Black Magic At The #MetGala: Manus X Machina

The Met Gala, formally called the Costume Institute Gala and also known as the MetBall, is an annual fundraising gala for the benefit of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York City. It marks the grand opening of the Costume Institute’s annual fashion exhibit. This year, the event was held on May 2nd and was cleverly themed “Manus X Machina”, a name referencing fashion in the age of technology and innovation. Beyonce, Zendaya, GuGu Mbatha Raw and many more showed up to the event in stunning fashions that made their melanin the envy of the evening. The event was hosted by co-chairs Idris Elba, Jonathan Ive, Taylor Swift, and Anna Wintour. Nicolas Ghesquière, Karl Lagerfeld, and Miuccia Prada served as honorary chairs, and the gala and accompanying exhibition was sponsored by Apple.

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Y’all Can Keep Lea Clark (And Melody Ellison, Too)

Lea Clark is just like us!

She lives in Lafayette Square, is a Cards fan, and loves Ted Drewes. She also loves photography and going on adventures. Her mom is renovating a house in North St. Louis and her dad teaches at Washington University.

imageBut Lea Clark is a doll. In fact, she’s the 2016 American Girl doll of the year.

Lea’s first two books are about her life-changing adventure to Brazil. The third is about her life right here in St. Louis.

Lea is a limited edition doll and will only be available through December of this year. The doll, the books, and accessories including a messenger bag, a rainforest house and matching outfits are all available at the American Girl doll store.

Lea Clark is not just like me. Nor is she like half of the girls who live in St. Louis. Continue reading “Y’all Can Keep Lea Clark (And Melody Ellison, Too)”

Beyonce’s Bayou: In Formation with Serena Williams, Orishas, & Black Feminism

Beyonce’s Bayou: In Formation with Serena Williams, Orishas & Black Feminism

Part I: Initial Thoughts


Thank you, Queen Bey. On April 23rd, Beyonce released her visual album “Lemonade” on HBO and sent social media into a frenzy. Think pieces and critiques were everywhere and a large majority of them made no sense at all. I made sure to take time, write notes and form coherent thoughts before I shared ANYTHING. Lemonade was such a heavy creation that rushed think pieces and articles couldn’t possible be valuable. Finally, I was able to figure out what I wanted to say and how I wanted to say it. Here it is:

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