I Woke Up Like This!

Thanks to the excitement of warmer weather, the practice of no-makeup makeup has returned.  And, it’s flawlessly-refreshing.  Who wants to wear a full-on-made-up face in frying temperatures, anyway?  Following years of endless YouTube tutorials on makeup application, contouring, highlighting and immodest amounts of glitter, the fresh faced, dewy, “I woke up like this” look is what we’re all striving for this season.  In this case, Less is More! -And, Less is certainly BEST!

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We Got A Sista in the Palace!  MAG Up.

 
Yes, we have a sista in the palace!  Black Grrrl Magic is across the pond and by the looks of that lovely, elegant May wedding — looking good! We salute Meghan’s happiness; we love her poise, elegance, and all the grace that she (and her gorgeous mom) shared with the world.  Her mom, Doria Ragland, had a look, a presence, and a peace that is so common in black women that have successfully raised “grown ass children.”  We love these women! Doria with her nose ring, gorgeous dreadlocks, and glowing aura of dignity and peace.  Doria and Meghan are women of color that move beyond the limits of stereotypes and racial ignorance; they are living their truth and shining a light on the many hues of American beauty.  Now, more than ever, we so need a happy ever after ending…Now, that wedding, let’s be clear… was a salute to African American culture and spirituality. Episcopal Bishop Michael Curry had some church up in there. Praise God! And we all loved the gospel choir, that amazing young cellist and the memorable serenade “Stand By Me.”  Its was touching.  It was elegant.
 
And it was BLACK.
 
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MAGnificent MAG!  KIMBERLY DREW aka @museummammy

Recently, I was asked to interview, MAGnificent MAG, Kimberly Drew (not Kim,) an “around the way girl who doesn’t suffer fools,” an Art Curator and the Manager of Social Platforms at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. I was super excited to speak with Kimberly; she’s an idol, a friend, a BAD-ASS Woman and she’s doing so much to change the art world and what we think it is. You know, it’s not always about Old. White. Men.

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Spring Trends

The following is not meant to “cause-a-pause,” but if you’re Kim K. or Beyonce, or anyone else mildly attached to her curves, washboard abs, or adulthood, then take this next bit slowly.  All of the loose, carefree, billowing fabrics, all of those cute smocks, and all that layering we saw on the Spring runways are not about showing off those particular assets. Don’t worry, assets will always find their way back!

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The Hustle

 
Long before I moved to LA, in the days of working at MAC Cosmetics in Kansas City, I remember chatting with a coworker of mine about my considerations about moving to LA. I’d always been intrigued yet intimidated by the idea and she shared with me the dynamics of living in Los Angeles. She told me about “The Hustle”.
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As far as I knew, hustling was a drug runners term, but she then enlightened me to the Big City definition. She said everyone in LA has got a side hustle… the work you do to make cash on the side or the work you do to build your real career while still supporting yourself with what I like to call, a Matrix job.
 

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MAGnificent MAG! Opera Singer, Voice Teacher & Entrepreneur, Coming to a Campus Near YOU!

Even at 12 Lis Stephens was a fearless MAG. One day she woke up in her father’s house in the quiet valley of the Pocono mountains, instead of in her mother’s house in the bustling city of Cleveland, Ohio. She had just made a life changing decision that many people wouldn’t dare even in their 40’s or 50’s – to relocate to a brand new place in order to create a new life with greater possibilities. Smart, fearless, unusually mature, and determined to do great things, Lis had left behind 4 siblings, a big extended family and a huge community of friends. This was the first in a long line of boss decisions that Lis would make as she created what she calls her “Life of Adventure”, constantly choosing the unknown and embracing greater possibilities.639318992

 

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