Happy Wednesday & Happy August everyone!
New Month, New blessings. Shoutout to Hey Fran Hey ✨
I’ve had an amazing week so far. I had a much needed girls day on Saturday. Two of my close friends and I drank wine, did facials, had girl talk and a late night dip in the hot tub. Sometimes a day with your girls can be the best medicine.
On Sunday, Aaron and I went to a birthday brunch for our friend Sha. We had so much fun eating, playing games,dancing to music, and drinking endless mimosas! Lol so my weekend was spent making memories with great people. Amazing vibes.
This week at work, we’ve been preparing for camp! It is officially two weeks away! I am so excited for this experience. My first time camping and I’m being paid to go…
*let me just take a moment to praise God*
Everything we have planned for camp is super creative and centered around women’s self care. So you guys know I am amped! We’ll be zip-lining, swimming dancing, doing yoga, listening to women empowerment speakers, making vision boards, and more. My mom keep saying “ask your boss can you bring me!”😂
All this black excellence taking place in the news has also made this a great week! If you don’t know by now, I am a Oakland Warriors fan so I can’t stand Lebron during basketball season but these days he’s making it hard to hate him. I first realized he wasn’t that bad when he openly showed his disdain for Trump. He and Steph Curry made it clear that no matter who won the Championship neither were going to the White House. Lebron even publicly called Trump “a bum.” 😂
I love people who stand tall in their beliefs. My biggest turn off is the people who remain neutral or don’t say anything against injustice. You have a voice… use it! So Lebron will always have my respect for that alone.
Lebron is a very positive black male role model in the industry. Unlike most black celebrities he is always been active in the black community. It is also clear that he is a great father and husband. I will always love that about him. With all that being said, I still won’t go as far as calling him the GOAT in basketball or anything. But he’s for sure a stand up guy.
This week it was announced that NBA superstar, Lebron James opened his first elementary school for at-risks students in his hometown Akron, Ohio.
What a great example of a leader on and off the court. By creating this school he’s showing the children he cares for their education, their family’s well being, and their futures. Our community doesn’t benefit when celebrities brag about multi-million dollar cars, houses, and jewelry. I love seeing celebrities sow seeds back into the people. Building schools, paying for education, and setting the youth up for success is how we create a better tomorrow. The government is making it clear that they don’t care so it’s nice to see someone use their wealth to uplift the community.
Click here to read more about Lebron’s new elementary school ‘I Promise’
It was also announced that not only will Beyonce be on the cover of Vogue’s September issue but Anna Wintour will be giving her ‘unprecedented control” aka a Vogue Takeover!
“According to Huffington Post, Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour has given Beyoncé “unprecedented control” over her photographs and the captions, all of which the singer will write.” – CNN News
For the first time in 126 years a black photographer will be hired to shoot Vogue’s cover shot. Yes you read right, 126 years…
As a black creative in the fashion community, reading that for the first time made me extremely sad but not I’m not surprised. In the fashion industry working with Vogue is a big dream for most of us. To know that it took 126 years for Vogue to hire a black photographer for their cover is heartbreaking but not surprising. Especially because this photographer isn’t being hired by Vogue staff he is being brought on by Beyonce. I wanted to go on a rant about how ludicrous this is but instead I will celebrate this moment. Beyonce is once again opening the doors for the black creative youth. Earlier this year she was the first black woman to headline Coachella now she will be taking over Vogue and hiring it’s first young black cover photographer. I can either be upset that it took this long or celebrate the fact that change is coming.
Last spring, Mitchell photographed the cover of Teen Vogue, featuring gun control activists Emma Gonzalez, Sarah Chadwick, Nza-Ari Khepra, and Jaclyn Corin. He has also shot celebrities including Spike Lee and Jaden Smith and filmed music videos, although he’s hesitant to draw a distinction between his art practice and work for commercial clients. – Art Net
The time is now. We’ve been putting in the work without proper recognition and fair opportunities for long enough. Black leaders who have put in the work are opening the doors for the youth. The name of the game is paving the way for the next generation. We have to start somewhere and slowly but surely we are breaking the mold!
Another break in black excellence this week, it was announced that co-host of the Read podcast, Kid Fury and Emmy Award winning screenwriter, actress and producer Lena Waithe are collaborating on a new HBO comedy show! As a supporter and huge fan of Kid Fury and The Read podcast I AM SO EXCITED!!! This is a big deal for black creative entrepreneurs everywhere!
First the amazing Issa Rae, went from her homemade YouTube series to being the first black woman to create and star in a premium cable series. *Sidenote: Insecure is coming back this month!!!
Next the amazing writer, TV host, and transgender rights activist Janet Mock became the first trans woman of color to ever direct a television show. FX’s Pose features the largest-ever cast of transgender actors in starring roles in TV history, according to Billboard.
Now Kid Fury is coming from Youtube and podcasting to now creating a HBO comedy series. I’ve read a few tweets regarding the details of the show but I am excited to see what’s to come!
People of color from every background are breaking barriers and being heard and I am ecstatic!!! History is being made before our eyes! If this isn’t motivation for us all to keep going and keep working no matter what… I don’t know what is.
I am inspired to keep working and fine tuning my craft. We all have to continue to work on being the best versions of ourselves.