29 June 2010

Betsey Johnson Fall 2010

We all know Betsey Johnson is a bit eccentric. Well she's more than a bit. But all the same, we LOVE her cooky crazy clothes. I really like some of the designs for her Fall 2010 collection. I thought it was cute also that Kelly Osbourne started the show. But I love her prints and lace cuts. They are definately to die for.

Rag & Bone Fall 2010



I love Rag & Bone's Fall 2010 collection. After I saw their summer 2010 collection I knew they were a force to be recknoed with. I just did not know they would come this full force. I love their tweed incorporation, as well as the the hint of plum colors in some of the designs. I have never been a fan of military or cargo styled clothes, but they make it look good for the fall. Rag & Bone aren't orginally women's wear designers so I think it makes the pieces all that more special.

Everday...

Everyday is slightly different.
Everyday is slightly better or worse than the day before.
Everyday is full of new experiences.
Everyday is open to interpretation.
Everyday allows you to fix the mistakes of yesterday.
Everyday allows you to make new mistakes.
Everyday gives you new hope, new light.
Everyday is a blessing.
Everyday is as good as you make it.
Everyday is full of oppurtunity.

Carpe diem.


28 June 2010

Chris Brown Performs at 2010 BET Awards



At last night's airing of the BET Awards, Chris Brown was finally able to perform his tribute piece marking the one year anniversary of the death of legendary singer/dancer/performer Michael Jackson. There had been a lot of fuss on twitter about why Beyonce, Jay-Z, and Rihanna weren't at the awards. Now we seem to know why.

Hands down Chris Brown killed the MJ tribute. Personally, as a Chris Brown fan I was really upset that he was unable to perform last year. We all know that what he did to Rihanna was unexcusable, but we also know that the only people who can properly come close to MJ are Usher, Ne-yo, and Chris Brown, hands down.

Chris Brown finally got his time to shine and pay his proper respects to his idol and music great. A lot of people criticized him for crying at the end of the performance. They believe it was stagged and he is simply looking for media attention. I personally do not believe it was stagged and I hope that Chris Brown's career will eventually begin moving back in the right direction.

Enjoying D.C.

Jazz in the Garden with Oriana and friends
After work one day.
TFAS Cookout
Apt hopping.
TFAS Cookout
TFAS Cookout
TFAS Cookout me and my mentor.
So this weekend I went to Jazz in the Park and TFAS had an alumini cookout. Here are some pictures. Enjoy.

Quote of the Day


"All of us driven by a simple belief that the world as it is just won't do - that we have an obligation to fight for the world as it should be."

- Michelle Obama

If people never took the time to fight for change, so many disparities in the world would never be fixed. So many voices would never be heard. I think it's our duties to fight and/or stand for something. A positive change must always be made in the world.

25 June 2010

My Tribute: Aunt Jean.... R.I.P

My Tribute: Aunt Jean... R.I.P
This is a tribute that I wrote for my Op-Ed class last semester about my Great Aunt Jean who was killed tragically. She was a beautiful woman and although I never met her I look up to her so much. My grandmother speaks of her with the highest praise and admiration. My grandmother tells me I remind her of my aunt Jean. We are both geminis. We are both into fashion. We both love to travel. We are both stylish. It makes me feel like I'm kind of a part of her. A living breathing version of her for my grandmother, for my family. Please take the time out to read the whole piece. Enjoy =)

Aunt Jean... R.I.P 
By: Krishana Davis


A life taken too soon, a devastating event that created a ripple in the pond of two families. Dagama Jean Mason nee’ Dagama Jean Scales passed on December 1, 1969 when she was shot and killed by an estranged companion while on the job at Howard Park Recreation Center in Baltimore, MD. Mason was supervising a basketball game at the recreation center when a man she seemed to recognize entered the gym. At 8:25 pm she was pronounced dead. Mason walked outside into the hallway to speak with him and was murdered in cold blood. The former boyfriend was later arrested and convicted for her murder.
Dagama Jean Mason was born on June 1, 1936 in Martinsville, Va. Her parents moved her to Baltimore, MD shortly thereafter in search of better job opportunities. Mason was the oldest of seven children and was always very outgoing. As a child she loved being around people. She was very social a loved to talk. Mason’s father was a reverend and she became very active in church. She attended P.S. #159 in Cherry Hill in Baltimore. While there she became very interested in fashion. After graduating with her high school diploma Mason had dreams of traveling around the country.
Mason made her dreams a reality and she started with the Big Apple. She moved to New York City with a friend and began her career as a hair model for a reputable modeling agency. After spending some time in the industry, she decided that the constant changing and wear and tear on her hair was becoming too much. She packed up everything and moved to Chicago where she dibbled and dabble in different things.
A few years later Mason packed up and moved to California where she met jazz musician Earl Mason. Earl Mason was a pianist in legendary jazz musician Louis Armstrong’s band. While there she fell in love and the two were married. While living in California, Mason and her husband worked together to start a small restaurant that catered soul food entrees. Mason’s love for travel was fed as her and her husband traveled around the country with the band as they performed at different gigs. They attended upscale parties and they even visited London for a short period of time. The relationship between Mason and her husband did not last however and she returned to Baltimore, Md.
While in Baltimore Mason found her love and passion for working with children. She started a job at the Howard Park Recreation Center and was almost finished her one year training program with would have ensured her full employment in a career in the recreation department. She would have also qualified to enter a Community College in Baltimore with her tuition fully paid.
Natalia Willis, coordinator for the Baltimore Community College’s CEP program that Mason worked for, stated in the Afro American Newspaper that, “[Mason] was one of our recreation aides, one of our excellent students doing a fine job.”
Younger sister Dorene Garris recalls her sister as a fashionable woman who, “walked with the elegance and class of a model on runway.”
Garris explained that her sister Mason was young and lively. She stated that Mason was always looking to try something new and would call her from California telling her about a new delicacy that she tried, such as chocolate covered ants. Garris said that fashion was in her sister’s blood. Mason wore the finest cape suits with dainty hats and gloves.
Mason’s death is an example of the one of the worst crimes against women, domestic violence. Even forty years later women in America still battle with abuse husbands and boyfriends. Awareness of the signs of overly aggressive and abusive men is needed give young woman in potentially abusive relationships a fighting chance at living and pursuing their dreams. Mason’s life was cut short at the young age of 33 before she even had a chance to make a huge impact on the greater society.
According to the National Organization for Women 1,181 women were killed in 2005 by an intimate partner.   
The organizations explained that, “domestic violence can be defined as a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over an intimate partner.”
The National Center for Injury Prevention and Control stated that “women experience about 4.8 million intimate partner-related physical assaults and rapes every year.”
Organizations like NOW should help to bring young women awareness about the signs and symptoms of abusive men. Organizations like the House of Ruth, an underground shelter for battered women and their children, should be broadcasted and supported through state and federal grants to ensure that women attempting to escape abusive relationships have some place to escape. 

24 June 2010

Style Spotlight:Jessica Biel

Jessica Biel has really come a long way since "7th Heaven". I love her style. It's classic and clean, but it still manages to interwine some edge into it. Her choices have a timeless beauty to them, and they would probably still be consindered fashionable in any decade. I love <3



Style Spotlight:Jessica Biel

A Sense of Accomplishment

I finally got my first two articles printed in the Afro-American Newspaper. The same paper that wrote the article about my Great Aunt Jean over 40 years ago when she was gunned down at her job by her deranged ex-boyfriend. It's almost ironic that my second story is just as sad, just as grusome, just as heart wrenching. On some level I am really happy that I am writing at the Afro Newspaper. I feel like I can give people awareness of the dangers in the world, like someone else did when they reported my great aunt's story. Of course I never met her she waas killed in 1969. But my grandmother constantly tells me I remind her of my aunt. Almost like we're the same person. I actually wrote a piece about her and in the incident for my Op-Ed class last semester which I never posted on my blog, but I definitely will later tonight.

I had to literally DIG through old Afro Newspaper archives at the main Enoch Pratt Library downtown. It was hard because I didn't have the exact year of the incident, just a season and a ball park range of about 5 years. It was heart wrenching for me to interview my grandmother who 40 years later talked about the incident if pain in her voice like it all happened yesterday for her. It makes me as a journalist have a respect for the families of the deceased. Although you are trying to cover their story, their grief is REAL.

Personally, I want my life's work as a journalist to bring some sense of happiness or closure or something to people. I want it to make a positive impact/dent in society. It's a wonderful feeling when you feel like you've found your calling in life, especially for someone like me who has the attention span of a goldfish. I've done a million things, been in a million types of activites, tried a million things. But I know that this is my love and passion, first and foremost. You know you've found your passion when you'd do it for nothing at all, no compensation, nothing PRO BONO.

Here are the links to my first two stories:

"'Transformers' Star Speaks at D.C. School"

"Robbery Leads to Fatal Shooting on NE Benning Rd."

22 June 2010

Quote of the Day

“There are two kinds of women: those who want power in the world, and those who want power in bed”


- Jackie O




Enough said.

Tyrese Comes to D.C. Update

Here is the finished article for my interview with Tyrese Gibson. It was published online at afro.com so check it out and enjoy.

http://www.afro.com/sections/news/washington/story.htm?storyid=1620

21 June 2010

Kelis- 4th of July Offical Video



Fashion knows no bounds with singer Kelis. Before there was Lady Gaga, before there was Nicki Minaj, there was Kelis. She took risks so early in the hip-hop/r&b community that a lot of blacks disowned her as being to forward. I have personally always loved Kelis' style. Enjoy her new video.

20 June 2010

"Beautiful Flower"

Pandora never lets me down. This song just came up on my blackberry. I've never heard a prettier song. Enjoy.

NOH8 Campaign- I am Human PSA



The NOH8 Campaign is a photographic silent protest created by celebrity photographer Adam Bouska (http://www.bouska.net) and partner Jeff Parshley in direct response to the passage of Proposition 8. Photos feature subjects with duct tape over their mouths, symbolizing their voices being silenced by Prop 8 and similar legislation around the world, with "NOH8" painted on one cheek in protest.


On November 4, 2008 Proposition 8 passed in California, amending the state Constitution to ban same-sex marriage. The defeat provoked a groundswell of initiative within the GLBT community at a grassroots level, with many new political and protest organizations being formed in response.


Funds raised by the NOH8 Campaign will be used to continue promoting and raising awareness for Marriage Equality and anti-discrimination on a global level through an educational and interactive media campaign.


http://www.noh8campaign.com/


Celebrities like Amber Rose, Fefe Dobson, the Khardasian sisters, and Kimora Lee Simmons are a few of the celebrities who posed for the NOH8 Campaign.