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Stars @ Coachella 2012

By prencesschris · April 21, 2012 · 0 Comments ·

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Miguel : Adorn

By prencesschris · February 11, 2012 · 0 Comments ·
This hot new video from Miguel off of his upcoming mixtape Art Dealer Chic Vol. 1

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Beyonce & Jay-Z Have Released Pictures of Blue Ivy!

By prencesschris · February 11, 2012 · 0 Comments ·

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In Honor of Black History Month Here's 29 More Reasons to Be Black & Proud

By prencesschris · February 8, 2012 · 0 Comments ·

Well, it’s February y’all! I’ve seen fried chicken on sale in our honor and the other day, a white dude proudly told me that he knows the whole first stanza of “We Shall Overcome,” to which I gave him a hesitant thumbs-up. All signs point to our four-week time to shine and, because 2012 is a leap year, we get a bonus day. Hot diz-am! I fully intend to make the most of it. I love Harriet Tubman, I appreciate Frederick Douglass, I’m a Tuskegee Airmen groupie, but there is so much more to Black history than them, the Emancipation Proclamation and sports trivia. Out of most of the facts and tidbits pertaining to this fine stretch of year reserved just for us, however, that’s what it pretty much boils down to.

You know, I feel like kicking over a crate of kittens every time I see that stupid Ancestry.com commercial where the man is so tentative about exploring his history because he can kinda guess his roots as an African-American. His granddaddy was born a slave, he says—insert his dramatic pause here—but died a business man. And that made his research all worth his while. Here me booing? Because I don’t think there’s any part of our history worth being ashamed of. It all makes up the story of us, sad, heartbreaking and infuriating as some of it is. But it’s made us who we are. And so have these incidents, people and random nuggets about Black-dom.

1. Cathay Williams was the one and only female Buffalo Soldier, posing as a man named William Cathay to enlist in the 38th infantry in 1866. She served for two years before a surgeon stumbled on the fact that she was a woman and saw to it that she was discharged. And, true to sexist convention, she was repeatedly denied military benefits or a pension.

2. Both Condoleezza Rice and Martin Luther King, Jr. skipped two grades and started college when they were just 15 years old. (What were you doing when you were 15, ya slacker?!) She studied political science at the University of Denver; he majored in sociology at Morehouse.

3. Journalist, activist and sistergirl-in-my-head Ida Wells-Barnett refused to give up her railcar seat for a white man in 1884 and bit a conductor on the hand when he tried to force her out of it. He called for backup and she was eventually dragged off the train. She sued the railroad and initially won, but the decision was overturned. The whole experience fueled her passion for justice and journalism.

4. In 2008, Jamaican wonderman Usain Bolt became the first man to ever set three world records in a single Olympic games. Loves!

5. The media made the Black Panthers notorious for their Afros, dark get-ups and willingness to defend themselves, but their Ten Point manifesto for change launched programs that benefited Black communities nationwide, like free dental care, breakfast for low-income children, even drama classes.

6. Lincoln University in Pennsylvania is the first institution of higher education founded for African-Americans. (And don’t let nobody tell you any different—hail hail Lincoln!) It paved the way for the 104 other historically Black colleges, which have produced distinguished alums like Thurgood Marshall, Spike Leeand the almighty Oprah.

7. Black ingenuity helped devise creative—and effective—plans to escape enslavement. In 1848, husband-and-wife team William and Ellen Craft made it to the North and eventually England, when she dressed as a white man and he posed as one of her slaves. A year later, Henry “Box” Brown literally mailed himself to freedom in a shipping box during a 27-hour trip from Richmond to Philadelphia. He couldn’t keep him story to himself, however, and he ended up ticking off Frederick Douglass, who believed that other men and women could’ve escaped the same way if Henry had shut his yap. He eventually went abroad, married a white chick and was never heard from again.

8. Liberia was founded and colonized by U.S. expatriates, one of two sovereign states in the world founded by ex-slaves and marginalized Blacks. Sierra Leone is the other, but that was the handiwork of the British.

9. Jesse Jackson does more than make up words: he negotiated the release of Lt. Robert O. Goodman, Jr., a Black pilot who had been shot down over Syria and taken hostage in 1983.

10. Remember when Will Smith was The Fresh Prince and Jazzy Jeff was, well, Jazzy Jeff? Together, they won the first-ever Grammy for Best Rap Performance, but they boycotted the awards because the category was barred from television.

11. The hair brush, lawn mower, cellphone, refrigerator and—thank you, sweet baby Jesus—the air conditioner were all the fruits of African-American inventors’ creative laboring. Every time I walk inside on a sweltering hot day, I’m happy to thank a brother for meeting the need.

12. Who knew? Baseball legend Jackie Robinson had an older brother, Matthew, who was also a star athlete in his own right. He won a silver medal in the 200-yard dash in the 1936 Olympics—coming in second to Jesse Owens.

13. Shirley Chisholm was the first Black woman elected to Congress and the first Black major-party presidential candidate survived three assassination attempts during her 1972 campaign. If Kanye was around to make “Stronger,” that could’ve easily been her campaign theme song.

14. Eatonville, Florida, the childhood home of writer and cultural anthropologist (and my all-time favorite author!) Zora Neale Hurston, is also the first town in the country to be incorporated by Black

15. In 1948, multitalented actor, singer, activist and all-around Renaissance man Paul Robeson was considered for a U.S. vice presidential spot on Henry A. Wallace’s Progressive Party ticket. Another fabulous quality: he was conversant in 25 languages. (Meanwhile, I can barely list 25 languages off the top of my head.)

16. The still-reigning King of Pop, Michael Jackson, snagged several Guinness World Records, including highest annual earnings for a pop star, best-selling album of all time for his classic, Thriller and most Grammy Awards won in a year (he took home 8). Incidentally, Beyonce holds that record for the ladies—she took home six in 2010. (Now she might hold the record for greatest post-baby body comeback of all time. I ain’t no B-aholic but dayum! Get ‘em girl!)

17. Tice Davids, a runaway slave from Kentucky, was the inspiration for the first usage of the term “Underground Railroad.” When he swam across the Ohio River to freedom, his former owner assumed he’d drowned and told the local paper if Davids had escaped, he must have traveled on “an underground railroad.” (In actuality, he made it across alive and well.)

18. In 1739, the Stono Rebellion in South Carolina became the largest slave revolt in colonial America—some of the men who participated had been soldiers in Africa before being sold into slavery.

19. Uncle Tom’s Cabin is a real place, so to speak. The home of Josiah Henson, whose life is generally believed to have been an inspiration for the novel, has been restored and added to the National Register of Historic Places in North Bethesda, Maryland. I can’t make it through the book but I can drop in and visit its muse.

20. Maya Angelou stopped celebrating her birthday for many years following the assassination of her friend, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on the same day. She annually sent flowers to Ms. Coretta to commemorate his passing.

21. Age wasn’t nothin’ but a number way before Aaliyah. At 42, Satchel Paige became the oldest rookie to play Major League Baseball and continued to play until he was 47.

22. In 1967, Robert H. Lawrence, Jr. became the first African-American to be trained as an astronaut. He unfortunately died in a plane crash during flight training before he could be sent on his first space mission. Sixteen years later, Guion “Guy” Bluford carried on Lawrence’s legacy by becoming the first Black man in space.

23. Langston Hughes’ daddy discouraged him from being a writer and only agreed to pay for his college education if he studied engineering. Dad, of course, was ultimately disappointed.

24. Architect Paul Williams mastered the art of drawing upside down so that he could sit across from—not next to—white clients who didn’t want to sit side-by-side with a Black person.

25. Our fabulous president Barack Obama is a lot of firsts, but he’s also a Grammy award winner. His audio books, Dreams from My Father and The Audacity of Hope, won Best Spoken Word Album in 2008.

26. According to a survey by 20/20, “Imani” and “DeShawn” are the “Blackest” names for a baby girl and boy. Imani is a Swahili word meaning “faith.” (That’s not really a Black history fact, but I just thought it was interesting.)

27. After retiring from baseball, Jackie Robinson helped establish the African-American owned and controlled Freedom Bank.

28. Being mischievous was Thurgood Marshall’s gateway to the law. For punishment, he was forced to copy the Constitution. It eventually piqued his interest.

And, because it’s a leap year, fine number 29 …

29. John Carlos and Tommie Smith made history—and headlines—when they raised their black-gloved fists on the awards stand at the 1968 Olympics. Both also wore Black socks and no shoes on the podium, representing Black poverty in America. Sigh. Back when athletes had a social conscience

[via ClutchMag]

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Common Starring In New Indie Drama 'LUV' @ Sundance Film Festival

By prencesschris · January 28, 2012 · 0 Comments ·

In the crime drama LUV, one of the most eagerly anticipated movies of the Sundance Film Festival, Common stars as Uncle Vincent, an ex-con trying to go straight who takes his young nephew with him on a business trip that inadvertently leads him back down the deadly path he’s been trying to avoid.

Along the way, the kid (played by Michael Rainey Jr.) learns some basic survival skills — like how to drive a car (scary) and, in a scene not shown here, how to shoot a gun (“scary” doesn’t cover it).

Every kid wants an uncle like the one Common plays, someone who will treat them like adults -- even if they're not. On the flip side, no parents want their kids to have an uncle like this. If he thought hard about it, Uncle Vincent, whose fearsome qualities are tinged with a kind of mournfulness about the person he has become, is more than likely on the parent's side.

For better or worse, the only thing he knows for sure -- the only thing he can share -- is how to survive. There's actually a lot of tenderness in the clip above. The darkness comes later.

"It begins with love, love coming from someone whose been through a lot of pain and struggle," Common tells EW. "He doesn't automatically see putting somebody in a situation like that to be as detrimental as it could be."

Common also recently released his ninth studio album The Dreamer/The Believer, which EW music critic Kyle Anderson rates an A-.

Keep an eye out for more news about LUV from the Sundance Film Festival, which runs from Jan. 19-29.

via EW

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Jay-Z - “Glory” Ft Baby Blue Ivy Carter

By prencesschris · January 9, 2012 · 0 Comments ·

“You was made in Paris, mama woke up the next day and shot an album package/last time the miscarriage was so tragic…we was afraid you disappeared but naw baby you magic.”

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DIY Applying Lashes

By prencesschris · January 2, 2012 · 0 Comments ·

Step 1: “Fake lashes are always the last step in your makeup transformation process. Pull out your fake lashes from the case it comes in and begin to move them around, pulling and bending them slightly, so they become a bit more flexible.”

Step 2: “Next, you’ll want to measure the fake lashes up against your real lashes. Sometimes the fakes are just the right size, but most of the time you'll have to trim them a bit. (You want to be extra-careful when you measure, because you only get one shot at cutting them.)”

Step 3: “After you’ve sized your fake lashes, it’s time to add some glue. I personally like to use the pigmented Duo glue because it adds definition to the look. Pour a little bit of the glue on the back of your hand. Then, with a cut Q-tip (snip it so there’s no cotton on one end) dab some glue and spread a little on the fake lashes. In adition to the glue you just applied, add a small bead of glue to each end of the fake lashes, so it stays on better.”

Step 4: “Wait about a minute, to give the glue time to oxidize. While you're waiting, grab an eyelash curler and begin to curl your real lashes. This will give you a more natural look.”

Step 5: “Use tweezers to grab the fake lashes in the middle. Bring them up to your eyes and press the middle of the lashes to the middle of your own lash line. Once you've secured them to the middle of your lash line, press them down at each end.”

Step 6: “After you’ve let the fake lashes dry, apply mascara to the top lashes to help them blend. Et voilà! Simple, long, and full lashes!”

Via Refinery29

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Kid Sister Ft Danny Brown : Gucci Rag Top Remix

By prencesschris · November 22, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

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Twenty New Dazed & Confused Covers

By prencesschris · November 19, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

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The Roots New Single "Make My" Ft Big K.R.I.T. & New Album

By prencesschris · October 19, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

The Roots "Make My" featuring Big K.R.I.T. by okayplayer

As if serving as the house band on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon," curating their own summer festival and performing at a recent Pre-Emmy Awards jam wasn't enough, the Roots will return with a new album, "undun," their first conceptual full-length, on Dec. 6. The first single, the Big K.R.I.T.-assisted "Make My," leaked online on Monday (Oct. 17), and will hit iTunes on Nov. 1. "undun" will use a "reverse narrative arc" to tell the story of a man named Redford Stephens, who died in 1999 at the age of 25. The Roots will analyze the death by re-telling his life story post-mortem. "'undun' is the story of this kid who becomes criminal, but he wasn't born criminal," says drummer Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson in a press release. "He's not the nouveau exotic primitive bug-eyed gunrunner like Tupac's character Bishop in "Juice"... he's actually thoughtful and is neither victim nor hero. Just some kid who begins to order his world in a way that makes the most sense to him at a given moment... At the end of the day... isn't that what we all do?" The Roots have also announced a few NYC tour dates to promote the album release: Nov. 29 and 30 and Dec. 5 at Highline Ballroom. "undun" follows last year's "Wake Up!", the Roots' collaborative album with John Legend that used 60s and 70s covers to amplify themes of social awareness and activism.

via Billboard

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Hell is what you choose to call the present
That's why you're going through it
I just choose to call it stressin'
To tell you fools the truth
I don't feel that why I'm destined
So you can call it hell but bro
I'll just say I'm below the heavens

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