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Apple uses Maya Angelou’s “The Human Family,” in new campaign

Although Maya Angelou is no longer here with us on earth, her words will forever have an impact on those who take the time to let her artistry permeate into their souls.  I first fell in love with her work back in middle school, when I took on the task of performing Phenomenal Woman.  I was only 12-years-old at the time, but I spoke her words, as if I was a 30-year-old woman who had been through some things.

And, that is why Maya Angelou was such a genius. She created art that was relatable, powerful, and insightful to many.

In Apple’s new campaign “Shot on iPhone,” we hear the late, great, Dr. Maya Angelou reciting her poem The Human Family in congruence with images that were taken in all parts of the world on the iPhone.  The message of this poem is so important for our current social climate because she stresses that “We are more alike my friends, than we are unalike.”

So, why are we fighting one another?

Check out the video below, and let me know your thoughts on my question.


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Ciara is the New Face of Roberto Cavalli


Ciara is kicking butt this year, with the release of her new album, tour, and now, the face of the famed Roberto Cavalli clothing line.

Last night, creative director, Peter Dundas announced that the R&B princess would be the face of the  Fall/Winter Cavalli campaign, and she slayed every photo.

Ciara has excelled as an entertainer, but she is on a bigger mission to be a successful entrepreneur.

In a recent interview with the Guardian, she said:

I don’t know if I’ll still be doing music 20 years from now. It’s the foundation of my business, but I want to be a successful entrepreneur. I know I’m gonna be it.I’m on videotape aged 17 at high school graduation saying: I’m gonna have a No 1 song in the Billboard chart and sell 3m copies of my debut album.’ One year later I had a No 1 song in the Billboard chart for eight weeks”– well, seven – and I sold 5m copies of my debut. Now I’m on this next chapter in my life and I can assure you: give me 10 years, it’s gonna be great. I believe it.

There is nothing like a woman who has her head on straight, and is making her dreams come true. If you can believe it, you can achieve it.

Check out Ciara’s Roberto Cavalli campaign below, and tell us what you think.

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#SayHerName: Black Women Face Police Brutality Too!

Trayvon Martin. Mike Brown. Eric Garner.  Tamir Rice. Freddie Gray.  and countless other African -American men who have gained the media’s attention, and those who haven’t, are the force behind the “Black Lives Matter” movement.  

For years, black voices have been silenced and overlooked when it came to the injustice experienced by the hands of police officers, but with the help of social media, and citizen journalists, the world is now able to see the brutality for themselves.

Recently, there has been a lot of coverage in the media on the black men who have been killed by police officers, which also inspired the Save Our Boys movement, but this coverage has overshadowed another group that has also been affected by police brutality.


The #SayHerName movement brings awareness to all of the African-American women that have been killed by police officers. AAPF/ Mia Fermindoza



#SayHerName is a campaign/movement  that works to promote and bring attention to African-American women who have been killed by police officers.  We talk about saving our black men all the time, but what about our women? Why isn’t it publicized that they experience injustice as well?

Rachel Gilmer, associate director of the African American Policy Forum, says the reason black women’s stories are excluded from the discussion is simple.

“Across the board, all the way up from the White House’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative down to the grassroots movements that we’ve seen rise in this country in response to state violence, men and boys are seen as the primary target of racial injustice,” she says. “This has led to the idea that women and girls of color are not doing as bad, or that we’re not at risk at all.”

According to an article written by Yahoo News, African-American women are three times more likely to be imprisoned than Caucasian women, and young black girls are six times more likely to be suspended from school than white girls.  From an early age the deck is already stacked against black girls with the risk of poverty, sexual assault and incarceration, making them a target as well.

What are your thoughts on the #SayHerName movement? TalkToMe


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Vitaligo Spokesmodel Winnie Harlow Kills It, In New Diesel Campaign!

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Brown girls are making their mark on the fashion industry!

Chantel Brown-Young, better known in the fashion world as Winnie Harlow, was a blooming star during her run on America’s Next Top Model (Cycle 21), but her unique look and on camera presence has gained her fame and attention from some of the largest brands in the fashion industry.

Winnie is not your typical model.  At the age of 4-years-old, she was diagnosed with Vitaligo, which is a skin disorder that causes you to lose pigmentation on various parts of your body.  As a child, she was bullied and outcasted because of her skin condition, but that didn’t deter her from going after her dreams.

At just 20-years-old, she has graced London’s Fashion Week,and she has just landed a huge gig with Diesel, as their brand ambassador for their “tolerance, equality and unconditional love” campaign.

Winnie is an inspiration for brown girls every where. No matter the texture of your hair or the shade of your skin, you have to be fearless, and accepting of who you are.

Check out her website/video below:

Instagram: winnieharlow

Twitter: winnieharlow


 I want to hear from YOU! What are your thoughts on Winnie, and the campaign?