Wednesday Wrap Up

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Iman Shumpert Crazy Crossover

Nets forward Paul Pierce was hit with a tough crossover Tuesday night Nets vs. Knicks. Knicks shooting guard  Iman Shumpert gave Paul Pierce the business with this move:

Serena Williams Graces The Cover Fitness May Issue

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Serena talks about treating her body right and eating healthy. She also open ups about insecurities.

When I was young I thought I should be built more like an athlete — long and lean — not with a womanly figure. But then people my age started coming up to me, saying, ‘I love you because of the way you look.’ They could relate to me. That was really motivating. So I learned to be proud of my curves and to embrace my large boobs and my butt. It’s all about loving who you are and realizing that you’re beautiful.

Her Fitness issue when it hits newsstands on April 22.

Jay-Z News

I’m a Bey stan & Jay Z is my favorite rapper so imagine how happy I was when I heard this news today! All over social meda is that Jay-Z and Beyonce will be doing The Mr. and Mrs. Carter world show tour this summer. 20-stadium tour across the U.S. beginning in June. My fingers are crossed that I can make the NY show.

In more Jay-Z news…. Mr. Carter and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced that this year’s Budweiser Made in America festival will take place in Los Angeles as well as Philadelphia. No announcement about who will play on this year’s lineup. Presale tickets are available for Philadelphia.

 

 

 

 

Model Mondays: Jenny Packham Uses Plus Size Models at NYBFW

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Over the weekend I was scrolling through Instagram and I noticed Marie Claire posting pictures from New York Bridal Fashion Week (NYBFW). What stood out the most to me was the beautiful, Jenny Packham 2015 Bridal collection. I was so happy to see plus size models Marquita Pring and Ashley Graham walking the runway. Marquita opened the show in a stunning embroidered floor-length gown. Ashley closed the show with an elegant floor-length flowy gown.

To see the full video Jenny Packham’s runway show site, click here.

To see the full Jenny Packham 2015 Bridal Collection, click here.

Photo Credit: Robert Mitra

Friday Favorites

I wanted to share some of my favorites things from this week.

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Oprah

Oprah just gets better with age! Here she is 60 years old and slaying the May’s cover of O Magazine. She is definitely on her #HealthyCurves movement too. I’m a proud subscriber to her magazine and I can’t wait to attend her The Life You Want Weekend Tour when it hits DC.

Valeisha Butterfield-Jones

Valeisha Butterfield-Jones is a woman I know and admire. She is co-founder of Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network (WEEN), an award winning political strategist (Obama Administration & Campaign), and lifestyle expert. She is a woman of many hats and now she will be adding author to her impressive achievements.  Her book “The GirlPrint” will be available June 3, 2014. You can pre-order now from Amazon.

The Crystal Cult

The Crystal Cult is a designer I found while scrolling on Instagram. If you follow me on there, you know I love some sunglasses. Founded by actress Olivia Alexander, The Crystal Cult is a growing Los Angeles brand that specializes in genuine Swarovski eyewear and much more. Prices range from $34 – $110.

Beautiful Textures

Tangle Taming Shampoo

Even though I rock my weaves for work, I am #TeamNatural underneath! I went to a 135th St agency event and got Beautiful Textures Tangle Taming Moisturizing Shampoo in a gift bag. I tried it this week and loved it. It left my hair soft, more manageable, clean & smelling good. I strongly suggest it. Check out Beautiful Textures products for your natural hair. You will be amazed how you can have straight hair without getting a relaxer.

Core DeJour


Core DeJour is an artist/designer I found via a friend’s sweatshirt that I fell in love with this past weekend. They have affordable hot tees and sweatshirts with iconic photos and sayings. I have to get their Wesley Snipes/New Jack City sweatshirt. It goes hard!

Chicago’s Urban Prep Academy Achieves 100% College Acceptance

Urban Prep Academies is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that operates a network of all-boys public schools including the country’s first charter high school for boys.

240 seniors at Chicago’s Urban Prep Academy have been accepted at four-year colleges or universities this fall. It’s the fifth year in a row the school has achieved exemplify excellence. On Tuesday the seniors celebrated at a school ceremony where they traded their red uniform ties for a red and gold striped tie which is a representation of their new triumph.

Image: Urban Prep Academy

Big Sean Officially Calls Off His Engagement

Big Sean has released a statement confirming that his engagement to actress/singer Naya Rivera has been called off, according to US Weekly.

“After careful thought and much consideration, Sean has made the difficult decision to call the wedding off,” the statement reads. “The recent rumors and accusations reported by so called or fake sources are simply untrue. Sean wishes Naya nothing but the best and it is still his hope that they can continue to work through their issues privately. We will not be commenting again on this matter.”

RIP Ultimate Warrior

The WWE lost a true legend. The Ultimate Warrior, one of the leading stars in professional wrestling history died Tuesday. It’s crazy because he was just inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. He was 54 years old.
“No WWE talent becomes a legend on their own,” he said. “Every man’s heart one day beats its final beat. His lungs breathe a final breath. And if what that man did in his life makes the blood pulse through the body of others, and makes them bleed deeper and something larger than life, then his essence, his spirit, will be immortalized. By the storytellers, by the loyalty, by the memory of those who honor him and make the running the man did live forever. You, you, you, you, you, you are the legend-makers of Ultimate Warrior,” he told a New Orleans crowd at Monday night’s Raw. 

My father and I watched WWF every Saturday. It was our father and daughter ritual. Today in honor of, go be the ULTIMATE WARRIOR of your LIFE! Be courageous, fight for what you believe in and do things to leave a legacy!

Beyoncé Covers Out Magazine

 

Beyoncé is the queen of secrets. Just like her platinum album there was no advance press on her cover of OUT magazine May issue. The May issue theme is power and who else is best to cover that? Beyoncé is a power house, musician, actress, and so much more. This is her first major cover of 2014.

 

Inside the issue, Beyoncé discusses how her music is sexually liberating, how the double standard still exists, and that women should “own” their sexuality. She says, “I’m very happy if my words can ever inspire or empower someone who considers themselves an oppressed minority. We are all the same and we all want the same things: the right to be happy, to be just who we want to be and to love who we want to love.”

 

 

 

 

 

The May issue of Out — the Power Issue — hits stand April 22

Photography by Santiago & Mauricio

Perfection In Posing Commercial

Check out the hot new commercial for the Perfection In Posing class in NYC. Hear what attendees said they loved about it! Hope to have you at the next one. Special thanks to Doug Swaim of Never Forgotten PhotographyLondyn Nikole of Whiplash Luxury Eyelash ExtensionsLanea Singleton of Arbonne Make-Up & Micaela Butcher of Exhale Spa!! Thanks to all who traveled & attended (you spot yourself)!

Very Touching Under Cover Boss

	Mitchell B. Modell, CEO & President of MODELLâ��S SPORTING GOODS, Americaâ��s oldest, family-owned-and-operated retailer of sporting goods and athletic wear, goes undercover in his company on the fourth season premiere of UNDERCOVER BOSS, Friday, Nov. 2 (8:00 â�� 9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Mitch Modell, after transformation. Photo: Craig Blankenhorn/CBS �©2012 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved.

“Undercover Boss” is one of my favorite shows that I feel you can learn a lot about running a business & also about humanity. Watching this episode had me in tears!!! A homeless woman receives a much needed blessing when Mitchell B. Modell, CEO & president of Modell’s Sporting Goods gifted one of his associates with a $250,000 check when he learned she had been living in a homeless shelter with her two kids. Just goes to show you angels still exist & when you get out & help yourself, someone will come & help you too!

Click play below and it will take you directly to the scene I’m speaking of.

Model Mondays: Maria Borges Covers Vogue Portugal

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Model Maria Borges is on the cover of Vogue Portugal May 2014 Issue. The 21 year old Angolan model is known among the biggest names in fashion. Vogue Portugal named her catwalk renegade and model of the moment. She also took the top spot for black models at New York’s 2014 Fashion Week walking 19 shows in one season!

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Photographed: Rui Aguiar
Fashion Editor: Paul Macedo
Hair: Miguel Viana
Makeup: Cristina Gomes