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Afropunk Hair Portraits by Artist Awol Erizku for Vogue USA 

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My American Culture: Vogue Spotlights the Versatility of African American Hair During New York’s AfroPunk Festival

Yesterday, I wrote a post about how time and adulthood has made me appreciate the uniqueness that is my hair. Vogue, took some amazing shots of truly diverse and unique styles of festival goers and performers. What do you think? What’s your favorite style featured?

(via dynamicafrica)

My Life: Versatility of Black Hair

When I was younger, all I wanted was straight long hair. I think my ideal of beauty was informed by my environment. I grew up in a predominately white neighborhood and my standard of beauty was ver skewed. Now that I’m older and appreciate my features, my curves, my dimly, my wide nose, my front tooth gap.

I have learns to love my hair in all forms. These five hair styles have are all from the last five months. I don’t know any other texture of hair that is able to take all these styles.

Is there any part of your self that you once hated and now love?

Music Monday: Paapa Nyankson “Won Hye Ase”

This past Saturday I attended a Ghanaian funeral service for a mother of a family friend. The ceremony, the traditions, the music, the food, the people reminded me of the importance of my Ghanian culture. As a international affairs professional, it is very easy to immerse myself of the country/culture that I am assigned to. When I traveled/worked in Singapore, Mexico, the Democratic Republic of Congo, I committed myself to learning every aspect of the people. However, when I come back to visit my parents and the Chicago Ghanaian community it serves as a reminder of why I need to constantly learn and maintain my own.

I am a hyphenated American. As so, I have a to maintain my Americaness, the culture of my parents, and still learn about the cultures of wherever else I am posted as a Diplomat.

Anyway, enjoy the music and have a great week.

Life in Mexico: Consuming Caldos! Exploring Mexican Soups

When I ask my partner why many Mexicans still drink soup in Juarez even when the temperature reaches more than one hundred degrees, he says he feels like it cools the body down. I am not sure of that. What I am sure of is how delicious northern Mexican Caldos, or soups, truly taste.

Most Mexican soups offer a wide range of meats, are slightly sour, due the addition of lime, spicy, and filled to the brim with vegetables, and are often served with tortillas, lime, diced onion, or tortilla chips. Every soup is slightly customisable.

Pictured above are just some if the soups I’ve eaten in the past two weeks. In the bottom right corner is a vietnamese pho -like soup that my partner and I made using ingredients that we had in the kitchen since I only have less than three days left in Ciudad Juarez.

What’s your favorite soup?

For Your Self-Esteem: Words That Have Motivated me Recently

I often look forward messages to motivate and inspire me in my daily life, relationships, and in my career. I look for funny quotes, serious stories, and life lessons that I find. These four pictures have helped me get through all of my recent life changes, challenges, insecurities, etc.

What helps you stay of “life track”?

For Your Knowledge: Dear White People Movie Trailer Released and Asks That You No Longer Ask About Weave

Justin Simien’s ‘Dear White People,’ opens October 17th and examines a series of race related topics.

"DEAR WHITE PEOPLE follows the stories of four black students at an Ivy League college where a riot breaks out over a popular “African American” themed party thrown by white students. With tongue planted firmly in cheek, the film will explore racial identity in “post-racial” America while weaving a universal story of forging one’s unique path in the world."

What do you think? Are you excited to watch this flick?

Music Monday: Big L’s “Street Struck”

I am a BIG fan of hip hop. Of course, I love club bangers and off the wall beats that pump me up when I am weight lifting. I also love mellow older hip hop, the early jams that are mellow and smooth. The older melodic beats help me relax, focus, and get me all in my feelings. 

While every listener may not always like hip hop lyrics, the catchiness of the beats CAN’T be denied. Big L will always be one of my favorites. 

Street Stuck is a perfect song to get into the Monday mindset. 

What is your favorite early 80s/90s hip hop track?

Happy Friday: Celebrating the Quiet Moments Living in Ciudad Juarez

I live for the quiet moments in Juarez. When the sun is just about to set and the temperature drops from 100 degrees to 70, the wind is still warm, older couple sit cozy next to each other park benches like teenagers, small food stalls start to open and then scent of enchiladas starts to fill the night air…

These are the moments that made my week special. I am hoping that this weekend continues to bring beautiful quiet moments. 

What are you looking forward to this weekend?

For Your Information: Google Offers Free Coding Lessons To Women And Minorities

I am feeling quite stable in my daily routine. I wake up, get ready for the day, work my daily 8-9 hours of work, workout, watch TV, make dinner, prepare dinner, and do it all over again. There are some variances in my routine, but not much. 

I am quite comfortable. Being comfortable is NOT horrible. I have worked hard to feel financially secure at this point in my life. Recently, a friend sent me an article that spurred me into action. I want to take a long term idea into action. Slowly, I want to get into exploring the field of technology. Yes, I am saavy to a point, but I want do a bit more. I want to code. 

I was so excited when Google announced that they were offering free coding lessons. According Business Insider, “the search giant has released an online application that’s available to women everywhere. Google says its available vouchers for women number in the “thousands.”

Will you submit an application?

In My Feelings: Cody Chesnutt “No One Will”

I’ve been all in my feelings this week. I am not sure if it because it is that time of the month, packing my things into boxes, or leaving a place that has just started feeling familiar. As I remove paintings off the wall, all I can see is the painting that used to occupy that space. Moving doesn’t really feel real at this point. Thankfully, I have my partner who has been so supportive and has been to let me share my feelings without judgment. 

Everytime I feel like this, I put this track on repeat. This song is complex and simple, just like emotions everytime I travel or have to transition to a new place. While change is inevitable, change happens often in my line of work. 

What is your go to “in your feelings” song?

For Your Entertainment: Miles Ahead, The Upcoming Miles Davis Biopic With Don Cheadle

As a moody high schooler, my parents sometimes had a difficult time connecting with my growing pains and desires to break free from home and “find myself”. I did not agree with anything they said or did. However, one shared love of my parents and I was jazz. 

My father has the most enviable jazz collection, robust with almost every Miles Davis recording ever released. He even had two copies of some Davis albums. 

Jazz music is how I connected with my parents, specifically my dad. If you can guess, I am excited about Miles Ahead

Click HERE if you’d like to support the project.

My Birthday Music Monday: Bilal “Soul Sister”

I am 28 years old. I don’t feel any different but I know that this year has been filled with lots of life changes. I have nothing profound to say about what I have learned but I am hoping that I learn to be more patient (able to accept or tolerate delays, problems, or suffering without becoming annoyed or anxious.) with my friends, family, finances, career, and in my romantic relationship. 

Usually I love grand productions and planning huge events for my birthday but this year I want to eat my favorite foods and sleep well. I am thankful to be alive and healthy. 

3. It’s so important to occasionally disconnect from all your devices and distractions and reconnect with yourself. (My past self might have been confused by this warning from my future self, since iPhones and BlackBerrys didn’t exist when I was in my twenties, but it’s still a very important point.)

10 Things Arianna Huffington Wished She Knew In Her Twenties 

I am a fan of lists. I make checklist everyday. I cannot go to the grocery store without a list, when I am packing, I need to make a list of things I am taking with me. 

A Facebook friend posted this Marie Claire article and I throughly enjoyed it…enough that I had to share it. 

My Style: Another Drastic Hair Change

In a few short months, I went to closely cropped natural dark brown hair color to a fire red tiny afro, to an electric purple fro, to mahogany high top, and now I have Solange-esque box braids.

I, for one, love my hair because I am able to express myself through it. I can go from fiercely feminine to looking slightly unisex, and back to feminine. I have loved having a close cropped cut and long extensions flowing from my head. The beauty of being a woman is that femininity is fluid, it is individual, it is what you want to make it, being a women comes from within or what you show to the world.

I also love my new braids because it will require minimal maintenance. I will be traveling too much this summer to worry about my hair.

What makes your feel most feminine? What has been your favorite hair style?

I for one love my hair because I am able to express myself through it. I can go from fiercely feminine to looking slightly unisex, and back to femine.

Music/Video Monday: Award Winning Lupita Nyong’o Braids Hair like a Boss

In this video Lupita talks about the classic black girl dilemma, where to get your hair done. I like that she took matters into her own hands. This video shows exactly why she is my best friend in my head.