January 16, 2017

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GO SHORTY, IT'S YA BIRTHDAY

Like seriously! How much sauce can you handle in one day! Were dedicating this post to some of the flyest girls to ever do it! Happy Birthday Sade Aaliyah, Debbie Allen, Kate Moss & FKA Twigs.

BTW Check out this dope tribute mix by our friends @djivy & @Iammontechristo The Third Degree Mixtape, highlighting the music of Sade, Aaliyah & FKA Twigs

Kate Moss: Learn it!

Debbie Allen: The Story of an ICON

 

January 11, 2017

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WE'LL MISS YOU...

Last night our US President Barack Obama delivered his farewell speech closing the book on his presidency in front of a sold out crowed in Chicago. Joined by First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill, Obama's speech was a sentimental trip down memory lane. As much as we'll miss our dear Potus & Flotus in office, President Obama left us with many gems to prepare us for whats to come.

Here are 10 highlighted quotes from Barack Obama's final speech in Chicago.

1."It's my turn to say thanks"
The 44th President of the United States was gracious and showed how grateful he is to the American people.

2."Change only happens when ordinary people get involved, get engaged, and come together to demand it."
Barack Obama described how he learnt about how change works during his early days in Chicago.

3."Not that our nation has been flawless from the start, but that we have shown the capacity to change."
Obama redefined the concept of American Exceptionalism.

4."Democracy does require a basic sense of solidarity — the idea that for all our outward differences, we are all in this together; that we rise or fall as one."
Obama said that democracy does not require uniformity, but it needs for people to understand differences and work together to overcome adversity.

5."We must uphold laws against discrimination...But laws alone won't be enough. Hearts must change."
Obama talked in depth about racial politics in America and how such deep disaffection and divisive rhetoric is bound to destroy the country and how as a people we must come together.

6."America wasn't weakened by the presence of these newcomers; they embraced this nation's creed, and it was strengthened."
Obama, addressing the people in his farewell speech, talked about America and it's unique capacity to accept people across the world and that quality must not get erased by world events.

7."Democracy can buckle when we give in to fear. So just as we, as citizens, must remain vigilant against external aggression, we must guard against a weakening of the values that make us who we are."
Obama urged the American people to resist, so the forces of cynicism don't destroy democracy

8."That faith I placed all those years ago, not far from here, in the power of ordinary Americans to bring about change — that faith has been rewarded in ways I couldn't possibly have imagined."
Obama stuck to the one word that defined his bid for presidency — change and urged people to continue working towards it.

9."Not just because you have been a great Vice President, but because in the bargain, I gained a brother."
Obama after thanking his wife and children made sure he mentioned Joe Biden — the "scrappy kid from Scranton", his first choice for the vice president nominee.

10."I am asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about change — but in yours."
Obama's final mic drop moment.

January 10, 2017

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STARDUST FOREVER

Today marks one year since the passing of the late, Legendary David Bowie. His death back in January 2016 kicked off a tragic streak, as we lost many greats in the short span of one year.

His different persona's, artistic imagery and classic music will keep Bowie's legacy burning bright for years to come.

If any of you are following his beautiful wife and supermodel Iman on Instagram then you know how immensely cherished and missed Bowie is. Today we pay tribute and remember the magic that once walked among us.

 

January 08, 2017

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JANELLE MONAE WEARS M.E. ON THE ELLEN SHOW

This last week one of our favorite people Miss Janelle Monae wore our "COMPLICATED" earrings while promoting her new movie "Hidden Figures" on the Ellen Show. If you havent gone to see the movie yet, you definitely should! Its an important one :)

Click HERE to purchase the earrings.

 

January 04, 2017

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THE ME SPEAKER SERIES: JULIE BURNS WALKER


SPEAKER SERIES with JULIE BURNS WALKER

Friday, January 13th:

Topic: Where We Are, Where We Were, and Where are you?

Talk will take place from 7-10 pm

Location : 424 1/2 N. Fairfax Ave. LA CA 90036

Fee: Suggested $40 donation, but up to your discretion

PLEASE RSVP at your earliest convenience as space is limited.

For those of you who dont know Julie, she's a very gifted healer/ medical intuitive based out of Wilmette, illinois.  Over the years, Julie has worked with peoples from all over the globe in the healing arts. She lived in South Africa and Swaziland for over a decade with her family where she was trained by and worked with traditional healers from various regions. She was the first non African and first woman to have graduated from and be a member of the Traditional Healers Organization of Sub Saharan Nations.   While living there she began to explore and develop models of evolution related to healing and the sciences based on observations of universal patterns of change. www.julieburnswalker.com

January 02, 2017

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IT'S TIME

You made it... 2017 is here! We wanted to wish you all a wonderful and prosperous new year. Not sure how you brought it in, but we hope you did it with a bang. This year let's focus on the love and remembering why we do what we do, doing what you love and letting it inspire you to do a little more. This world seriously needs all the TLC (tender love care) it can get. Let's reach our full potential and challenge ourselves and those around us to clock the f**k in and get it together. In the great words of Kendrick Lamar "We ton' be alright".

Best Wishes & Real Love

HAPPY NEW YEAR

 
December 27, 2016

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GOTTA HAVE FAITH

Great hair, one dangle cross earring, a pair of fitted distressed Levis and a voice unlike any other. If you grew up during the MTV generation era then you absolutely know exactly who I just described. It's so hard to see all of our loved one's and musical greats crossover, but could you imagine the jam session going on just beyond the clouds right now. In celebration of the amazing George Michael we wanted to take you on a little trip down musical memory lane. The voice, the freedom fighter, the icon, we will never forget you... We love you George.

December 24, 2016

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THE HOLIDAY GOOVE

Just wanted to drop off some of our favorite music videos that keep us in the Holiday spirit. We hope you're all having a wonderful Holiday weekend with the ones you love and for any reason you're spending it alone, just know that WE LOVE YOU.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS
xoxo

December 15, 2016

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THROWBACK THURSDAY: 66 LONG-LOST POLAROIDS OF MADONNA

Story by Rory Satran for i-d.vice.com / All images courtesy and copyright Richard Corman.
Originally posted to i-d.vice.com

In June 1983, Madonna was an ambitious 24-year-old getting some heat on the club charts. When photographer Richard Corman met the young singer, she served him bubblegum and espresso on a silver tray at her beyond-bohemian walkup on East Fourth Street between A and B. It was, as he puts it, "literally right before she stepped out and ran into the stratosphere." The month after they took some casual casting Polaroids, she released her debut album, Madonna, which produced three top-ten hits (Holiday, Lucky Star, Borderline). One year later, she was writhing around a wedding cake in her career-making MTV VMA performance of Like A Virgin. But when Corman took these gorgeous, stripped-down SX-70 Polaroids, she was still DJ Jellybean Benitez's girlfriend, the good dancer from Funhouse and Danceteria, and a hustler who paid the rent by waitressing and posing nude for art students. As she wrote of that time, "I felt like a warrior plunging my way through the crowds to survive."

Richard Corman was well-connected in the early 80s. He had assisted Avedon, and his mother Cis was a casting director who worked on films like Raging Bull and The Deer Hunter. When Corman photographed Madonna, he was also taking pictures of Keith Haring in Soho and Jean-Michel Basquiat at his Great Jones Street studio. But nothing prepared him for the young woman who looked to him like she "was going to rule the world." After 30 years of languishing in a warehouse, the 66 polaroids will finally get their due this autumn as a book and an exhibition.

How did these polaroids come about?
These are images that I shot in 1983. What makes them so charming and special to me is actually the connection to my mother. She had introduced me to Madonna in the spring of '83, when she was casting a movie called The Last Temptation of Christ, with Martin Scorsese. They auditioned Madonna for the Virgin Mary. As it turned out, Madonna never got the part, but she and I met each other at the time when I was working at Avedon Studios. I was looking constantly for interesting people to photograph. I had never met anyone really like her. She was original.

The Polaroid shoot came a bit later, when my mother was developing a niche musical called Cindy Rella. Madonna was actually at her brother's apartment, and I needed to send [casting] pictures to Warner Bros ASAP. We didn't do anything digitally or on an iPhone back then, we had Polaroids. So I shot about 66 Polaroids. We put together a book with a script for a treatment, and the casting. Michael Jackson or Prince would play the prince, Aretha Franklin was going to play the wicked stepmother. As it turned out, the movie never got made and the script and the 66 Polaroids were, I thought, lost for 30 years. Recently when I was going through my warehouse, cleaning it out from the farthest corner, my mouth was wide open to find that these images were just sitting there. In perfect condition.

If we did these pictures today there would be 30 people standing in that apartment. But it was just me and her, it was so simple. She was so accessible, funny, and sexy. She was so cool and had such charisma. So we started with the few pictures where she was cleaning the house as Cinderella, and then she's getting ready for the ball. She went out and I think she took two hours to find that dress at some vintage store. At the time, she was kind of a local phenomenon.

I'm not necessarily a Madonna fan, but I'm certainly a fan of her determination, her spirit, and her energy. The pictures today feel a lot more relevant than they did back then. She was always relevant, of course. Just the way she was dressed, her hair, her makeup. Everything about her style and her swag was just 21st century. Between the denim and the red lips, and the cat eyes, the dark roots. Everything about her was now.

So she styled herself and did her own hair and makeup?
Totally. She was always in control. She knew exactly the way she wanted it to look. That evening, she met me and my mother and father up at this place on the Upper West Side where every New York City actor hung out. She walked in and she just stopped traffic. Nobody looked like her! She was a visionary in life, and she was certainly 100% original.

And your mum, Cis Corman, was a casting director? 
Yes, she was a casting director and she later became a producer at Barbra Streisand's company. The thing that makes this really special for me is that she's suffering terribly with Alzheimer's now. She's 90. This is really an homage to her. None of this would have happened without our collaboration.

When did you start taking pictures?
I started taking pictures shortly after I was with Avedon in 1983. I never studied it, I was prepared to go into graduate school for psychology. I took a year off and photography kind of fell into my lap, just because I needed a break. Then I fell in love with it, and took a shot with it and decided that this is where my heart was. The experience at Avedon certainly changed my life.

What was it like working with Avedon?
Life-altering in the best way. You were around someone who was just incredibly passionate, smart, and his entire life revolves around his work. He was brilliant, he was generous, selfish, but I spent a lot of time traveling with him. One of the projects I worked closely with him on was In The American West. So I spent two summers with him traveling out there. It was just kind of mind-altering. We talked about photography and art.

How do you think Avedon's work has influenced your own?
The most important thing about Dick's work was the eyes of his subjects, and the ability to see behind their eyes. He allowed them to tell their own stories. For me, the pictures that mean the most are the ones where I see something behind people's eyes. Where they're allowed to tell their own story.

So what's Madonna's story from these images?
"I will be on top of the world. I will rule the world. Nothing will stop me, and I will go through anybody to get to where I'm going." That was absolutely the language. It was so real and so natural. Nothing seemed pretentious. When I first met her and went to her apartment, she had to show me up the stairs because it was a building that was full of thugs. They protected her. She said, "Richard, you can't come into the building until you tell me you're here so I can tell the guys downstairs." She was the pied piper of the neighborhood. People would come to her apartment to have pizza, go to the roof to sing and dance. She embraced it, and the city was really rough back then.

Richard Corman's 66 Polaroids will be out this fall from NJG, accompanied by an exhibition.

December 12, 2016

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WE SEE YOU: DRAYA MICHELE IN ME FOR GALORE MAGAZINE

Draya Michelle serving up some major 80's vibes in Melody Ehsani jewelry for Galore Magazine.

Click HERE to check out the full story.

Photography: Ben Duggan / Creative Direction Michael Mann

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