kids that look up to you; try and be a role model.

6. Don't put yourself in situations that people can use against you.

7. Just play ball!!!!!

In this case if the driver is making all of this up, this is really sad. It is sad to see how far some people will go for money.

It was funny reading some of the comments below the article in AOL news. People kept making comments saying, "how does it feel to be on the other side being called a racist?".

What do you mean how does it feel? Do you get called that often? So I guess they are excited that a Black man could possibly be called a racist. Get a life please...and Keep Up!

What do you think about Black athletes and all of the trouble they get into?


Keeping Up Daily

School in Landmark Desegregation Case Up for Sale...

Potential buyers get a chance to bid for the former all-White Topeka, Kan., school that the daughter of the lead plaintiff in the historic Brown v. Board of Education desegregation case wanted to attend.

I wonder what some of the buyers have in mind to do with the building?

I think that it should be turned back into an active institution of learning.

It would be interesting to be able to walk through that school and feel the spirits of the students who once exercised their right to be able to attend in all White school

How important do you think it is for places like the Topeka Kansas school to become a historical landmark?

Do you think that historical Black landmarks have any effect on the Black community?

I live in Harlem and it is interesting to be able to see places that have been here when some of our great Black pioneers were around. It allows me to go back a moment in our history, and feel a sense of attachment to those that came before us.

It is even better to see these landmarks turned into museums or used for educational purposes.

What do you think?

Here is the full story:


The 22nd Black Management Association Conference

Keeping Up with the Huxtables


The Pit of the Week: Cafe 22

The Pit of the Week is back! For those of you that don't remember The Pit from A Different World, it was the popular hang out for the students that attended Hillman College.

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The girls and I recently dropped by Cafe 22 in Harlem. Cafe 22 is known as the house of the salmon cakes. We walked into the bright red decorated tiny restaurant on 7th avenue and I couldn't help but notice the pictures of historical moments in African American history hanging on the wall. For some reason I love to see these types of pictures hanging on the walls of Black establishments.

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I immediately realized I was thirsty and assumed this place had to have some Kool Aid. Boy was I right; they called it "Grandma's Punch". I was happy to taste the mix of sugar, water, and tropical flavors.

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One of the gals decided to try-out these so called famous salmon cakes. Opening the menu, we soon realized that this would be a long decision. They had paired salmon cakes up with every possible side. Salmon and waffles, salmon and eggs, salmon soup, and the list goes on.

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She decided to go with Salmon, mac & cheese, and broccoli. I couldn't wait to try some of hers! I picked up the fork and went in for the test. I took a bite and....they were good. I think my moms are better, but they were worth possibly going back in the future.

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The Cafe 22 experience was quit entertaining also. The waiter gave us our laugh for the night. He was having a conversation with the manager of the spot and it went a little like this:

Waiter: "Man I really need somewhere to chill. I think that I might go chill with my shorty, but then again my girl be trippin. They both be trippin, I don't know where I am going to chill. You know what...I'm like F*** both of them, I'm going to just chill with my baby mama instead"

****** pause********

We all look around shocked at not only the fact that he was deciding between chillin with his girl and shorty, but then he had the nerve to throw in a third party...the baby mama"

The waiter then says that his baby mama be trippin also, so he was just gone go chill with his boy. My girl yells out, "Why this fool can't just go home".

We all started laughing, he didn't have the same reaction. lol

The waiter goes on and on about his sex life, and how he is overwhelmed with all of these girls. I'm thinking, whose fault is that?

Anyways, all in all he made the Cafe 22 experience even better. A night of laughs, salmon cakes, and Grandma Punch made Cafe 22 The Pit of the Week.

Cafe 22 : 2309 7th Avenue

Like my craving for Kool aid and Salmon cakes, what childhood food or drink was your favorite?


Keeping Up Daily

Guess who is moving into the White House with the Obama's!

Obama meets Spider-Man ...a special issue of Marvel's "The Amazing Spider-Man"

Obama's Plan can Save up to 4 million jobs


Friday's Top Ways to Keep up with the Huxtables..

From the Culinary Goddess and The Socialite:

As the new year begins and all of you out there are making your resolutions remember Natural is always better! Here's my top three ways to keep up in the kitchen!

1. Eat 5 times a day! three full meals and 2 snacks. (try raw carrots and celery they're known to naturally whiten teeth)

2. Drink your alcoholic beverages on the rocks....the more mixing agents the more calories!

3. Use fresh herbs they provide the necessary antioxidants for a healthy diet!

-The Culinary Goddess

1. This week I learned a new lesson. A friend said that until you are taken out of your comfort zone, you never truly can be at the top of your game. When things are easy there is no challenge. When there is no challenge, there is no true growth. Next week find a way to challenge yourself...and see your improvement instantly.

2. Instead of making a list of resolutions that you probably will not stick to, try picking out one major goal and putting your all into it. It is simple to say that you will do something...the key is finally sticking through one of them!

3. Today I would like to point out that if there is one group of people that needs to Keep is the people that work in our justice system. They continue to do things that break the rules that have been put in place, yet expect us to follow them. Take a look at what happened to this young black man on New Years:

-The Socialite


Discrimination in Advertising Industry

Today the NAACP news reported on a major issue of discrimination in the advertising industry in New York. Bias against African-American professionals was found in pay, hiring, promotions, assignments, and other areas.

Out of this study the Madison Avenue Project was created. The Madison Avenue Project was created in 2008 to address the discrimination issue.

"The Madison Avenue Project is designed to send a special wake up call to the advertising industry," Ciccolo added. "It's time for Madison Avenue to wake up to civil rights and to the meaningful inclusion of African Americans in this highly segregated industry."

The study, entitled "Research Perspectives on Race and Employment in the Advertising Industry," was conducted by a leading research firm, Bendick and Egan Economic Consultants.

Below is their findings:

Overall, the findings reveal that racial discrimination is 38 percent worse in the advertising industry than in the overall U.S. labor market, and that the "discrimination divide" between advertising and other U.S. industries is more than twice as bad now as it was 30 years ago.

Specific findings include:

Black college graduates working in advertising earn $.80 for every dollar earned by their equally-qualified White counterparts;

Based on national demographic data, 9.6 percent of advertising managers and professionals should be African-Americans. The actual percentage in 2008 is 5.3 percent, representing a difference of 7,200 executive-level jobs;

About 16 percent of large advertising firms employ no black managers or professionals, a rate 60 percent higher than in the overall labor market;

Black managers and professionals in the industry are only one-tenth as likely as their White counterparts to earn $100,000 a year;

Blacks are only 62 percent as likely as their white counterparts to work in the powerful "creative" and "client contact" functions in advertising agencies;

Eliminating the industry's current black-white employment gap would require tripling its Black managers and professionals.

The Madison Avenue Project is led by the NAACP and attorney Cyrus Mehri, of Mehri & Skalet, PLLC, who has won several multi-million dollar discrimination settlements

"Today we are sending a message to the advertising industry: this conduct is unacceptable and must change," Mehri said today.

The NAACP also plans to circulate the report not just to its members, but also to Fortune 100 companies to urge them to stop aiding and abetting widespread discrimination by this industry.

Come on Advertising Industry...its 2008..Keep Up!


40th NAACP Image Awards...And the Nominees Are...

40th NAACP IMAGE AWARDS Airs Live Thursday, February 12 On FOX

And the nominees are:

Outstanding Comedy Series

• “30 Rock” (NBC)
• “Everybody Hates Chris” (CW)
• “The Game” (CW)
• “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne” (TBS)
• “Ugly Betty” (ABC)

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy

• Donald Faison – “Scrubs” (NBC)
• LaVan Davis – “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne” (TBS)
• Paul James – “Greek” (ABC Family)
• Terry Crews – “Everybody Hates Chris” (CW)
• Tyler James Williams – “Everybody Hates Chris” (CW)

Outstanding Actress in a Comedy

• America Ferrera – “Ugly Betty” (ABC)
• Cassi Davis – “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne” (TBS)
• Tia Mowry – “The Game” (CW)
• Tichina Arnold – “Everybody Hates Chris” (CW)
• Tracee Ellis Ross – “Girlfriends” (CW)

Outstanding Drama Series

• “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC)
• “House” (FOX)
• “Lincoln Heights” (ABC Family)
• “The Unit” (CBS)
• “The Wire” (HBO)

Outstanding Actor in a Drama

• Anthony Anderson – “Law & Order” (NBC)
• Blair Underwood – “In Treatment” (HBO)
• Dennis Haysbert – “The Unit” (CBS)
• Hill Harper – “CSI: NY” (CBS)
• Omar Epps – “House” (FOX)

Outstanding Actress in a Drama

• CCH Pounder – “The Shield” (FX)
• Chandra Wilson – “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC)
• Loretta Divine – “Eli Stone” (ABC)
• Nicki Micheaux – “Lincoln Heights” (ABC Family)
• Wendy Davis – “Army Wives” (Lifetime)

Outstanding Television Movie, Mini-
Series or Dramatic Special

• “24: Redemption” (FOX)
• “A Raisin in The Sun” (ABC)
• “Accidental Friendship” (Hallmark Channel)
• “House of Saddam” (HBO)
• “Racing For Time” (Lifetime)

Outstanding Actor in a Television
Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic

• Andre Braugher – “The Andromeda Strain” (A&E)
• Ben Vereen – “Accidental Friendship” (Hallmark Channel)
• Charles S. Dutton – “Racing For Time” (Lifetime)
• Sean Combs – “A Raisin in The Sun” (ABC)
• Sean Patrick Thomas – “A Raisin in The Sun” (ABC)

Outstanding Actress in a Television
Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic

• Audra McDonald – “A Raisin in The Sun” (ABC)
• Chandra Wilson – “Accidental Friendship” (Hallmark Channel)
• Phylicia Rashad – “A Raisin in The Sun” (ABC)
• Sanaa Lathan – “A Raisin in The Sun” (ABC)
• Vanessa Williams – “Flirting With Forty” (Lifetime)

Outstanding News/ Information –
(Series or Special)

• “American Gangster” (BET)
• “Anderson Cooper 360: Race in America” (CNN)
• “An Oprah Winfrey Show Special Event: The Dream Lives – A
Martin Luther King Day Special” (Syndicated)
• “In Conversation: Michelle Obama Interview” (TVOne)
• “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” (HBO)

Outstanding Talk – (Series)

• “Iconoclasts: Venus Williams & Wyclef Jean” (Sundance
• “Judge Mathis” (Syndicated)
• “Tavis Smiley” (PBS)
• “The Tyra Banks Show” (CW)
• “The View” (ABC)

Outstanding Reality – (Series)

• “American Idol 7” (FOX)
• “Dancing with the Stars” (ABC)
• “Keyshia Cole: The Way It Is” (BET)
• “Project Runway” (Bravo)
• “Run’s House 5” (MTV)

Outstanding New Artist

• Anthony David (Soulbird/Universal Republic)
• Estelle (Atlantic/Homeschool)
• Jazmine Sullivan (J Records)
• Jennifer Hudson (Arista)
• Leona Lewis (J Records/Syco)

Outstanding Male Artist

• Chris Brown (Jive/Zomba)
• Common (G.o.o.d. Music/Geffen Records)
• Jamie Foxx (J Records)
• John Legend (Columbia Records)
• ( Music Group/Interscope Records)

Outstanding Female Artist

• Alicia Keys (J Records)
• Beyoncé (MusicWorld/Columbia Records)
• Jennifer Hudson (Arista)
• Mariah Carey (Island Def Jam)
• Rihanna (Island Def Jam

Outstanding Music Video

• “If I Were A Boy” – Beyoncé (MusicWorld/Columbia Records)
• “Single Ladies” – Beyoncé (MusicWorld/Columbia Records)
• “Spotlight” – Jennifer Hudson (Arista)
• “Superwoman” – Alicia Keys (J Records)
• “Yes We Can” – ( Music Group/Interscope)

Outstanding Album

• Beyoncé – “I Am…Sasha Fierce” (MusicWorld/Columbia
• Jennifer Hudson – “Jennifer Hudson” (Arista)
• Kanye West – “808 & Heartbreaks” (Island Def Jam)
• Ne-Yo – “Year of the Gentleman” (Island Def Jam)
• Seal – “Soul” (Warner Bros. Records)

Outstanding Motion Picture

• “Cadillac Records” (Sony Music Film/Parkwood Pictures)
• “Miracle at St. Anna” (Touchstone Pictures)
• “The Secret Life of Bees” (Fox Searchlight)
• “Seven Pounds” (Columbia Pictures)
• “Tyler Perry’s The Family That Preys” (Lionsgate)

Outstanding Actor in a Motion

• Derek Luke – “Miracle at St. Anna” (Touchstone Pictures)
• Don Cheadle – “Traitor” (Overture Films)
• Jeffrey Wright – “Cadillac Records” (Sony Music Film/Parkwood
• Rob Brown – “The Express” (Universal Pictures)
• Will Smith – “Seven Pounds” (Columbia Pictures)

Outstanding Actress in a Motion

• Alfre Woodard – “Tyler Perry’s The Family That Preys”
• Angela Bassett – “Tyler Perry’s Meet The Browns” (Lionsgate)
• Dakota Fanning – “The Secret Life of Bees” (Fox Searchlight)
• Queen Latifah – “The Secret Life of Bees” (Fox Searchlight)
• Rosario Dawson – “Seven Pounds” (Columbia Pictures)

More Categories to come!
What do you think so far?


Do You Fall Victim to Others Opinions?

Have you ever had a moment of clarity? A moment where you realize that everything that you thought you were doing right might not be the right thing to do. Have you ever realized that you were trying to live up to how people thought you were, and not living up to who you really are?

I had an interesting conversation a while back about perceptions and how they can become reality. Has someone ever told you something about yourself, and you didn’t really think that was you, but it sounded good, so you thought why not live up to it?

This happens in a positive and negative way. Someone could tell you that they think you are so dedicated and hard working. From that point on you might strive to prove them right. That works in your benefit, because those are positive qualities to have.

However, someone might tell you that all you are Black and that you will never be able to succeed in life. So you begin to bring that statement into your reality. You get caught in the system and then you really never succeed in life.

Although one has a positive outcome, and the other does not, both of them indicate that you are not living for you; you are living based on what others think of you.

Today I want everyone to take a moment and ask God for clarity. Ask yourself who am I? This year take the first step toward living for you, and not other people.

Write down a list of characteristics about yourself and try to ignore the qualities that you heard other people say about you. Then think about how those qualities can help you succeed in life. As Black people we tend to fall victim the most to outside opinions. The bad thing about listening to other people to define yourself is that most people do not have your best interest at heart. They will give opinions of you not to help you, but to break you down.

Don’t be a victim to opinions!


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Obama and all the living U.S. Presidents sit down for lunch...

It still amazes me to see Obama sitting across from people that have come before him, and he being the only face of color. "Let us all break bread together" Has that come true?

What type of advice will these past President's give him?

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New Year, New Look, New YOU!!!

Greetings gentle readers, Sartorially Savvy here with 2009’s first piece on how to sartorially “Keep Up…” It’s a new year, and prime time to upgrade yourself in every way possible!!! Including your wardrobe, which is where I have the privilege of coming in! In the beginning of the year, try to step up your sartorial game… simply put, dress up and be more stylish. Now’s the perfect time to do a slight “style reinvention” if you will, of yourself. Now, I know what you may be thinking, but this doesn’t have to cost a dime!!! (I know, we’re still in a recession!) You can definitely utilize what’s already in your closet and jewelry box to take it up a notch! Fellas, the next time you’re thinking of just pairing jeans w/a simple tee, why not try implementing some of the advice of previous pieces, and layer it a bit by throwing on a vest or blazer?

The next time you’re getting dressed for your day, instead of throwing on a pair of sneakers, try a loafer, boot, or driver? Use your tailored garments to add an air of customization to your ensembles. As opposed to your favorite 7’s, True’s or R&R’s, or perhaps even your favorite pair of vintage Levi’s, try a pair of khaki pants, flat front navy chinos, or better yet wool slacks. These items, which are usually reserved for dressier occasions and ensembles, will instantly dress up your tee or polo.

The opposite technique is also useful. If you’re going to be wearing a pair of jeans, stick to darker washes, they give a dressier look compared to lighter washes. Pair these with your button down shirts and throw a vest or sweater on top to polish off the look. You’ll instantly look more dressed up. And of course, adding a classic necktie to your button down shirts upgrades you that much more. Keep your ties in proportion, no gigantic knots, and the color compliment your shirt, vest, or sweater. Those of you who are more brazen gentlemen can also use jewelry to upgrade yourself… A gold watch, small gold chain (We’re not talking Soulja Boy or Young Berg here gents…) or bracelet also adds a touch of sophistication to your outfits. Keep your sneakers classic and save the J’s for the court. Dunks, Chuck Taylor’s and, Stan Smith’s all add a classic yet sporty silhouette to any ‘fit.

Ladies… As usual, when it comes to style, you all have it a bit easier than we gents. Throwing on a pair of heels instantly dresses up anything you decide to put on. You know full well how your entire look changes when you take off the sneakers and throw on the stilettos. Use this to your advantage! A current, yet classic trend in fashion is the belted waist. Everywhere we turn recently, we’ve seen the belted waist, all over magazines, TV, movies, and the concrete runway. Use your wide belts, skinny belts, chain belts, all belts to belt your blouses, camisoles, and even jackets. Creating a classic hourglass figure instantly dresses up and adds an air of sex appeal to your silhouette. Ladies you also have secret weapon in the “Upgrade Game” so to speak… And it’s right underneath your nose… On your dresser! Your jewelry box provides you endless possibilities for dressing up ensembles. Add a few baubles to your daily ensembles to give them that extra *umph*, a few necklaces, a brooch or bracelet or two, earrings and perhaps even a ring will add sparkle to what you’re already wearing, and sparkle automatically dresses up whatever it’s with.

So, readers in ’09, let’s step it up, to “Keep Up…” there’s never harm in being a tad over dressed, the worst case scenario is that people where you are will think you have somewhere better and more glamorous to be after you depart!!! Dress up to “Keep Up…” in ’09!!!

Stylishly yours,
Sartorially Savvy
(“Fashions fade, but style is eternal” – Yves St. Laurent)


Keeping Up Daily

Check out Up and Coming artist LE DOUBLE NY and his video "Miss My Go"


Young and Keeping Up- Rachel Brown

A teacher turned music artist says that her goal is to inspire her listeners through her music. Sounds like to me we have found another person that is Young and Keeping Up!

Born in Lufkin, Texas, Rachel Brown was signed to Urban Music Group in 2007. Rachel became recognized due to the success of her CD entitled "Love, Life & Relationships" and her hit single “Let’s Fall In Love Again,” which reached #1 on the Billboard R&B Single Sales Chart in the spring of 2007.

Rachel is an up and coming R&B singer/songwriter that has been praised for the positive messages that she promotes through her lyrics. Lines like, "I got to learn to love me before I try to love someone else", from her song "Learn to Love me", are lyrics that help her reach her goal of becoming a positive role model for women.

Rachel Brown has played with artist such as:

Mario, Tank, Franky Beverly & Maze, Keith Sweat, Noel Gourdin, Lenny Williams, Calvin Richardson, Confunkshun

Rachel has quickly learned that once you start KEEPING UP you must help others Keep Up. This holiday season Rachel wanted to bring a holiday cheer to a special family. On December 15th she donated a $250 Visa gift card to a special family this Christmas season in hopes of brightening their holiday.

Keeping up with the Huxtables would like to say congrats to Rachel for all of her success so far and good luck in her future endeavors. A special congrats for making the list of Young and Keeping Up.

We encourage you to check out her personal website @

Take a minute to also listen to her video below and let us know what you think.

Make sure to also show her some love below.


Recipe of the Month: The Perfect Soup & Sandwich

You know what I love most about coming in from a long day out in the cold? A nice bowl of hot soup and a great sandwich. It warms me from the inside out and satisfies my hunger at the same time…there really is nothing better! This month I’ll show you a quick Crab & Corn Chowder to go with a hearty Turkey Sandwich.

Crab & Corn Chowder

½ Stick of Butter
1 medium onion finely chopped
¼ cup of flour
4 cups heavy cream
1 tsp minced garlic
Salt, Pepper
1 package frozen sweet corn
1 lb Lump Crab Meat (shells & cartilage removed)
¼ cup sliced green onion for garnish

In a medium sauce pan melt the butter and sauté the chopped onion until tender, then add the garlic. Stir in the flour until you create a nice roux. Slowly add the heavy cream until it thickens. This should about 20 minutes. Once the mixture has thickened add the sweet corn and salt and pepper to taste. Add the crab meat and heat through. Ladle your soup into a nice big bowl and garnish with green onion.

Turkey Sandwich

2 Slices of Potato Scallion Bread (or bread of your choice)
¼ lb of honey roasted turkey
3 Slices beef bacon (or bacon of your choice) cooked
2 Slices of Roma Tomato
1 leaf Bibb Lettuce
2 tsp Peppercorn Ranch Salad Dressing
1 Slice Gruyere Cheese
2 Slices Ripe Hass Avocado

Toast your sliced bread and place the Peppercorn Ranch dressing on each side. On one slice layer your cheese, turkey, tomato, lettuce, bacon and avocado. Salt & Pepper to taste and finish with the last slice of toasted bread. Slice this delicious sandwich in half sit down and enjoy your lunch!

Go get Warm!
From My Kitchen to Yours
The Culinary Goddess


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