World Cup Fever

Jun 13, 2014 10:53 pm

Yes, the World Cup is upon us again, time to drool at all the sexy players and for others, to watch just for the love of the game.

Lets kick things off with these images by the photographer Tim Tadder. Get the women out of the way before we get to the business of the boys and their balls!

Today’s Inspiration

Jun 10, 2014 9:16 am

The more sand that has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it.

I love the picture above and I especially love the quote that I found for it. To me it basically translates to mean that, when we feel like life has been stripped from us through loss, and we are crippled by emptiness, what better way to know about ourselves than when we can see clearly. What better way to start over and rebuild a new, stronger and firmer foundation than when we see ourselves as a perfect empty canvas?

Have a nice day!

Maya Angelu: April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014

May 28, 2014 10:01 am

Maya Angelou circa 1950

Some of the best life lesson and advice, I got through Maya Angelou, she was so wise and evolved!

  • “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
  • “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style”
  • “When you know better you do better.”
  • Never make someone a priority when all you are to them is an option.”

And finally, my all time favorite Maya lesson came to me through Oprah Winfrey, enjoy it below:

Naomi Campbell for Harper’s Bazaar

May 26, 2014 11:20 am

This goddess of beauty and perfection, she just isn’t going to slow down- ever!

Check out Naomi Campbell in the latest issue of Harper’s Bazaar Vietnam.

And to think the diva just turned 44 years old this week!!! What gives?!?!?

Left, Naomi Campbell at her birthday this week, on the right I stand giddy as ever at my birthday last year

#Hypocrisy

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Is it just me or are there double standards that the “international community” has with things like gay rights, especially the gay rights of Russians who have really come into focus thanks to Sochi.

Everyone lets protest on the streets for LGBT Russians

Everyone, lets dump their Vodka and never drink it again, lets show those Russians how we feel about LGBT tights.

Human Rights organizations, start petitions and movements, organize marches, make our donations count, lets stick it to those Russians where it hurts in support of human rights.

Just as I had predicted, as soon as the Olympics began, EVERYBODY watched and cheered. They watched it at their favorite bars drinking their favorite Russian Vodka, they cheered from the streets, they shouted from the rooftops (I could hear them).

I am going to be brutally honest, I rolled my eyes every time I saw one of those #BoycottRussia things on social media. I seriously think that I was the only person who did not watch any of the Sochi games, and I wasn’t even a part of the #HashtagActivism. I simply did not watch because of the Wild Orca’s that were captured to be displayed at a tank for tourists visiting Sochi. Yes, I am very passionate about stuff like that. Don’t get me wrong, I am also passionate about Gay Rights, its just that… IT IS NOT ILLEGAL TO BE GAY IN RUSSIA! How do all these people not know this and, who is responsible for starting this hoax?

I mean, look at the video below that enraged all the #HashtagActivists, it depicts a gay rights activist being tackled by those mean evil Russian policemen during the Olympic torch rally.

So now I want you to imagine another scenario. Remember the tragedy at the Boston Marathon where those crazies set off explosives and just ruined it for everyone? I still can’t watch that video, it was just too horrific, I can’t even imagine.

So anyway, what do you think would happen to this disruptive Russian teenager if he pulled a stunt like that at this years Boston Marathon? The Boston Police wont just tackle him, he will probably get tasered, tackled to the ground, arrested and thrown in jail for a very long time. Not to mention the panic his disruptive actions would cause. #SecurityThreat

Meanwhile in other parts of the non Caucasian world where it is actually illegal to be gay, people are jailed, brutally beaten often to death, lynched, and even hanged. Here is an example which unfortunately for the people in the photograph, didn’t get any #Hashtags.

Their crime? They loved each other in Iran. This is the before picture, the after is just as easy to find for those that are curious.

How can we know about these things when the Russians and their sympathizers (that sounded very harsh) have monopolized everyone’s attention and made sure that the spotlight is planted securely on them, to the demise of everyone else who actually needs it- and with urgency? For example, the entire time short period of time that everybody was up in arms and solidarity over Russia, Uganda passed the revised Kill The Gays bill and, not to be outdone, Nigeria passed the Arrest All The Gays bill. I can’t help imagining that to a gay Iranian, Nigerian or Ugandan, moving to Russia would be like living in a Utopia, seriously! It is not illegal to be gay in Russia and your rights to exist there are protected by the constitution of Russia and the European Union.

This week, Canada has refused to issue visitor visas to 10 Ugandan activists invited to Toronto’s World Pride human rights conference in June, over concerns that they would stay to seek asylum. Ummm, HELLO!!! Do you know what they do to gay people in Uganda? But if you were Russian of course (where it is not illegal to be gay),

” LGBT Russians seeking refuge from their country’s anti-gay hostility can take some comfort in knowing that Canada, at least, will favor their asylum claims. Chris Alexander, Canada’s immigration minister, said that claims “related to this particular issue will of course be looked at very seriously by our very generous system.”

As someone who went through hell to seek asylum in Canada (thank god)  because of the laws in my country, I must say that I find this sort of hypocrisy and double standard to be outrageous. How dare these officials insinuate that it is the imigrants who abuse the system while they oppenly offer favoritism to some groups while condemning others. Its almost as if your treatment depends on the type of passport you hold or ethnicity.

Equal human rights for all. #JustSaying

Emilio Pucci Goes Maasai

May 21, 2014 8:36 pm

While browsing a high end boutique yesterday, I stumbled onto the most amazing little dress by Emilio Pucci inspired by, the Maasai tribes of Kenya and Tanzania and their ornate and elaborate bead work.

This was the dress I saw. The entire top part with all the color is hand beaded in traditional Maasai fashion.

How much is this little dress you may be wondering? I cannot remember exactly but I am pretty sure it was more than $4000. Why was it that much? Because of the beading. Personally, I loved the dress.

So some of you might not be aware of what traditional Maasai bead work and jewelry looks like. Witness below.

A couple of young Maasai teenagers adorned in traditional wear which is waaaaaaay more detailed and intricate than the $4000 Pucci dress and YET, they are probably in that $1/day income bracket while others make thousands from being inspired by them.

This is something that really bums me out sometimes. How people with such a rich culture that spans hundreds of thousands of years can be present day peasants.  I can talk about this topic because I am actually from Kenya (born and raised), even though you do not need to be Kenyan to talk about geographic inequalities and effects of globalization.

Check out more items by Pucci that are currently in stores and retailing very very expensive.

This is the IT shoe of the season that I predict you will see all the hot celebrities wearing as soon as it hits stores any minute now.

And this skirt

OK so I am not an Anthropologist or Historian but I can’t help but notice that since the scramble for Africa and eventually its colonization, we Africans (for a myriad of reasons) dropped our culture like a hot potato to embraced Western culture, I am living proof! lol. Now that I am enlightened, I do my part by trying to showcase all the beauty of Africa through my blog.

You cannot look at this image and tell me the craftsmanship doesn't rival any one of the Parisian haute couture houses. If only we would have fought to maintain our culture, I can only imagine the industry that could have developed.

I bet you that this will become all the rage in all across Africa now that Western celebrities will be rocking the Maasai look… so sad!

Selassé by Francesco Carrozzini for Vogue Italia

May 17, 2014 11:04 pm

Check out this hottie from Ghana known as Selassé, she was featured in Vogue Italia in an editorial shot by Francesco Cattozzini.

And now for the absolutely favorite part about this goddess of beauty and perfection. …..

Many many moons ago when her (in the black and white dress) and I (in the rainbow dress) and the girl with the glasses used to be roommates! IMAGINE! All of us in this pic still keep in touch and are still good friends.

Even more amazing is that, she worked for many years trying to get her big break as a model in the U.S, when it didn’t happen as well as we wanted, she quit and moved back home to Ghana to start her own agency.

One day while walking on the beach in Ghana just minding her own business, it so happens that the editor in chief of Italian Vogue also randomly happened to be on that very same beach. The rest is now history!

We are all very very happy

“Icons Of The Bible” by James C. Lewis

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I just stumbled upon this clever photographers work of art, one of those things that made me go, “why has this never been done before?” Check out James C. Lewis and his “Icons Of The Bible” exhibition.

The series, which will be fully released in October, features 70 models who identify as either Asian, Native American, Hispanic, African, Middle Eastern, Black American and West Indian.

“I think it is very important to see one’s self in the Scripture so that it may become real in their eyes,” Lewis told The Huffington Post. “The whitewashing of the Bible has always bothered me. However I’m happy to now have the opportunity to give a different point of view.”

“I wish to exhibit a splash of color onto the biblical pages of history with my creative embellishments. By doing so I hope to open the minds and eyes of the ignorant and create open conversations of how we can learn to see the world through colorful lenses. After all, the Gospel of Jesus Christ is intended for everyone.”

For those who’d like to see the entire collection, “Icons Of The Bible” will on display from November 2014 to February 2015 in Atlanta, GA.

Hottie Of The Day: Ulisses Williams Jr.

May 14, 2014 5:14 pm

I haven’t been feeling motivated to blog lately but worry not, changes are coming soon. In any case, like I was saying, very few things have made me feel like adding content on the blog… enter ADONIS Ulisses Williams Jr. I just stumbled upon him.

For starters, he has shot with my favorite fashion photographer Solve Sundsbo alongside supermodel Giselle Bundchen.

He is a celebrated fitness model and body builder.

He is anatomically correct

Did I mention he is anatomically correct?

All jokes aside, I cant even begin to imagine, commitment the time and dedication it takes to sculpt your body to look like that. This also makes him motivational.

Check out his website for more info.

Introducing; CONCHITA WURST

May 10, 2014 7:51 pm

I just found out about Conchita Wurst 4 days ago (I should have blogged about him then) and now, Conchita is a bonafide superstar!

I was initially intrigued when I saw his unique look as a contestant representing Austria at the Eurovision Song Contest 2014. I watched a video of his live performance and LOVED IT!

Below is Conchita Wurst on the final night of Eurovision performing the winning song, Rise Like A Phoenix. A total Diva! This should be the title and soundtrack for the next Bond movie, thoughts?

People are already comparing Conchita's appearance to Kim Kardashian, I think the resemblance is uncanny.

Watch the video below to get to know a little bit about Conchita.