Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Reclaimed Readables, August 25th

Greetings and salutations beauties!

Today's Readables feature 5 bun styles for naturalistas, how Pandora rebounded to the charmed life, 31 pieces of super comfy clothes, how to get rid of those under arm stains in 20 seconds, finding your perfect mascara wand, thrifting tips to find your statement jewelry, Aaliyah songs that are still fire, and the newest Nike commercial you've got to see.

Byrdie: 5 bun styles for natural hair
Racked: The charmed life of Pandora
BuzzFeed: 31 pieces of comfy clothes
WhoWhatWear: Get rid of under arm stains
Refinery29: Your perfect mascara wandthrift for statement jewelry, Aaliyah songs that are still great
Huff Post: The new Nike commercial is fierce AF

"Kylie Jenner Is Turning Into A Black Woman Right Before Our Eyes..."

I know. You saw the title and got offended. Don't be offended.

Or maybe, yes, be offended.

Either way, you're here now. This title is actually a line from the beginning of the poem below performed by Crystal Valentine and Aaliyah Jihad. This poem, called "Hide Your Shea Butter". This poignant, funny, and brutally honest poem initially shared by Huff Post discusses the sting of cultural appropriation felt by  black women daily.

It's a feeling I personally get as I create the Readables and see another post or tutorial of a traditional black hair style being butchered and then renamed or the 'newest; craze over coconut oil, or seeing the slicked "baby hair" edges connected to white faces, and then there is no mention of the culture who gifted you this look (also known as appropriation).

This is not personal shade on Kylie Jenner or any one of the Kardashian/Jenner brood. But it does make you think about a lot. Like, big booties, cornrows (not boxer braids), and bantu knots (not mini buns), elements appreciated only by black culture for centuries and formerly denigrated by white culture for just as long didn't become mainstream until a Kardashian or a Jenner attached themselves to it.

It's more than just seeing the beautiful and unique elements of your own culture being stolen before you day in and day out. It's the cultural memory imbedded within the ethnic conscious of Black people the pattern that still persists today of the theft of intellectual and creative property by a White culture that then butchers it and pretends that it is its own.

All while we are still trying to seek justice for our own often unarmed or law abiding brothers and sisters murdered before our eyes by White people who, more often than not, get away with the crime by a judicial system that has failed the Black populous (that it was never meant to protect). Theft and murder. And we are the ones called thugs...

Back to the poem, there were many great quotes from this 3 minute gem of hilarious truth. Here are some of the best quotes from this poem:
“It is not that we do not trust white women. It’s that Rachel Dolezal stole 14 black years and we have yet to retrieve them.”
"It's not that you just take what we create, it's that it always gets lost in translation."
“I say bantu knots, you give me mini buns. I say cornrows, you give me boxer braids. I say hip-hop, you give me Macklemore.”
"This has never been a conversation, its been a shitty game of telephone. It's been your ear pressed to the keyhole of the front door of the function. It's been you cutting my mic and singing the song that I wrote."
“It’s not that we don’t trust white people. It’s that you’ve called me a racist more times than you’ve called Darren Wilson a murderer.”
"Stop hyping up mediocre attempts at blackness."
"They will not Black Trivia their way into our dinner table"
"It's that you really think my Black looks better on you."
"We are leaving white folk to be creative on their God- damn own."

But don't take my word for it, take a listen to it yourselves.
Warning: This poem has some graphic language, but more important than that, it has some language that will make you laugh, but also get uncomfortable. That's what the truth will often do.

What are your thoughts on the poem? Let's talk! Comment below.

Reclaimed Readables, August 24th

Happy Wednesday loves!

Today's Readables feature the best color correctors and foundations for every skin tone, 11 affordable back packs, the actual no BS guide to drugstore makeup, the 4 Black women making the art world more inclusive, 9 sisters slaying Harley Quinn Cosplay, and the MAC collab every Taraji fan wants to see.

The Zoe Report: Best color correctors and foundation for each skin tone
Huff Post: 11 affordable backpacks
Byrdie: 5 brow gels put to the test
Refinery29: The actual no BS guide to drugstore makeup
The Cut: 4 Black Women making the art world more inclusive
BuzzFeed: Taraji X MAC, 9 black girls who are slaying as Harley Quinn

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

TuesdayShoesDay: Trend Alert: Tapestry woven shoes

The summer is (sadly) is winding down.

The good news is that the season all fashionistas love is upon us! Autumn is on its way and the beautiful trends are coming out left and right so we can prepress our wardrobe before the fall chill takes over the summer sun.

One trend quietly slipping into the spotlight is the Tapestry trend. Reminiscent of cozy woven blankets and updated with tribal and floral motifs, this trend is perfect for fall.

Here are a few beautiful examples, from stiletto heels to woven flats, all under $100 to get a step up in the trend game (see what I did there). Happy shoes day beauts!

TuesdayShoesDay: Trend Alert: Tapestry woven shoes

Reclaimed Readables, August 23rd

Happy Tuesday beauts!

This week #TuesdayShoesDay features the Converse style no one is talking about, 6 pairs perfect for summer to fall, velvet shoes ready for autumn, how style editors are saying their loafers, the ugly shoes celebs are clamoring for, the perfect pairs if you have weird shaped feet, the shoes we all wore in the 2000's are back, the Vogue approved eco friendly flats, perfect pair prepped for fall, over 30 pairs of super cute socks worth showing off, and 5 stylish shoes to pair with your summer wear.

The Converse shoe style no one talks about
6 shoe styles to take you from summer to fall
Pairs to satisfy your velvet shoe wants
How style editors style their loafers
The ugly shoe all the celebs are loving
The perfect shoes for weird shaped feet
These shoes from 2000's are back
Vogue approved eco friendly flats
The perfect shoe for autumn transitioning
31 pairs of super cool socks
5 stylish shoes to pair with your summer outfits