Guest Switch

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With my guest blog segment on the Hair of Heritage blog today, I am also taking over their Instagram. Basically giving me free reigns to go wild with everything from my hair thoughts to hair inspiration to my own wacky hairdo.

Make sure to check out the Hair of Heritage blog swap here and again, don’t forget about their Instagram. Click here for their IG.

Guest Post: Emma Thompson

 

What’s unique about your hair?

What I can say about my hair is that it has a life of itself and it is definitely special because it is my hair and it’s me. I guess that kind of answers the next question too but what makes it unique is that it is not a traditional afro nor can it be classified as anything else. It’s big, it’s curly, it’s an afro, it’s a pain in my ass and it’s just large and a lot.

I have literally tried everything that you can buy for all types of hair and nothing seems to work (anybody have any tips, please hit me up!!!) resulting in me not really embracing my hair as it is as well as I do not really appreciate it. Which is a real shame and I try to change that every day.

1“Hair is not just hair it’s a part of your identity” – do you agree?

I very much agree with this statement!!! It might be more significant to women and men with more texturized hair but I believe that it applies to everyone as well. I can only speak from personal experience and in my case you have to talk about hair just as much as you talk about my childhood and my life experiences. Growing up I started to hate who I was, how I looked and I hated my hair. Why?? Well because it was different and I didn’t fit in. I was bullied, discriminated against and racial remarks was a part of my everyday life so for me, my hair is a part of my identity. But I only came to realize this when I started to accept myself, love myself and actually appreciate who I actually am because I can never have straight blonde hair, I can never be white. I will never be like everybody else, I can’t and I will not fit into the mold society wants me to conform to and I most certainly will not try to change who I am to get accepted by others.

 


 

Don’t miss out on the whole interview over at Hair of Heritage.

 

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All Hail Jesse Williams!

You had the courage to say what many of us have been thinking and you constantly use what you have and the platform you have to push change.

I, for one, am grateful for everything that you do!

The thing is, though, the thing is that just because we’re magic, doesn’t mean we’re not real. – Jesse Williams

 

 

Read about the BET Awards and his speech at the NY Times.

 

Daydreaming!

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In recent days I have been craving the beach, sun and sand even though I live in a warm city……It might sound ever so strange but that’s life. I have also been wanting to drift away and daydreaming has become a reoccurring dilemma this past week.

So where do I drift off to? Well that is simple –> Trinidad and Tobago of course.

As the true Island Gurl that I am, I have been dreaming about the FOOD, RUM, the WHITE SANDY BEACHES, the TURQUOISE WATER and my FAMILY.

I haven’t been to the islands’ for over 2 years now and that is 2 years too many.

If you have been to the Caribbean before then you know what I’m talking about and if you haven’t had the chance yet then its high time to place your ass on a plane heading in that direction.

I’m not going to say too much again as the pictures talk all by themselves! And trust me when I say, you will be daydreaming just like me in no time!

All images are taken by me and no filters or enhancements are needed obviously.

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2 minutes with

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Moritz Krueger. 

 

So a couple of months ago when the sunglasses and optical brand Mykita celebrated 10 years in Thailand, I had the opportunity to interview Moritz Krueger, Mykita’s Co-Founder and Creative Director as 2Magazine press of course.

Remember my daytime/everyday job?

In the magazine we have a column called “2Minutes with” and so this time around it was about the man behind the designs. Mykita is a German brand based in Berlin where their manufacturing takes place as well and it has become one of the biggest high quality brand making sunglasses and glasses on an international scale. At the same time that they remain fairly low-key.

Here is my short but fun interview with Moritz. Because its only 2 minutes….kind off :

Describe the brand in 3 words:
Mykita Haus, Authentic, and Quality.

What is the craziest quality control test you do at Mykita?
For the Acetate model glasses temples we have a test called the Lambada test. You have a machine attached to the end of the temple that is dancing with it, pretty much dancing the Lambada. If the temple can dance and it holds then it is of good quality.

Best glasses or frames for…
A hangover: The Mylon model called Daggoo because it has long side shades.
Traveling: A pair from the Light collection. Comfortable, small, light-weight.
Impressing someone: The Acetate sunglasses. We invented a new hinge that is the smallest functioning carbon fiber spring ever to be used. It really shows Mykita’s modern manufacturing, precise-craftsmanship-meets-new-technology and, if you want to impress somebody, I think that you have to talk a little bit about design also.

mykita_high-snobiety_6-768x512The most expensive material that you have used?
Platinum coatings.

Dream collaboration?
If I say it, it will never come true. It’s bad luck! We have never approached our collaboration partners, really, and it always happened that they came to us so we’ll stick to this good karma and just let it happen and see what comes up.

What artists are on your playlist?
Kendrick Lamar and I have a playlist called “Old shit” that has like country music, Bob Dylan, and old school songs. I listen to The Smiths also. I like music but I am not so up-to-date anymore. Oh, and there is always Bach and his Goldberg variations.

When you were little, you wanted to be….
Sportsman, football player, volleyball player and photographer even.

If you were not designing and making glasses and sunglasses, what would you be doing?
I would be a sports commentator for football on television. I would do something with sports and I am at that age now where I can’t be a professional myself so I would choose to be a sports guy. Or I could even imagine myself as a fisherman in the Baltic Sea and the North Coast of Germany with my small boat and living a very simple life.


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It will be a long time till this happens and, with my perspective of today, I would say that I would still live in Berlin and the area around with a small country house surrounded by nature. I like the balance between living in an inspiring city and more of an island or oasis that is outside with water and nature and sailing.

But would you retire?
No, not really.

If you were a food, what food would you be?
I would be a fish…a Canadian salmon. The salmon has a very good life: it’s very free, fresh, lives in the water and nature, and it has an amazing trip through their life. They go back to where they were born, they give birth, and then they die. I think it’s a nice circle.

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My interview is also featured on 2Magazine’s website here.

 

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A year of change

Screenshot_2016-05-26-13-58-04-01Exactly 1 year ago, disregarding a few days, I did a photoshoot exactly here in Bangkok. The session was for a couple of friends of ours that have their own clothing label called Young and Hungry. The funny thing is that those shorts that I am wearing, I can no longer wear them as they are too small for my bum to fit in…Haha

And when having a photoshoot with me you will always have bloopers with me laughing my ass off! That’s just part of my process, well we’ll say that at least!

So much has changed in just 1 year, WOW!! What has change for you guys reading out there?

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The Pharrell and Adidas collaboration collection ‘Pink Beach’ is first of all STUNNING as well as the imagery is fantastic!!

It is so stunning that it, to me at least, feels more like a fluent piece of art or an art editorial rather than a fashion campaign. Let alone the fashion editorial for Adidas…

From background to lighting and the models, I’M IN LOVE!!!! The footwear and apparel collection in a way became 2 capsule collection as they were release on 2 separate occasions. One in the beginning of May with shirts, shorts, shoes and a whole apparel selection and the other part a couple of days ago. The second drop features more summer clothing for men, women and children including bikinis, swimtrunks, tanks and tees.

With Pharrell’s distinct designs and creative abilities, this is the collection to have!!! But if you are running low on funds, just like me, then the amazing campaign images can maybe satisfy your needs. Unfortunately for me, as I am completely obsessing over the collection and imagery, it is only making me want to buy everything in the collection even more.

I do actually need some shorts and a new bikini………

A huge “BIG UP” to the whole creative team! Really! Dutch photographer Viviane Sassen and Pharrell simply needs an extra mention once again.

And don’t miss the interview with Pharrell about ‘Pink Beach’ conducted by HYPEBEAST here.

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Equal rights for all?

I have been a bit M.I.A these past 2 weeks as I have worked like crazy, forgotten to write and post things as well as I have traveled  all over last week so these are my thoughts on an extraordinary event that I have been wanting to talk about ever since it happened.

So, on the first of May in the small world of Sweden there was a demonstration or a rally conducted by the Neo-Nazi party called the Nordic Resistance Movement where their 300 members walked the streets of Borlänge and were carefully protected by the police.

I truly believe that a picture says a thousand words and this is clearly what the epic image of Tess Asplund does. I wish I had 1/100 of her courage and strength and if I had the chance, I would have joined her.

Tess, I salute you!

 

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Photographer David Lagerlöf

The police protection is not the problem as Swedish law tries to fully lives up to the freedom of expression rights but the issue was and is the fact that when Tess Asplund expresses HER freedom of expression through standing firmly in the Neo-Nazis’ way, she is shoved and pushed away in order for the other demonstration to continue. This is not the first time something like this happens and it quite simply comes to show the double standards of Swedish views and stands on human rights that should apply for all.

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I am not going to write much about it as I would like you all to read about it yourself as well as the actions and image of Tess says it all! Read the article in The Guardian here and the small feature in Afropunk.

Lemon-aid or Lemonade

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With the EPIC release of Beyoncé’s new visual album Lemonade the other day, I think the hype has only escalated!!!! THE HYPE HAS NOT SETTLED!!! Watch the video on HBO or Tidal.

And with the release, there has been some contraversy…..Just like when Beyoncé released “Formation” and preformed at the Super Bowl. People are getting offended and wish for Beyoncé not to stand up for people like her. They plead for her not to bring politics and racism into her music.

But do you know why she is doing this?? She cannot simply sit on the sidelines anymore and watch the racism and injustice that she once faced herself. She wants change, change in order for her daughter to have a better and less of a struggle-filled life.

So NO, she will not back down and neither will Kendrick nor the Black Lives Matter organisation.

As a black woman, a mixed woman I thank Beyoncé and Kendrick and everyone that stands up for the injustice and racism I personally have experienced and still do. If role models and icons such as Beyoncé don’t speak up, then who will??

 

Piers Morgan, a British journalist for the Daily Mail, was quite vocal about his disappointment of Beyoncé and claimed that playing “The Race Card” was tacky of her as well as he stated that she exploited grieving mothers in order to sell albums. His long article about the “new” Beyoncé and what he thought about her new “agitating” direction quite frankly showed and put to light why she is doing this in the first place and why it needs to be done!!

Mr.Piers, your white privilege and ignorance is showing!

But we are not having it and that is why I will feature artist Jamelia’s written response as it simply says it all! It takes the words right out of my mouth! And have a look at the entire blog post here.

Jamelia’s letter to Mr.Piers Morgan is featured below :

DEAR PIERS…

I absolutely understand why you didn’t get the Beyoncé album, *newsflash honey*…it wasn’t made for you…and i’m going to need you to be cool with that.

Now, I found quite a few of the comments in your piece to be highly “inflammatory & agitating”. As a black woman, i am deeply offended by your lack of due care when writing this article, but i would like to take this opportunity to help you out, and assist you in making the whole “Lemonade thing” a little less bitter for you.
You are a middle aged, British white man, you have no idea, i repeat, NO. IDEA. What it is like to be a Black Woman, and furthermore, the sacrificial, struggle-filled, tongue-biting, mask-wearing fight it is to become a successful one.
Let me break this down for you;
Beyoncé’s album is not an attack on anyone, it is a celebration of strength, endurance and potential within black woman-hood. The fact that you are mad/uncomfortable/agitated about it, is evidence enough of how blind you are to the realities of being one.
Beyonce isn’t the only one being unapologetically loud & proud of her blackness, there are many of us (go and type #BlackGirlMagic into instagram/twitter/google), but you didn’t see us or notice the wave. That is why Beyoncé had to do this. On social media, we are celebrating ourselves, in all our glorious forms. We are sporting our – what did you call it? – “Panther-style Afros” (Babe, we’ve had these afro’s growing out of our heads since the beginning of time)  not as political statements, but as celebratory beacons for ourselves, and forthcoming generations.
Beyoncé is a mother now, she wasn’t one when you had your little tea party 5 years ago, becoming a mother of a black child changes things. You can be privileged, but along with your own,  you begin to become concerned for all the other little black children too. Then you start to think, ‘i don’t like what i have had to go through, and i don’t want my child to face the struggles i have, i want to change things’. Seldom are black women in a position to make statements that reverberate around the world and penetrate the peripheral vision of your Piers Morgan’s. Beyoncé did that. You wrote about it. Now you’re trending, and celebrating that fact – LOL.
Whether or not you feel the involvement of the grieving mothers to be in poor taste, is irrelevant. The brutality & racism being faced by black people daily is what IS relevant…and Beyoncé has you talking about it, i’d say it’s a job well done.
Maybe it’s because i’m a black woman.
A Black woman who cried tears when i read about Trayvon Martin or when i saw those awful videos of Eric Garner & Sandra Bland, and then again each time their murderer’s got away without so much as a slap on the wrist. I get how a privileged middle aged white man from Surrey doesn’t feel that pain, but when I saw Trayvon Martin’s picture I saw my nephew, When I saw Eric Garner, I saw my uncle. When i saw Sandra Bland, I saw my auntie. I get, why you don’t get it.
“The New Beyoncé wants to be seen as a black woman”
This line made me laugh out loud! Beyoncé has always been black, she just did what millions of black people feel the need to do to gain success, she made herblack palatable to you, which is why you’re such a big fan! Same thing Oprah did, and the Obama’s. This is what black people do, along with working twice as hard to get half as much, we dilute ourselves and our culture, so you accept us. I guess some of us have had enough. Being black is not an affliction. No race should be seen as such. Celebrating our heritage should not be seen as a threat. We just want what you have, fairness and equal potential, and if you don’t give it to us…we’ll fight to get it for our children.
Oh, and on the subject of “The Race Card”, there would be no possibility of it being played
if we didn’t have it in our hand.
I dont blame you Piers, not at all. I’m sure it’s lovely being you.
But the lemons we have been handed, are those of the Black female, and we refuse to see them as less than, we will use them to make the most wonderful, Lemonade.

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There is far too much to say about this legend and his incredible talent!

His is one of my role models that help me to embrace and love myself and for that, I am forever grateful to Prince for always being Prince!

All hail the Prince and may he shine as bright for eternity!

Thank you for being you!

 

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Images by GETTY, courtesy by Elle UK.