AOL Black Voices points out that it is great that Princess Tiana is black, but wait for it....her Prince is not! Prince Naveen of Maldonia is voiced by a Brazilian actor, and his skin is ... tan. His hair and features are decidedly non-black
So I guess Disney isn't ready for a black man to be called a Prince yet. I don't understand why we can't ever just get the real deal? Would it have been so bad to just make the entire royal family black? Hey the First family is black.
Originally, the black princess was named Maddy, a maid working for a white family set in 1920s New Orleans. Glad they changed that...
Either way I will be checking out the movie and seeing how our first Black Disney Princess will be portrayed.
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What do you think about Princess Tiana not having a Black Prince?
Tyson is acclaimed indie director James Toback's stylistically inventive portrait of a mesmerizing Mike Tyson. Toback allows Tyson to reveal himself without inhibition and with eloquence and a pervasive vulnerability. Through a mixture of original interviews and archival footage and photographs, a startlingly complex, fully-rounded human being emerges. The film ranges from Tyson's earliest memories of growing up on the mean streets of Brooklyn through his entry into the world of boxing, to his roller coaster ride in the fun house of worldwide fame and fortunes won and lost. It is the story of a legendary and uniquely controversial international athletic icon, a figure conjuring radical questions of race and class. In its depiction of a man rising from the most debased circumstances to unlimited heights, destroyed by his own hubris, TYSON emerges as a modern day version of classic Greek tragedy.
Do you think more people look at Mike Tyson as an American Icon or have they let his trials and tribulations take over the image they have of him?
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This is true for both genders. Social events are excellent venues to show off your personal style. You always want to make sure you put your best (bamboo buckled Gucci loafered) foot forward!
Do attend fashion week shows, they set the tone for the seasons to come. Anyone trying to keep up in the fashion world will have loads of stories surrounding Fashion Week, weather it's NY, Paris or LA. Try to get out to the shows. If you cannot make it, look at footage online. You cannot keep up if you do not know what's hot on the runway!
It’s cool to attend fashion shows if you can. The opportunity to go and see men’s shows isn’t as prevalent as it is for the women, b/c there simply aren’t as many, however, if you want to check out the ladies shows, by all means, do so. You might just meet a stunner who catches your eye. But to not miss a beat as to what’s going on on the runways, we recommend checking websites of your favorite fashion magazines to check the collections. That way you can see what’s new and hot, and incorporate it into your wardrobe.
Do read all fashion publications and stay on top of trends (styles and color) use them for inspiration. From Vogue to Harpers you should read through these pages every month. Read the articles. Rip out pictures. Be inspired. If you want to know the color of the season, you'll find in within the pages of your favorite fashion publication.
We couldn’t agree more!! We live by our GQ and Details; it’d be a sad month without them. The advice given by team Baby Phat is pretty gender neutral and really sound. Just switch out “Vogue and Harpers” to L’Uomo Vogue, Esquire, GQ, Details, Nylon Guys, or whatever you read every month. You’ll find yourself good and current on more than just the fashion world.
To this we’d say, instead of Women’s Wear Daily (which is what WWD stands for) we’d suggest men.style.com. The coverage is quite comprehensive; you’ll be hard pressed to not find what you’re looking for.
Do KNOW your designers. Be able to recognize signature pieces. Imagine rushing down 5th ave trying to make it to the office in time, when you notice a fashionista with to die for pumps on. Without enough time to ask any questions you quickly notice the red bottom on her shoe. Return to your desk and instantaneously go online to Bergdorf and find the Christian Louboutin pumps. What happens if you didn't know who was famous for the red bottom? Should we say... doomed?
Once again, we wholeheartedly concur. We’d switch out pumps for horse bit buckle loafers for the fellas. You could pop on your Blackberry to Nieman’s website and know that those loafers you’re coveting come straight from the new Gucci cruise collection. Crisis averted.
Do know your size. Fit is everything! Too big never works. Too small even worse. Know your size. Get a tailor. Make your clothes work for you!
Now gentle readers, we should all know by now how S dot Savvy feels about fit and sizing. We’ve written entire articles, in great details, about it (see here)
Fellas, definitely try new things!! …within reason. For example, skinny jeans… It ain’t for everybody! However, we encourage you to try a new color, or mix up your go-to’s. Like instead of your favorite jeans, try a pair of khaki’s or chinos one day for a more polished look.
This is also great advice!! Use that iPhone, Treo, Blackberry!!! Store those contacts and while you’re chillin’ on the train, or waiting for that next meeting or class to start, send out a quick email to a new contact you established. You never know who knows who or what. You might miss out because you’re slackin’!!!
Do read the masthead. Familiarize yourself with top fashion editors. Anna Wintour. Andre Leon Talley. Glenda Bailey. Meredith Melling Burke. Please know who they are!
Simply put, we live by the masthead. Ask the Socialite, she’ll tell you! We’re trying to be friends with Jim Nelson, Adam Rapoport, Daniel Peres, and Michael Macko. Just saying…
Don't starve yourself. God did not intend for the entire world to be a size 0
As men, we don’t really starve ourselves… But I would say, eat healthier, if not to fit into your ideal size, but to live a longer happier, healthier life, and enjoy the Burberry trench coat that you’ve invested in!
Don't believe the hype. Every trend is NOT to be followed
Once again, we’ll go back to the skinny jeans example we used above… It ain’t for everybody!!! If you have the body to pull it off, then by all means, indulge, however, if “skinny” isn’t exactly your cut, stick to what works and flatters YOU and YOUR body. (This applies to both genders)
Don't over do it. Be natural. Do what makes you feel good.
We couldn’t agree more. There’s no need for the Ed Hardy hoodie with the Christian Audigier screen tee and the studded True Religion’s. It’s just a bit much. Tone it down about 10 notches.
That being said gentle readers, we hope that both genders feel abreast on how to Keep Up… with the fashion world. As always, we’re here to answer any questions you might have!!! Until next time… We remain,
“Fashions fade, but style is eternal” ~ Yves Saint Laurent
Chicken Salad Wrap
2lbs Thin Sliced Boneless Chicken Breast
2 Granny Smith Apples diced
2 large carrots diced
1 large red onion diced
2 celery stalks diced
¼ Cup Mayo
¼ Cup Miracle Whip
1 tablespoon Spicy Mustard
1 teaspoon honey
Salt, pepper, garlic & onion powder
Splash on Apple Cider Vinegar
1 tablespoon butter
Tortilla Flour Wraps (I prefer spinach, sun dried tomato, or garlic)
Grated Aged Asiago Cheese
Season the chicken breasts with salt, pepper, garlic and onion powder. Cook in a sauce pan with the butter until browned. Once cooked dice the chicken and place in a bowl. Add the other diced ingredients and give a light toss. Add the Mayo, Miracle Whip, Mustard, Honey and Vinegar. Toss until fully mixed, season to taste. Place 2 spoonfuls of the salad in your desired wrap, sprinkle some of the cheese on top. Seal the wrap and enjoy!
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From My Kitchen to Yours
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What is the name and title of your debut book ?
Heartfelt: A Collection of Poems by Nicole D. Little and Lora R. McLeod
What inspired you to create a book of poems?
I have always loved to write. That's why I chose Journalism as a major at Hampton University. In High School I entered writing contests and wrote for my school newspaper. This book started from fun and leisure. Then as I continued to write I wanted to do a book about real life and the things that human beings experience or witness. I actually was inspired by a lady from my church who quit her corporate job at Merrill Lynch to write books and start her own publishing company. While speaking to her one day she said, "If you want to accomplish something in life, accomplish it now. Don't wait until you are 30 and 40 years old." Her words woke me up and inspired me. From that day forward I decided that I wanted to publish a book and I wasn't going to wait.
This book was created with you and your mom. How was that and how did the idea come about?
Well basically I told her that I wanted to publish a book and she wanted to get on board. Since she is my mother I couldn't tell her no. I'm only joking but anyway she writes great and her poems are really deep. I thought that it would be a great idea to have my mother write a couple of poems for my first book.
What type of relationship do you and your mom have?
What is the message you want readers to get after reading the poems?
The message is that we all go through things in life and we all have to overcome obstacles. At 23 years old I have witnessed a lot. There is a lot that I haven't witnessed but there is a lot that I have witnessed. I just wanted people to know that they are not alone in this crazy world and there is always room for change in your life. There is always room to gain knowledge and learn not only from others but from yourself. Actually the greatest teacher on this earth will be YOU and the experiences YOU go through.
What is your favorite poem? Why?
Awww man I have a lot. This is a hard question. So, I will name the ones I really like. Diva Gals, When He Cheated, When She Cheated, and Just Be. I actually like Diva Gals the most because it's a poem for the ladies. Its a poem honoring all my Divas. Divas just don't dress nice or look nice but they are educated and hard working women. I also love a couple that my mother wrote. Here they are: Why Wont You Listen?, Can't You Hear?, My Nieces My Queens, and The Beautiful Women in our Family.
What are a few of your dreams, aspirations or goals?
Well, this will not be my only book for sure. I would like to do another book of poems within the next 2 years. I would also like to write a couple of novels down the road. My main goal is to write for a major magazine within the music/fashion industry and maybe one day creating a magazine of my own.
The sky is the limit and I will make sure that everyday counts. Thanks so much for the love and support!!! You can find my book and make a purchase at www.authorhouse.com, www.amazon.com, and www.barnesandnoble.com.
Before we get into that, we have just a few caveats… Over the past decade or so, a trend regarding bags has emerged: The “it” bag, is a bag that essentially skyrockets into the stratosphere of popularity as if overnight, is carried by celebrities and fashionistas alike, but soon then fades into another forgotten memory, think the Dior Saddle, Balenciaga Motorcycle, and the Gucci Indy. These bags, and their knock-offs were seen EVERYWHERE. For the fortunate few who could afford to purchase them, we’re sure it’s nothing to go out and get next season’s “it” bag, but if you aren’t of those means, and had saved, or worked tirelessly to afford one of these, your once prized possession is now an ignored piece of iconography. Of course, this doesn’t mean you can’t still carry something you paid that much for (Lord knows we would if we had paid that much…), it is just our advice, that unless you have some secret hook up and you’re getting bomb discounts, or someone other than you is paying for these bags, that you avoid the “bag of the moment” trends and stick with something that’ll better endure the test of time.
And without further ado…
THE CLUTCH: Whether you copped yours from Judith Lieber or Forever 21, the clutch is the go-to bag for evening. Usually rectangular in shape, the classic clutch silhouette usually falls within the parameters of being 12in long and about half as high. Of course there are variations on this, but the purpose of the clutch is to be a bag you clutch (ha ha, get it!?!) either with your hand or to your body by placing it underneath your arm and holding it there. Clutches are for those days and occasions when you don’t have too much to carry, maybe a little lip gloss, cash, cards, phone and keys. An overstuffed clutch is not cute, you don’t want muffin tops on your pants, the same is true with your clutches, plus it defeats the purpose. Carry a bigger bag if you’ve got all that to tote around. Play with shape, texture and color in your clutches. For example, how hot would a purple python, triangular clutch be? Instantly you’ve got a bag that pops for all the right reasons. Make sure that your bag is a complementary contrast to your ensemble: Wearing navy? Try a candy apple red clutch. Rockin’ purple? Holla at the neon green clutch. And so on… This means, that no, your bag and shoes don’t have to MATCH, they should, however, be complementary. Make your bag selection fun, unique, make it YOU.
THE HANDBAG: Once again, varying in shape and size like the clutch, but sharing the common thread of being designed to be carried a certain way. Handbags (obviously) have handles for carrying either with the hands or in the nape of the arm. The hand bag is perfect for almost any occasion, its versatility lends itself to being the perfect day bag as well as being able (depending on size and design) to transition to some less formal evening functions. This is the bag to throw almost everything in; phone, keys, makeup, wallet, whatever else you may need that day. Some of our favorite shapes of handbags are the Fendi Spy, Louis Vuitton Speedy, and Hermés Kelly all of which have been translated by various other designers into different shapes, sizes and silhouettes. Our recommendation with your hand bags is that you keep them classic, coppin’ ‘em in leathers, and nice canvas’, thus ensuring that you’ll get more wear out of them, and they’ll last longer. This doesn’t mean you can’t play with color or pattern; you just might want to stick with colors and patterns that are generally neutral. For example, a that bangin’ red Chloe bag you saw at Bergdorf’s the other day, or the vintage tan Chanel you happened upon in that 2nd hand store, both of these options will most likely go with everything in your closet. A good handbag is a solid investment piece, some even look better as they age (Vuitton is a brand that ages spectacularly), will never go out of style, and will serve you well. Vary your shapes, sizes, and colors to make sure you’ve always got the RIGHT bag, even if it’s not the “it” bag.
THE SHOULDER BAG: Classic shapes like the hobo (think an enlarged crescent moon), are staples of the shoulder bag. Which is named as such, just like our other two selections, for the way it’s carried (over the shoulder! Who’da thunk?!!?) True enough, a lot of hand bags can be converted into shoulder bags by simply pulling out that handy dandy shoulder strap that sometimes comes with the bags, but that’s not what we’re talking about here. The topic at hand is bags that are designed to be carried over the shoulder. They’re usually bigger in proportion, and can carry almost everything. For those of you who are, for lack of a better term, “bag ladies” this is your bag. You live out of your purse; your entire life is contained into one big bag… Yep, that’s you right here. With these bags, play with color and texture as well, but avoid too much color variation. Realistically, how often are you going to carry the lime green leather hobo? Whereas if you have a brown leather hobo with some studded embellishment or a snakeskin shoulder bag, the likelihood of it being a bit more versatile is a bit higher. Use these bags if you have a day in which you have to carry a bit more than usual, or you just like to carry around the entire world. Like with the handbag, invest in a higher quality shoulder bag, as you are carrying more, you want something sturdy to hold your belongings, as well as a piece that will wear will and stand the test of time.
Ladies, we know there are plenty of other types of bags, but these 3 shapes/silhouettes should give you a good jumping off point for what should have in your closet, as well as what’s going to be the most versatile and give you more bang for your buck. We’ve put you well on your way to being in the front of the waiting list for the penultimate bag of all bags, The Birkin… Until next time…
“Fashions Fade, but style is eternal” ~ Yves Saint Laurent
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Still I Rise: A Graphic History of African Americans" is the New York natives explosive comic of the History of African Americans from slavery to President Baracks’s historic win. When he first started his journey into the comic book world back in 1991, he wanted an art form that allowed several people to use their creativity to collaborate on one project, much like to music. Laird then went to founded Posro Inc, one of the first black -owned independent comic book companies.
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· Was there a cover letter attached to it? No cover letter can mean no consideration for some hiring managers.
1. Always have business cards and be ready to network whenever you go out.
2. Get on email blast for events and RSVP to all of them. Select a few to go to and you will be amazed where you end up.
3. Try to meet someone cool at the event...they always know the next hot spot for the night.
4. Make sure that you always look for the person handing out the gift bags...there is likely to be something cool in the bag.
As I was reading today's (March 4th, 2009) NY Daily News I read a heart-wrenching article on 6-yr-old Jasmina Anema. Jasmina is suffering from a rare form of leukemia that doctors fear will take her life within two months unless she receives a bone-marrow transplant.
Jasmina is adopted and has no siblings. Without a donor match she WILL NOT LIVE!!!! Finding a donor match is IMPERATIVE and because she is African-American her match will most likely come from an AFRICAN-AMERICAN!!!!
"Further Complicating the search is that African-Americans are underrepresented in the national donor network and their DNA tends to be more varied" NY Daily News
"It's one in a million. We really need the African-American community to step up"- Jasmina's mother.
P.S. 41 is hosting a donor drive for Jasmina in NYC on SATURDAY (MARCH 7TH) at PUBLIC SCHOOL 41 (116TH W. 11TH ST.) FROM 10AM to 2PM. ( At the donor drive, NO bone marrow will be taken. They will conduct a simple cheek swap to see if you are a match for Jasmina)
PLEASE COME OUT, BRING A FRIEND, CALL FAMILY MEMBERS AND LET'S ALL COME TOGETHER TO HELP FIND JASMINA'S MATCH!!!
If you are unable to attend or live outside of New York City please click the link below to have the swab test mailed to you with return postage!
Let's get the word out and SAVE JASMINA!!!!!
"Because it's only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential"- Barack Obama
What does this Obama quote mean to you? What will you do to help Jasmina find her match? Why do you think African-Americans are underrepresented in the national donor network?
2. Have a picnic: Grab a picnic basket with some home-made goodies, a comfy blanket and spend a romantic day in the park.
3. Free wine-tasting: Most wine shops feature free promotional wine-tasting events, a perfect (and educational) date!
Greetings Gentle Readers, we hope that you enjoyed last week’s “must have…” and as the east coast is blanketed in snow, we’re sure many of you have found the cable knit crew neck sweater not only stylish, but warm as well! This week, we’ve got a new tool for you in your arsenal to build the complete wardrobe and truly be “Keeping Up…” stylishly!
The button-down oxford
Elementary, we know. But your classic button-downs are staples in the complete wardrobe. You can do almost anything with the button-down oxford; dress up, dress down. The key to these are the 2 “c’s” cut and color. By cut, we mean fit, but, we figured saying “cut and color” was a more witty way of saying things, as well as a way for you all to remember. A well fitting oxford can take you far. Fellas, a good way to find the perfect size for you, is to try a shirt on from a high end retailer like Brooks Brothers where they custom make their shirts, the measurement numbers will be a good guideline for sizing your shirts. Smalls are usually 14-14 ½ inches around in the neck and in the low 30’s in the sleeve length. Mediums are 15-15 ½ inches around in the neck and around 34/35 in the sleeve length. Larges are 16-17 inches around in the neck and 36 inches long in the sleeves. So even if the shirt doesn’t have those numbers on the tag, you can tell by the sizing. Ladies, we apologize, your button-downs are usually just by the S, M, L sizing. Sometimes, some designers and retailers will mark their button-downs with sizes that are consistent with your dress/pant size, so you may be able to find your 0,2,4,6 sizing and use that as a guideline. Now that cut is covered, concern yourself with color. You can never have too many button-downs in too many colors. Collect them like you use to collect Barbie and Hot Wheels back in the day! Try to get as many as you can in as many different colors possible, from the palest pink to the darkest black. This way you’ll have plenty of options and different colors come of dressier than others. Save your black button-downs for evening events and occasions, but your pinks (yes, fellas, you should have a pink button-down. It’s an extremely flattering and sophisticated color, and plays well with almost every other color in your closet) are versatile enough to go from day to evening and from the office to happy hour. Use that as a general rule, darker colors are generally better for evening, while most lighter colors can make a seamless transition.
Now, what to pair your button-downs with… Quite frankly, EVERYTHING, jeans, slacks, shorts, skirts, leggings, suits (obviously), cardigans, v-neck sweaters, crew neck sweaters. Almost everything in your closet you can put with a button-down. A favorite look of ours is an oxford (button-down) paired with a sweater either the exact same color or something completely contrasting. Let’s tie in last week’s must have for an example; we have an eggplant cable knit crewneck that we like to pair with our egg plant oxford for a monochromatic look OR we’ll put a Kelly green oxford underneath to play with contrasting color. Both are extremely stylish and sophisticated options. Pay no attention to “matching,” concern yourselves with coordination. When you do a look like that on top, keep the bottom neutral, dark denim jeans, khaki A-line skirts, grey trousers, black pencil skirts; all very stylish but simple. Accessorizing oxfords is just as easy as finding something to wear them with. Play with complementary and contrasting colors and proportions. Ladies, roll your sleeves up and throw on a chunky cuff or a bunch of bangles; pop the collar and leave the first 2 or 3 buttons open and layer strands of pearls. Fellas, roll your sleeves up and pair your button downs with ties that complement (don’t do too much contrasting here fellas, it can get a little dangerous) or roll the sleeves up and leave the first 2 or 3 buttons open to show a little skin, just keep it tasteful and appropriate…
So Gentle Readers, cop those colors!!! Buy those button-downs!!! They’ll never let you down and they’ll never go out of style. Until next time…
“Fashions fade, but style is eternal” ~ Yves Saint Laurent
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