Whats Poppington: Black Girl Magic

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Have you ever started your day out at work with tons of questions in regards to your hair. For example, OMG! How did your hair get so long, or wow it looks so natural, how did you do that and my all time favorite, your hair is so curly and short, I didn’t know you could get it that straight with so much length.

If you know anything about black girl magic then all of these comments and questions relate to you. Black hair is a blog in itself. There are tons of topics to discuss when it comes to black hair, but to be particular I want to talk about the natural movement vs creamy crack (a relaxer) .

I was natural for years, so long that I cant remember the year I went natural. About three months ago I cut my hair short and ran back to the relaxer.

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Both styles are natural I have a keratin treatment in one picture and a natural wash and go in the other

I made the decision to go back to a relaxer because as a new mom I could not keep up my natural hair. I LOVED it I honestly did, but keeping it healthy takes a lot of time and dedication. Lotioning, oiling, twisting and braiding every night for an hour was not working. And, If I had to wash my hair that day, well lets just add an extra hour to my hair care mayhem. So, tie all that in with having a new baby and see what you come out with. For me it didn’t work and I opt for a cute relaxed tapered cut.

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These are before and afters. Naturally curly hair and then relaxed and cut hair.

Every now and then I hit my co-workers with a little black girl magic. It’s fun and I love different looks. Just because I where a weave from time to time or relaxed hair does not mean that I don’t love my color or my natural mane. If you ask a few of the “woke” bothers and sisters that question, get ready to have a seat and listen to the how, what and whys of how black woman should not relax or weave their hair. F.Y.I just because your awake now (as am I) that doesn’t mean you can preach to anyone about how they decide to where their hair. Natural, weaved, or relaxed it’s all beautiful, just maintain healthy hair and choose for yourself your needs to suit your purpose.

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The long hair is a weave and the other is braided extensions.

In every picture I look different, hair will do that for you, and I enjoyed every look. So, there you have it folks, that’s why it’s called black girl magic.

What’s Poppington: Jenifer Vanderhorst The Blogger

 

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Hello there, I’m Jenifer Vanderhorst the blogger. Pretty-N-Poppington is an outlet for me to explore and discuss urban culture, entertainment, and lifestyle. Everything that is posted on PnP comes from that expressive space in my head that’s always itching to get out and talk about any and everything. I am from Charleston, SC born and raised, and I love to post and showcase independent artist of all genres, local events, and eatery’s, from the Charleston area. Charleston is a beautiful place to live and it was more beautiful growing up . We have a tremendous amount of black culture, success, and beautiful life here in Charleo, and It means a lot to me to showcase the black positivity that my city has to offer.

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Hannibal’s Kitchen in Downtown Charleston SC

I started PrettynPoppington back in 2010. I started it because I lost my creativity. I wasn’t working for MAC Cosmetics any longer (after a seven year tenure.) I wasn’t practicing as a licensed esthetitian (I’ve been licensed now for thirteen years) and I was no longer traveling and working in the entertainment industry as a freelance makeup artist. So, I didn’t have that much needed outlet of expression. I yearned to get back into something that revved my quirky engine, so PrettynPoppington is here and now it’s a thing.

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Every now and then you might see a beauty or fashion post from me, because those are also loves of mine. When PnP first got started we were a beauty and fashion blog and we did very well. I decided to go another route because I lost my fashion blogger and did not want to search for anyone else (he was absolutely amazing.)  Secondly my industry changed along with my life. Suddenly lifestyle and culture became more important to me, along with supporting my community. I truly hope you enjoy my website and my opinions on all things urban culture, entertainment and lifestyle with a Charleston flare. If you have any suggestions leave a comment. Thank you.

 ~Jenifer Vanderhorst~

What’s Poppington: Dick Gregory Say’s “Give Them Something To Lose”

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While watching Dick Gregory speak in an interview by Comedy Hype, I swear to you it felt like I was sitting down patiently listening to my grand dad speak wisdom mixed with a touch of cra cra. Gregory spoke on the current issue of killings by the hands of police officers that blacks face in America. He gives his thoughts on how to correct the problem and what will bring the shootings to a drastic halt. Dick Gregory say’s, “give them something to lose.”

While watching the clip below please be prepared for rough language. Although Dick Gregory expresses himself in a colorful way, the message behind his words can change Americas police brutality issues for lifetimes to come.

How do you make a cop change? It’s simple.. you pass legislation and say every cop has to be insured… Everybody carrying a gun has to be insured. The first time you violate that, you lose your license…. Now do you hate niggas more than you like feeding your family?… Give them something that they can’t afford to lose.. -Dick Gregory-

The Poppington Life: How To Choose A Bottle of Wine

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Wine can be that cocktail in disguise that makes you feel that its okay to drink 4 to 5 glasses, then when you least expect it it sneaks up on you and your loaded with liquid fun. Whenever that happens I’m at a friends or with family. I never seem to be the one to pick out the wine for special events or get togethers. When I drink wine I have three go to’s that I choose from, Riesling, White Zinfandel, and Champs (Champagne). As you can see I’m a white girl, well a white wine girl that is.

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I personally do not know a lot about wine. All I know is what I like and what I like taste good. So, if your anything like me the knowledge that goes with choosing wine along with the how’s and why’s you know nothing about, and your lost like a missing needle in a hey stack. I have found a few tips on choosing a bottle of wine for the first time. I’m more than sure that these tips will help you on your wine purchasing journey because they have helped me.

Read the label

I know the bottle is pretty and the price may be a little fancy, but read the label.

While wines that say “table wine” or “California wine” might be perfectly delicious, they also raise red flags. “These wines are composed of grapes from a very large region (a state or even an entire country) and, although sometimes just fine in quality, tend to be noticeably bland or unbalanced,” says Turley.

Know your adjectives

Know what sweet, fruity, dry and other descriptions mean.

“There is a difference between a sweet wine and one that is fruit-forward,” notes Turley. “Sweet wines, like a port or some Rieslings, tend to be more syrupy, which is wine’s way of exhibiting sweetness. But a wine may have a nose of tropical fruit and honeysuckle but, upon tasting, are crisp, clean and wash out the mouth in a quick flush.”

When in doubt? Go for a rosé

Yes! Lets take the lead of Rickie Rose’ (Rick Ross the raper) and pop a bottle of rose’

“A crisp, dry rosé will have refreshing acidity and lively effervescence to help accent most dishes,” says Turley. “Rosés also work especially well with cheese plates.”

I hope these few tips help with your next wine purchase. Lets stay on this wine trip together and learn more about the world of wine. Check back with PrettynPoppington on our lifestyle page for more wine post.

What’s Poppington: Nude Lingerie For Women of Color

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I remember speaking with a friend at work about this line of nude lingerie for black woman, and while having that conversation I thought to myself my prayers have been answered. All to often when getting dressed for what ever occasion a plain black bra and pantie set just doesn’t fit the bill and when you go shopping you’ll most definitely find nude underwear, just not your shade of nude.

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Well girls,fret no more. Nubian Skin has answered our prayers and they have an array of nude skin tones to select from, as well as they should, being that our beautiful black hue comes in many shades.

Nubian Skin founder, Ade Hassan, decided it was time for ‘a different kind of nude’.

Inspired by trail blazing women, Eunice W. Johnson and super model Iman, who created Fashion Fair and Iman cosmetics, Ade took the leap and created Nubian Skin.  It’s been an uphill battle, but every revolution starts somewhere.

Nubian Skin launched with a carefully edited collection of lingerie and hosiery to provide the essential underwear needs of women of colour.  Headquartered in London, Nubian Skin delivers worldwide and looks forward to growing the company’s offering and expanding its reach.

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To Shop Nubian Skin visit www.nubianskin.com  plus sizes are available as well.

What’s Poppington: Love And Hip-Hop Hot Summer Reveal

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Tonight was the night for the hot Summer reveal of Tammy Rivera’s swimwear line on Love and Hip-Hop Atlanta. Tammy Rivera is the wife of rapper Waka Flocka. Tammy has now stepped into the fashion designer lane making an even bigger name for herself and making a loyal customer out of me.

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With celebs like NeNe Leaks and gal pal Bambi rocking her line fans all around will have these suits flying off the shelves. If your shy on showing skin, this line of swimwear may not be for you. Lets just say these suits are more for wear and stare instead of fun in the sun. When you attend your next pool side event that doesn’t really require a fun dive into water, grab your hottest pair of stilettos and Tammy Rivera Swimwear.

What’s Poppington: The Black Cultural Smudge

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Do you all ever wonder where the originators of hip -hop dancing went? I’m talking about the original you got served style of dance. The Omarion and Marcus Huston type dancers before things, “changed”. What about the beginners of authentic rap music and  hip hop before it became “mainstream” and replicated by the “masses”. How about the authentic ethnic beauty features of a black woman like the beautiful and cornbread fed Porche Williams, full lips, full hips, and plump derrieres, before the Kim K’s, and Kylie’s bought and attached those features to their bodies and made it “a thing.” Do you ever wonder what happened to these people, the originators of black culture? Well, we’re still here living and still having our culture smudged. Is it okay to become obsolete in specific areas while other people adopt, and/or steal our culture? Does it affect our identities? What do we do about the black culture smudge?

What’s Poppington: 25 Summer Getaways For The Black Professional

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Are you ready for that much needed Summer vacation? Are these two plaguing questions, where to go and what to do, stopping you from figuring out where the black professionals go to cut loose and have a good time. Well, worry no more. I have found a list of 25 top getaways provided by www.idontdoclubs.com . This top 25 list of festivals, parties, solo getaways, and conferences will satisfy your need to “duck off” for summer vacation is one you should bookmark.

Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival in Martha’s Vineyard, MA

August 8 – 13, 2016, add to your calendar
Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival 2016Founded by North Carolina-based Floyd and Stephanie Rance of Run and Shoot Filmworks, MVAAFF will present films by African-American directors from around the world.
mvaaff.com, @mvaaff

NABJ Convention & Career Fair in Washington, DC

August 3 – 7, 2016, add to your calendar
NABJ Convention 2016National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) annually holds the nation’s largest journalism convention and career fair each summer with plenary sessions and workshops for career and professional development. This year they’re partnering with the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.
nabj.org/event/nabjregistration2016, @nabjofficial

National Urban League Conference in Baltimore, MD

August 3 – 6, 2016, add to your calendar
National Urban League Conference 2016An inspiring and empowering conference that will provide you with unmatched professional, civic engagement, business development, and networking opportunities.
The National Urban League Young Professionals (NULYP), is a National Urban League volunteer, member, auxiliary that targets professionals ages 21 – 40 to empower their communities and change lives through the Urban League Movement.
nul.iamempowered.com, @naturbanleague

Oakland Art and Soul Festival in Oakland, CA

August 20 – 21, 2016, add to your calendar
Oakland Art and Soul Festival 2016Two sensational days of music, food, fun and art in beautiful downtown Oakland.
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Odunde Festival in Philadelphia, PA

June 2016 (official dates have not been released yet)
Odunde Festival 2016The largest African American street festival on the east coast with 500,000 people, over 12 city blocks, and two stages of live entertainment.
odundefestival.org, @odundefestival

One Music Fest in Atlanta, GA

September 2016 (official dates have not been released yet)
One Music Fest 2016One Musicfest brings together different artists to perform on their own terms, setting the stage for music genres to bleed into one another. One MusicFest creates the magic of a unique urban music experience inspired by alternative culture, sound and thought.
onemusicfest.com, @onemusicfest

Parlour Magazine’s #TravelFly Solo Weekend in the U.S. Virgin Islands

June 9 – 13, 2016, add to your calendar
TravelFly Solo Weekend 2016The #TravelFly Solo Weekend is a 5 day/4 night self-care inspired trip that is dedicated to whatever your heart desires. Designed as a “solo trip,” there is no large crew required, just you (and a bestie if you wish!), our “solo” guide to the islands and no group-think or pre=planned itineraries.
parlourmagazine.com/2015/12/the-travelfly-solo-weekend, @parlourmagazine

The Roots Picnic in Philadelphia, PA

June 4, 2016, add to your calendar
the roots picnic 2016The Roots want to “break you off” at their annual event in it’s 9th year.
rootspicnic.com, @rootspicnic

Sweetlife Festival in Columbia, MD

May 2016 (official dates have not been released yet)
Sweetlife Festival 2016A two-day festival featuring over 22 hours of music and more than 25 of our favorite artists. “Sweetlife” is about meaningful living and authentic relationships.
sweetlifefestival.com

UPTOWN Uncorked Food & Wine Festival in Napa Valley, CA

July 2016 (official dates have not been released yet)
UPTOWN Uncorked Food & Wine Festival 2016Enjoy a uniquely curated, 5-star immersion into Napa Valley culture with private vineyard tours, wine tasting, golf, yoga, live music, spa, comedy and culinary delights prepared by renowned chefs.

For the rest of the list please visit www.idontdoclubs.com

What’s Poppington: Jessie Williams Guns Fired and Drop The Mic Amazing Speech

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Jesse Williams, man oh man, I was left speechless along with thousands of others after watching the 2016 BET Awards Humanitarian recipients’ speech. This man is more than a fictional character suited in medical scrubs and a lab coat as seen on Grey’s Anatomy. Jessie Williams is for the fight and for the uplift-meant and equal rights of black Americans. He stands on the front lines supporting, and fighting for equality that’s much needed still in 2016. Watching him speak made me feel like I was apart of something great, he spoke like a passionate activist ready to employ change by any means necessary. Click play and watch Jesse Williams in action.

Whats Poppington: “Dem Thick Up Gal” and Monif C Swimwear

 

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Summer is here, and as a Charleston SC native, I can assure you that it isn’t going to get any cooler anytime soon. For the fuller figured women or “dem thick up gal” this means less clothes and more skin. So, what do you do, or I should say what should “dem thick up gal” do?

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Swimwear for full figured women aren’t the most attractive selections seen in your local or big box retailers. I feel that all women are beautiful no matter what size, but lets be honest, retailers do not cater to fashion, and style when making plus size clothing. So again, what do you do? You go somewhere that offers what you want and need. These few words can solve all of your swimwear shopping dilemmas. shop online at Monif C.

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While surfing the web I ran across this online boutique and I was happily impressed. Monif C offers designer clothing for all occasions along with designer swimwear. If you fall in the plus size, full figure, or thick up category you need to shop Monif C. The clothing is sexy, sophisticated and fashionable. For a higher end designer boutique the pieces are moderately priced yet affordable for that chic diva that doesn’t mind spending  some coins on boutique prices. Take my word for it, every cent will be well worth your purchase.

What’s Poppington: South Africa’s street culture: Mzansi Style Guide Vol. 1 – Braamfontein Scene

“Following the trailer of “Mzansi Style Guide,” we bring you the first episode of our three-part series which looks at South Africa’s street culture and the personalities that make up its creative landscape ….” By

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“In this segment, we visit concept store Area 3, sneaker boutique DIP ST. and local hangout Father Coffee, all of which have become bastions of light for the streetwear community in Jozi. Tucked away on the second floor of an inconspicuous mall, DIP ST. has become a mainstay for those looking for both local and foreign brands. While DIP’s operations continue to be hindered by crime (with founder Tusa Mamba putting a halt on sneaker campouts for the safety of his customers), the store and its surrounding retailers take pride in bridging the gap between rare, quality designs from Europe and the Far East with its loyal customer base. Check out “Braamfontein Scene” above and stay tuned for episode 2 ….” By

 

What’s Poppington: Happy Father’s Day Top 5 Gifts For The Younger Dad

 

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Lets celebrate Father’s Day in style this year. Dads have evolved from their quintessential roles, and they do a lot when it comes to their children. So, why not splurge a little and show him exactly how much he means to you and your family. Here’s PrettynPoppington’s top 5 gifts for a younger dad. Happy Father’s Day!

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Haurex Mens Maestro Black Dial Chronograph Watch $925

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Adidas Yeezy 350 Boost Pirate Black $1499.99

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PlayStation 4 500GB Console – Call of Duty Black Ops III Bundle $350.00

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Bleu De Chanel 10oz Eau De Toilette $225.00

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Hennessy XO Cognac 700mL $225.00

What’s Poppington: Trinidad and Tobago’s Delia Alleyne Creates High Fashion

 

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“Let’s Paint” collection by fashion designer Delia Alleyne. www.DeliaAlleyne.com

High fashion with Caribbean inspiration is the perfect look for Summer 2016. Bold colorful trendsetting pieces is what you’ll get with the Let’s Paint collection by Delia Alleyne. Residing in Trinidad and Tobago, Delia creates fashions tailored towards confident women. Painting is like a metaphor for life…“, explains Delia. “We are born as blank canvases waiting to be. Then moment by moment; stroke by stroke… We create life’s memories by applying one colorful moment in our life at a time.” The “Let’s Paint” women’s fashion collection offers a splash of colorful contrast against black silhouettes. The line was introduced during the September 2015 market week in New York City. Rompers, jackets, funky trousers and that classic little black dress are available in the collection. Do not hesitate to shop and browse more fashions at www.deliaalleyne.com.

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“Let’s Paint” collection by fashion designer Delia Alleyne. www.DeliaAlleyne.com

What’s Poppington: Charleston’s Own “The Cocktail Bandits”

 

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Taneka Reaves and Johnny Caldwell, better known as the “Cocktail Bandits” at the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival. Photo by K. Marie Lewis-Fox

When I look at the image above I see two pioneering beautiful black women that has invaded an industry that is predominantly ran by Caucasians, stylishly created their own lane, and has made skeptics into believers. Best of all they are from Charleston SC, the place where I was born and raise, and the place that I call home. I have encountered these two at events on the Charleston scene, but I do not know them personally, and still I am extremely proud of their accomplishments. Taneka Reaves and Johnny Caldwell has been featured on NBCNews/NBCBLK  highlighting what they know (cocktails) and what they do best (mixology).

Taneka Reaves and Johnny Caldwell are shaking up the cocktail and beverage game.

The duo, better known as the Cocktail Bandits, presented to a sold out room during this year’s Atlanta Food & Wine Festival. It was their second time at the four-day celebration of southern cuisine, which took place June 2-5.

The seminar engaged the history of beverages in South Carolina “from moonshine to craft beer to sweet tea.” The self-proclaimed Southern Libationists shared the history of select beverages while attendees had a chance to taste.

 

What’s Poppingtion: Panda Desiigner vs Karmin Who Did it Better?

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Karmin? Who’s Karmin? Karmin is only the dope ass duo that became YouTube sensations after covering Chris Brown’s look at me now featuring Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes a few years back, April 12, 2011 to be exact. If that hasn’t refreshed your memory you need to come out from under the rock you’ve been sleeping under, but until then I’ll just tell you more. Amy Heidemann, the female half of Karmin, has amazing vocals and a natural flow when it comes to rap. Rather she’s rapping a cover or her own bars she kills it every time. Her fiance, Nick Noonan, is the talented keyboardist in the background doing his thing. The two got signed back in 2011 and now has out two singles, “Hello” and “Brokenhearted” they both have landed in Billboard‘s Hot 100 chart and reached number one on the dance chart.The two are at it again with their new remix cover of Panda, by Desiigner. And for the record, I like their version better, but don’t take my word for it, judge for yourself and tell me know what you think below.