Queens Of Color

Queen of Color: Zim Ugochukwu

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Spring Break for me is just around the river bend, which doesn’t mean much because I’ll be spending the week at home—probably in sweatpants—as usual. But since discovering Travel Noire, I have become fascinated with the idea of international jetsetting. While my bank account won’t permit any flights overseas any time soon, perusing the pages of Travel Noire has pushed me to think beyond our borders.  (more…)

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Queen Of Color: Zora Howard

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Although I don’t (really) write it, poetry has always been a refuge of mine. And The Strivers Row is a group of spoken word artists whose pieces have gotten me through such a multitude of highs, lows, laughs and lulls. Zora Howard belongs to this group, and I have been a fan of hers since I discovered her work. (more…)

Queen Of Color: Ashley Blaine Featherson

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If you’re anything like me, you’ve been binge watching online web series Hello Cupid and know exactly who this lovely lady is. And if you’re not anything like me, consider yourself officially hipped. Ashley Blaine Featherson plays Whitney, an intelligent but shy girl who gets mixed up in an unintentional love triangle between a guy she met online, his cousin and her roommate. She’s relatable, funny and authentic, and endearing, just as much as she is confusing. I highly suggest you watch the show, which Ashley helped create with Lena Waithe, the mastermind behind Dear White People & Twenties. (more…)

Introducing: The Queens of Color Series

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This week, the internet is teeming with fashionista photos, beauty product buzz and red carpet glamour. Weeks like this also open up the floor for conversation about the elephant in the tent (if you will), which is the lack of diversity in fashion. For an industry that relishes cultural influences like tribal prints and exotic colors, the runways still appear pale white season after season. Some designers are better than others, but fashion is still lacking as a whole. During the Fall/Winter 2013 NYFW, 82.7% of the 4479 looks were worn by white models. Now, I understand that designers may have a certain aesthetic in mind when designing a collection, and that aesthetic is often reflected on the catwalk. But the problem arises when you have a young, African-American or Indian-Australian girl watching a “ready-to-wear” show on her mother’s computer and feeling like no designer is ready for someone like her to wear their clothes. (more…)